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    i'm in year 11 and have my heart set on UAL, either CSM, LCC or CMB. i already know that i want to do a foundation diploma in art and design and go on to study graphic communication design (BA Hons).
    i'm set to get pretty much straight a's and a*'s (or equiv. numerical grade) at gcse and this trend will likely follow for a-level. my gcse option subjects are computer science, ict, art, design and technology resistant materials and spanish. the a-levels i'm considering at the moment are art, ict, biology, physics, psyschology, and photography.
    art and ict are the two definites at this stage. the rest are ones i'm considering. i'll be taking 5 in the first year and dropping to 3 in the second. the 5th in the first year is photography. my school only offer photography for the first year.
    are my subject choices besides art going to impede on my entry to UAL if i was to apply?
    i've already done the entire design for a junior magazine at my school, using indesign and other adobe creative cloud packages to do so. i've used photoshop since i was 11. would any of this experience be of any use in these courses?
    but back to the original question, is it bad to have my heart set on a particular higher education course and university?

    thanks in advance
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    Not bad but don't be suprised if you change your mind later (happens to a lot of people if not all). Most important is to put all your attention towards your GCSE exams
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    Can't consider that a bad thing, it is really good to have lots of time to push yourself to achieve your goals. That said, at GCSE it could be possible that you start to only care about subjects that are relevant to your hopeful course, but this likely isn't a huge issue for you. I had a similar plan at this stage, I would just say to be willing to be open to other courses as it's better to be informed about all the possible courses, even if you still decide what you want to do is the same. Also yeah, best focus on exams and don't put too much effort into university research yet.
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    Not bad but don't be suprised if you change your mind later (happens to a lot of people if not all). Most important is to put all your attention towards your GCSE exams
    thanks for your input. i totally get where you're coming from with the whole 'you might change your mind thing', but i think that in general, art college/university/whatever you'd class UAL as is the way to go. i will, of course, be focusing all my attention on my gcses over the coming months.
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    It's great to see you have some what of an idea on what you're doing but the jump from GCSEs to A levels is drastic and your opinion may change overtime so I say focus on achieving the highest and the opportunities will flow in
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    (Original post by Rohit Joshi)
    Can't consider that a bad thing, it is really good to have lots of time to push yourself to achieve your goals. That said, at GCSE it could be possible that you start to only care about subjects that are relevant to your hopeful course, but this likely isn't a huge issue for you. I had a similar plan at this stage, I would just say to be willing to be open to other courses as it's better to be informed about all the possible courses, even if you still decide what you want to do is the same. Also yeah, best focus on exams and don't put too much effort into university research yet.
    that was also my main worry, that i'd disregard the subjects i wouldn't be taking at a-level or wouldn't be relevant for the course i have in mind. i feel this is already starting to happen with spanish...
    i will definitely keep all my eyes and ears open for other ideas. my school have been bleating on to us since september about the importance of 'keeping the doors open'.
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    (Original post by lisseyjj)
    i'm in year 11 and have my heart set on UAL, either CSM, LCC or CMB. i already know that i want to do a foundation diploma in art and design and go on to study graphic communication design (BA Hons).
    i'm set to get pretty much straight a's and a*'s (or equiv. numerical grade) at gcse and this trend will likely follow for a-level. my gcse option subjects are computer science, ict, art, design and technology resistant materials and spanish. the a-levels i'm considering at the moment are art, ict, biology, physics, psyschology, and photography.
    art and ict are the two definites at this stage. the rest are ones i'm considering. i'll be taking 5 in the first year and dropping to 3 in the second. the 5th in the first year is photography. my school only offer photography for the first year.
    are my subject choices besides art going to impede on my entry to UAL if i was to apply?
    i've already done the entire design for a junior magazine at my school, using indesign and other adobe creative cloud packages to do so. i've used photoshop since i was 11. would any of this experience be of any use in these courses?
    but back to the original question, is it bad to have my heart set on a particular higher education course and university?

    thanks in advance
    alicia
    It's definitely not a bad thing to have aspirations or a clear idea of what you want to do However, you need to make sure you're open for changing your mind if you want to change your mind!
    One thing that you should note is the ICT A level has been abolished, so you won't be able to take that as an A level. I've had a quick look and it seems that they don't usually stipulate subjects you should have taken so your other choices will be fine (although art is definitely a good idea). I also wouldn't recommend that took 5 in your first year, as that's a lot of work and there's no need for it. If your school only offers photography in the first year you could do 4 in the first year and 3 in the second which would be plenty of any uni (even if you change your mind for the course you want to do).
    There's nothing bad about having your heart set on something, but definitely do be open to other things!
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    (Original post by Lemur14)
    It's definitely not a bad thing to have aspirations or a clear idea of what you want to do However, you need to make sure you're open for changing your mind if you want to change your mind!
    One thing that you should note is the ICT A level has been abolished, so you won't be able to take that as an A level. I've had a quick look and it seems that they don't usually stipulate subjects you should have taken so your other choices will be fine (although art is definitely a good idea). I also wouldn't recommend that took 5 in your first year, as that's a lot of work and there's no need for it. If your school only offers photography in the first year you could do 4 in the first year and 3 in the second which would be plenty of any uni (even if you change your mind for the course you want to do).
    There's nothing bad about having your heart set on something, but definitely do be open to other things!
    thanks for the detailed advice. my school are offering the next best thing to ict, i think it's computer science?? i will definitely keep my mind open to other options
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    Hellooooooooo ~

    This was exactly my plan and I can tell you, it did NOT turn out the way I thought it would. I actually really ended up disliking UAL, because they really don't seem to care about their students as much as other places (PERSONAL OPINION). And, I skipped foundation all together because I knew I wanted to do Graphics anyway!

    Trust me. Your plan will probably change. And, if you already know what you want to do, why do a foundation? It's like another year of A-Levels. For mine, I did Media, Art, Photography, and Business, because I knew it would help me skip foundation and move right onto the good stuff. Maybe you'll be like that too.

    Unis love to see a wide range of work, especially for graphics courses - simply because you can do so much with it, and also because you can do so much with it - print, gaming, photography, website design, advertising, branding, product design, film, etc. So I would suggest for your A-Levels to maybe choose two art subjects - like Photog and Art - because it gives you a wider portfolio, which is what most of them like to see. I applied to 5 completely different unis and got offers for all of them. You can do this with a foundation, giving you a wider choice, but if you want to focus on Graphics and you're 100% sure, why not save a year?
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    (Original post by lisseyjj)
    thanks for the detailed advice. my school are offering the next best thing to ict, i think it's computer science?? i will definitely keep my mind open to other options
    Ahh...computer science is actually completely different ICT, although it wouldn't seem that way from their course titles. Basically the similarities stop with they use a computer. It is much more respected than ICT in most cases
    I'm sure you know about the differences as you take both at GCSE though!
    That's great
 
 
 
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