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This year I’m taking my GCSES and have been looking for Sixth forms and colleges. My goal is to be an interior designer or fashion designer. What courses would be necessary to take to Sixth form/colleges. The GCSEs I do are design and tech(product design),art,geography,English,ma ths and science. And should it be a level or BTEC Level 3??
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This year I’m taking my GCSES and have been looking for Sixth forms and colleges. My goal is to be an interior designer or fashion designer. What courses would be necessary to take to Sixth form/colleges. The GCSEs I do are design and tech(product design),art,geography,English,ma ths and science. And should it be a level or BTEC Level 3??
I think it will be at least 2 relevant A levels, but more importantly a porfolio.


That isnt to say qualifications arent something you should go for.

Which qualifications?

Art and design
Any of the others where you can get a good grade are fine.
Textiles?


Look at entrance requirements for the courses. Some of the interior design courses are postgrad masters degrees.

https://digital.ucas.com/search/resu...toSuggestType=
https://digital.ucas.com/search/resu...toSuggestType=

UAL is the top one for fashion design

https://www.arts.ac.uk/subjects/fash...-marketing-csm

Please look at the entry requirements to get an idea of the range and non standard mix of qualifications they accept.

You might be better with a foundation diploma plus one A level.
BTEC extended diploma
UAL Extended diploma which is UALS specialist art and design qualification.

https://www.arts.ac.uk/partnerships/...qualifications

You will need to do more research and check entrance requirements.
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I'd say A-level product design/textiles, art and anything else you want to do, e.g. if you care about english/geography do that. I don't think BTECs are very well-respected, so if you like school, A-levels would be far better, and you would be able to go to better universities. Obviously do those creative A-levels tho, because it's what you care about. Ignore the crap people say about facilitating subjects, because if you want to study interior design, you need product design and art to help build a portfolio.
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My friend has had a similar case to you. I’ve suggested art, textiles and geography. This is if your college requires three a levels. If it requires
Two, then I really suggest art/art and design (both are same but with different names, don’t get confused lol) and textiles. Hope that helps
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Hey there,

Have a look into the specific courses/universities you think you may apply to and see if they have any specific qualification requirements (most artistic/ design-based degrees don't, and are more based upon your portfolio). They should specify these either on their website or in their prospectus (or both), but if not you can always contact their admissions teams.

Our Fashion and Interior Decoration, Design and Styling courses both require 96 UCAS points earned through: an Art & Design Foundation Diploma, A-levels, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM grade, Access to HE Art & Design, Irish/Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers, the International Baccalaureate, or other international qualifications and applications are welcome for those who don't have 96 UCAS points but can demonstrate their skill level through their portfolio.

Alternatively, you could study on a Foundation Diploma course, which may also help you to find your specialism (it helped me decide between Fine Art and Photography). You could also take an Extended BA course if you wanted more time to develop your skills before the degree, or simply didn't have the UCAS points to enter onto the degree course.

Ultimately, you should take the A-Levels that you feel you will enjoy the best and you can achieve the best grades from!

Hope this helps and good luck with your A-Levels,
Harriet
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