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    I have an unconditional offer to study Fashion for my top uni choice. I've already completed my A-levels and I'm now doing a foundation course in art & design at a different local college

    My UCAS offer states "As you have already achieved level 3 qualifications we are making you an unconditional offer based on your portfolio and/or interview. In doing so we demonstrate our commitment to you, based on the strength of your application; we hope that you will want to return this commitment by choosing to study with us."

    Now this isn't just out of laziness, I just personally think I'm not learning enough on the course to make it worth my time really and I would much rather work for 6 months or so to save some money for September. (I already work 30 hours a week on top of the course and run my own clothing brand if you are interested, being able to spend more time doing these would help hugely for earning/saving money)

    It's an odd thing to ask because surely if I am doing fashion next year I would benefit from doing this course right? Whilst that's probably true (it does help me learn how to plan a project and do research and evaluations etc..), I have done 5 months of the course now and feel i have gained enough of that kind of experience already if that makes any sense

    It is purely a course to help get into uni.. and now I have that offer I am asking whether or not it makes sense to still go. In all honesty I don't ever see any future work where they would need the foundation course if I had a degree in fashion anyway. i'm not entirely sure if my offer means that I need to fully complete the foundation course or not as it does state that it is based purely from my portfolio and interview.

    Anyway, I definitely won't be dropping out asap, was just wondering if it would even be possible then I will maybe consider it and talk to my teachers about it... If anyone has any help that'd be great!

    Thank you
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    (Original post by tomw1297)
    I have an unconditional offer to study Fashion for my top uni choice. I've already completed my A-levels and I'm now doing a foundation course in art & design at a different local college

    My UCAS offer states "As you have already achieved level 3 qualifications we are making you an unconditional offer based on your portfolio and/or interview. In doing so we demonstrate our commitment to you, based on the strength of your application; we hope that you will want to return this commitment by choosing to study with us."

    Now this isn't just out of laziness, I just personally think I'm not learning enough on the course to make it worth my time really and I would much rather work for 6 months or so to save some money for September. (I already work 30 hours a week on top of the course and run my own clothing brand if you are interested, being able to spend more time doing these would help hugely for earning/saving money)

    It's an odd thing to ask because surely if I am doing fashion next year I would benefit from doing this course right? Whilst that's probably true (it does help me learn how to plan a project and do research and evaluations etc..), I have done 5 months of the course now and feel i have gained enough of that kind of experience already if that makes any sense

    It is purely a course to help get into uni.. and now I have that offer I am asking whether or not it makes sense to still go. In all honesty I don't ever see any future work where they would need the foundation course if I had a degree in fashion anyway. i'm not entirely sure if my offer means that I need to fully complete the foundation course or not as it does state that it is based purely from my portfolio and interview.

    Anyway, I definitely won't be dropping out asap, was just wondering if it would even be possible then I will maybe consider it and talk to my teachers about it... If anyone has any help that'd be great!

    Thank you
    An unconditional offer is only valid if your application is accurate. If you drop out of a course you said you would complete then your offer can be withdrawn or amended.

    A foundation diploma will only just be getting to the stage where you specialise...the previous months aren’t going to be the same as the final months.

    Talk to your university and ask their agreement for you to leave. If you’re sure that you won’t want to change your mind about university (other universities might not agree) and you have something better to do then it should be ok.
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    (Original post by tomw1297)
    I have an unconditional offer to study Fashion for my top uni choice. I've already completed my A-levels and I'm now doing a foundation course in art & design at a different local college

    My UCAS offer states "As you have already achieved level 3 qualifications we are making you an unconditional offer based on your portfolio and/or interview. In doing so we demonstrate our commitment to you, based on the strength of your application; we hope that you will want to return this commitment by choosing to study with us."

    Now this isn't just out of laziness, I just personally think I'm not learning enough on the course to make it worth my time really and I would much rather work for 6 months or so to save some money for September. (I already work 30 hours a week on top of the course and run my own clothing brand if you are interested, being able to spend more time doing these would help hugely for earning/saving money)

    It's an odd thing to ask because surely if I am doing fashion next year I would benefit from doing this course right? Whilst that's probably true (it does help me learn how to plan a project and do research and evaluations etc..), I have done 5 months of the course now and feel i have gained enough of that kind of experience already if that makes any sense

    It is purely a course to help get into uni.. and now I have that offer I am asking whether or not it makes sense to still go. In all honesty I don't ever see any future work where they would need the foundation course if I had a degree in fashion anyway. i'm not entirely sure if my offer means that I need to fully complete the foundation course or not as it does state that it is based purely from my portfolio and interview.

    Anyway, I definitely won't be dropping out asap, was just wondering if it would even be possible then I will maybe consider it and talk to my teachers about it... If anyone has any help that'd be great!

    Thank you
    As an ex-Foundation student I would say stay on your Foundation course, as your Final Major Project is completely different to Exploratory and Pathway and even though you may not realise it you will learn quite a lot, and will grow tremendously in your artistic skills by staying on the course.

    Around this time last year I was on a Pass/Merit level in Foundation and looking back at work from this time last year it is no where near the level expected for first year. The speed and pace of FMP is a lot different too. I ended up getting a Distinction because you grow so much in those final few months. It's also the most fun project you will ever do in your artistic career as you have full control of what you want to do. You need to realise that Foundation isn't just a course for university entry but also a way to grow your skills in Fashion. If you're truly passionate about fashion why would you leave studying it is what I don't understand.

    Aside from the fact that the university is probably presuming you stay on the course, as unconditional means no result conditions of entry (they want you to complete the course it just doesn't matter whether you get P/M/D) not incompletion of course most of the time, there are many instances that could occur that result in you needing your Foundation, e.g. you may not like your BA course as much as a dream it may be to get into your top choice, it may end up not being for you. Meaning, you'd need for Foundation to reapply for other universities, same case if you may not like Fashion as a degree in the end and want to change course. You may in fact not like university or studying at that level and choose to leave, and then it would be a strong advantage to have the Foundation.

    The most vital and important part is having a Foundation on your CV is something employers love. When finding internships in your second year, your CV will need to stand out. You're more likely to get these internships from having a Foundation as you'd have more experience and they know you have the fundamental design skills required (it's called foundation because the course is the literal foundations for any design career - it is proof you have those Foundations and that will be your strength to employers).

    A lot of people don't realise that having a Foundation Diploma isn't a disadvantage or just an 'entry to uni' qualification, but it's probably one of the most favored and valued qualifications by the art and design industry.
 
 
 
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