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I am currently working (slaving) towards my GCSE's and study Fine Art. However in the future, one of my alternative career options is to be a game illustrator or something similar. Should I take Fine Art or Graphic Design for A-levels bearing in mind I have never done Graphics in my life?
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I would say graphic design but maybe you should get experience first, I know that the Apple store sometimes offer an hour long courses hope that helped! if it makes you feel better I’m slaving through fine art gcse too (((
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I would say graphic design but maybe you should get experience first, I know that the Apple store sometimes offer an hour long courses hope that helped! if it makes you feel better I’m slaving through fine art gcse too (((
Thanks so much for your reply! I’ve looked online for the apple store course you mentioned but cannot find it. Are they for gcse/a level students and how much are they? Also do you have to prebook?
Thanks once again
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Either would be fine imo, i did fine art and product design a-level and am now doing PD at uni, as long as you have something arty in there you are fine in terms of uni courses, take whichever you enjoy more and will likely get a good mark in
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Either would be fine imo, i did fine art and product design a-level and am now doing PD at uni, as long as you have something arty in there you are fine in terms of uni courses, take whichever you enjoy more and will likely get a good mark in
Thank you for your advice I’m thinking of going down the fine art route.
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PQ might be able to give some perspectives.

My understanding is that for basically any art or design degree, it's usually expected to do A-level Art (either Art & Design or Fine Art) then typically a foundation art diploma (FAD i.e. art foundation year) where you'll specialise more into one of the particular design disciplines (or remain in fine art and perhaps specialise more in a particular media).

I don't know how widely A-level Graphic Design would be accepted in lieu of this, however since for most courses the portfolio is the main object of importance, I suppose if you have an outstanding portfolio it's a moot point. Whether you can create an appropriately broad portfolio without a more general art background, I couldn't say. Equally as far as degree applications go it's likely you'll be applying with your FAD work being prominent in your portfolio, and your A-level work will probably be more used to apply to FAD courses...

Do bear in mind a few Fine Art courses expect you to also be taking some "academic" subjects due to their art history/theory components (e.g. Oxford and Slade, I believe, prefer/require this). However it's still typical to my understanding for students applying to those courses to have done a FAD.

You may want to look over the FAD thread PQ made here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5017684

PQ also made a very useful post about (architecture) portfolios here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...576&highlight=

Note the range of media and work, and that it's not just "architecture" work and includes a lot of general creative artwork (i.e. "fine art"), and observational work of a variety of subjects.
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(Original post by L.Stewart)
I am currently working (slaving) towards my GCSE's and study Fine Art. However in the future, one of my alternative career options is to be a game illustrator or something similar. Should I take Fine Art or Graphic Design for A-levels bearing in mind I have never done Graphics in my life?
Hello

I'm Belinda, I came to Leeds Arts University to study BA (Hons) Fine Art and now I work here!

You should speak to your art tutor for some guidance to find out what the GCSE's include and what they think would be more appropriate for a future illustrative course.

At Leeds Arts University we offer BA (Hons) Comic & Concept Art which involves producing work for game designing. Please look at our website for more information. It might also be good for you to show your tutor our course page so that they have more of an idea what you would like to progress on to and help you make a decision for your GCSE's.

I hope that helps!

Thanks
Belinda
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