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In the future ,I wish to work in the creative field but im not sure in which specific career I wish to have.
My A-levels are Art and Desing , Eng Lit , psychology and as a fourth subject philosophy...are these good? I've heard that the more facilitating subjects you have the better but in this case i've only got one (eng lit)
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Personally I think it depends on what you want to do, and it should be based on your interests, so if those are the subject that you are interested in, then go for it!
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Hi,

Those sound like sensible choices that can have good links between them - two people in my Art class also do English Lit and Psychology so it must be a combination that works well. What kind of creative course/career are you interested in? (more fine art or more practical/professional creativity?)

In terms of the facilitating subjects - this doesn't matter as much if you want to go into the creative field, facilitating subjects are much more important/relevant if you're going to do an academic course at uni.

Also, as you're doing Art, I'd advise against doing 4 A-levels, even if you intend on dropping one after Year 12, because Art needs a lot of your spare time and doing 4 could result in some if not all of them suffering.

Hope this helps
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Hi,

Those sound like sensible choices that can have good links between them - two people in my Art class also do English Lit and Psychology so it must be a combination that works well. What kind of creative course/career are you interested in? (more fine art or more practical/professional creativity?)

In terms of the facilitating subjects - this doesn't matter as much if you want to go into the creative field, facilitating subjects are much more important/relevant if you're going to do an academic course at uni.

Also, as you're doing Art, I'd advise against doing 4 A-levels, even if you intend on dropping one after Year 12, because Art needs a lot of your spare time and doing 4 could result in some if not all of them suffering.

Hope this helps

Thank you so much for your advice. I am really not sure which creative area i would like to work in.There's so many: illustrator, graphic designer , industrial designer...The reason that I want to do art and design a level instead of a specific a level such 3d design , photography or fine art , is so I can explore the different creative areas ...perhaps I will do an a level for art and design and then do a foundation year (which is like btec i guess?)
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Thank you so much for your advice. I am really not sure which creative area i would like to work in.There's so many: illustrator, graphic designer , industrial designer...The reason that I want to do art and design a level instead of a specific a level such 3d design , photography or fine art , is so I can explore the different creative areas ...perhaps I will do an a level for art and design and then do a foundation year (which is like btec i guess?)
What I'd say about doing Art and Design is that it's more likely that you'll be exposed to/end up producing a lot more fine art than design work. Of course this depends on how your school teaches it, and it is in some ways better to practice fine art at this stage because it gives you essential visual language skills that are needed for any creative specialism, but from what you've said it sounds like you're more interested in design than fine art. Because of this, you might be interested in doing a DT subject like Product/3D Design alongside Art and Design. I do A-levels in Art and Product Design and they're both highly enjoyable and creative, but very different to each other because Art is all about concepts and creativity whereas Product Design is about creatively designing practical objects with consideration given to materials, processes and market/client. Doing both Art and DT would be beneficial if you're certain about going into the creative industry because you'll gain many more skills and will have much more varied content to include in your portfolio (for art school admissions).
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What I'd say about doing Art and Design is that it's more likely that you'll be exposed to/end up producing a lot more fine art than design work. Of course this depends on how your school teaches it, and it is in some ways better to practice fine art at this stage because it gives you essential visual language skills that are needed for any creative specialism, but from what you've said it sounds like you're more interested in design than fine art. Because of this, you might be interested in doing a DT subject like Product/3D Design alongside Art and Design. I do A-levels in Art and Product Design and they're both highly enjoyable and creative, but very different to each other because Art is all about concepts and creativity whereas Product Design is about creatively designing practical objects with consideration given to materials, processes and market/client. Doing both Art and DT would be beneficial if you're certain about going into the creative industry because you'll gain many more skills and will have much more varied content to include in your portfolio (for art school admissions).
The problem is when i filled my application i chose art and design ...im afraid i cant change it? also does it look good in your application form if you do two similar subjects? ..because i dont want them to see me as a well rounded person if that makes sense.because even though im considering a creative career i wouldn't say im a highly talented person therefore i have other subjects to support me in case i find myself unable to follow an art related career
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The problem is when i filled my application i chose art and design ...im afraid i cant change it? also does it look good in your application form if you do two similar subjects? ..because i dont want them to see me as a well rounded person if that makes sense.because even though im considering a creative career i wouldn't say im a highly talented person therefore i have other subjects to support me in case i find myself unable to follow an art related career
It shouldn't be too much of a problem to change your choices (only if you want to, that is - don't let me tell you which A-levels to pick! ), especially if you're applying to the sixth form at your current school, but if it's external, you should be able to send them an email.

It'll look good if you're applying to creative courses/a foundation year because they'll see that you have a broader experience with creative subjects. That being said, if you're not set on going into that field and want to keep your options open, it probably would be best to stick to your current subject choices (although not necessarily all 4 unless you feel you can handle it). In my case I decided to do two creative subjects because I knew from the start that I was going to study Architecture at uni. But on the other hand, if you do think you want to do two creative subjects, it won't necessarily hinder your options, as many uni courses only require one relevant A-Level, if any, so having English Lit as your third A-Level would still give you plenty of options if you decide against the creative field.

Are you currently doing Art and/or a DT subject for GCSE?
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It shouldn't be too much of a problem to change your choices (only if you want to, that is - don't let me tell you which A-levels to pick! ), especially if you're applying to the sixth form at your current school, but if it's external, you should be able to send them an email.

It'll look good if you're applying to creative courses/a foundation year because they'll see that you have a broader experience with creative subjects. That being said, if you're not set on going into that field and want to keep your options open, it probably would be best to stick to your current subject choices (although not necessarily all 4 unless you feel you can handle it). In my case I decided to do two creative subjects because I knew from the start that I was going to study Architecture at uni. But on the other hand, if you do think you want to do two creative subjects, it won't necessarily hinder your options, as many uni courses only require one relevant A-Level, if any, so having English Lit as your third A-Level would still give you plenty of options if you decide against the creative field.

Are you currently doing Art and/or a DT subject for GCSE?
i am currently doing art and design . and by the way,i thought you could only apply to a foundation course after you completed an art related a level? i did take part in some creative activities outside school so maybe thats something worth to mention.(and just out of curiosity dont you need maths or physics tondo architecture?)
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i am currently doing art and design . and by the way,i thought you could only apply to a foundation course after you completed an art related a level? i did take part in some creative activities outside school so maybe thats something worth to mention.(and just out of curiosity dont you need maths or physics tondo architecture?)
Yes, you have to have completed A-levels or equivalent to do a foundation, but what I meant was that two creative A-levels will look impressive if/when you do come to applying for a foundation year or creative undergraduate course.

That's certainly good that you've done relevant extracurriculars, make sure you keep taking part in those sort of activities during sixth form as well to make your application stand out (short courses, summer schools, life drawing classes, etc).

My third A-Level is Physics, although neither Physics or Maths A-levels are actually necessary to study Architecture (they often used to be a requirement, but only one or two universities nowadays ask for either of them), the most important subject for it is Art but even this isn't a strict requirement - so if Architecture happens to be one of the creative specialisms you're interested in, you'll be fine with your A-Level choices
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Yes, you have to have completed A-levels or equivalent to do a foundation, but what I meant was that two creative A-levels will look impressive if/when you do come to applying for a foundation year or creative undergraduate course.

That's certainly good that you've done relevant extracurriculars, make sure you keep taking part in those sort of activities during sixth form as well to make your application stand out (short courses, summer schools, life drawing classes, etc).

My third A-Level is Physics, although neither Physics or Maths A-levels are actually necessary to study Architecture (they often used to be a requirement, but only one or two universities nowadays ask for either of them), the most important subject for it is Art but even this isn't a strict requirement - so if Architecture happens to be one of the creative specialisms you're interested in, you'll be fine with your A-Level choices
Alright,thank you so much for your help❤️
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