Art Foundation- is it worth it?

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kmccar20
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Hello everyone! Just wondered if anyone had experience with the art world at uni, im currently deciding whether to apply for foundation as well as degree courses in fine Art. Is the foundation just to bring all students up to speed with techniques, and allow them time to develop their own work away from the pressures and rigid structure of the A level or equivalent?? Is doing a foundation worth it, I don't just want to waste a year living at home when I should have applied to do the actual degree, at the same time... should I do the foundation to get into a good art uni/ college, will they be expecting all applicants to have a foundation? Any help on level a portfolio should be? Thank you?
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I did my A levels and then decided to do an art foundation course at college for 1 year as I wasn't sure about going to uni until last minute. I wanted to do interior design at uni and I had not done any specific interior design work in my art A level, just fine art basically soooo doing the foundation course allowed me to look into it more to make sure that's the area I wanted to go into alsooo if you're going to Uni to do an art-related course they usually want u to come in for an interview or send a portfolio. I had no work related to the degree I applied for from a levels so doing the foundation course helped a lot. But I hate to say it because I hate college loool but nah u don't need to have a foundation to get into uni but If you haven't done much research or work on the type of art you wanna do as a degree or you're still undecided then take the year to look into it to be sure. I used the year to work aswell cause I hardly ever have to go in so have a lot of spare time. Im going uni in September so it has worked out well
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Hey there!

I did a UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Bath College before coming to Plymouth College of Art for my degree. I found it really pushed me to think outside the box and broadened my mind further when it came to art. Not only that, but I was struggling to decide whether to pursue Fine Art or Photography, and it helped me to decide on specialising in Photography for my degree. It gave me experience of exhibiting my work, visiting exhibitions around the world and taught me new mediums that I had never heard of before.

PCA also offers this course, which develops your making and creative thinking to prepare you for a course at degree level; it’s perfect if you’re unsure of what artistic medium you want to specialise in or if you don’t quite feel ready for a degree yet. As well as having access to the vast range of facilities that the main PCA buildings offer, you also have a specialised studio space just for FAD students.

Plymouth College of Art also offers a range of UAL awarded extended diplomas, with specialised subject areas. If you want more information about all of our pre-degree courses, please feel free to visit our website to see your options.

You don't need to do a Foundation to get into university, but I personally definitely recommend it. It also gives you longer to look into universities to continue your education, so it doesn't feel as rushed and you can feel confident in your choices!

Hope this helps,
Harriet
Second Year BA(Hons) Photography Student and Student Ambassador at Plymouth College of Art
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(Original post by kmccar20)
Hello everyone! Just wondered if anyone had experience with the art world at uni, im currently deciding whether to apply for foundation as well as degree courses in fine Art. Is the foundation just to bring all students up to speed with techniques, and allow them time to develop their own work away from the pressures and rigid structure of the A level or equivalent?? Is doing a foundation worth it, I don't just want to waste a year living at home when I should have applied to do the actual degree, at the same time... should I do the foundation to get into a good art uni/ college, will they be expecting all applicants to have a foundation? Any help on level a portfolio should be? Thank you?
Hi kmccar20!

My name is Rohnak and I just finished my first year of BA The Art of Computer Animation at Escape Studios, so I do have some of that "Art World" university experience that you mentioned. When it comes to Foundational courses I would say the most important factors are:

• Do you have a portfolio at the level universities are looking for?

• Do you have a strong idea of your career path right now?

You're absolutely correct in that Foundational courses are very exploratory. You'll cover lots of different topics and mediums, and the goal is to hone those fundamental concepts and build a strong portfolio of work. This not only puts you in a really good place if/when you do eventually apply to BA courses, but also lets you branch out, and during that time you may even find new interests within the creative sector to pursue.

However, when it comes back to the first question: it can be hard to tell on your own whether your portfolio will get you accepted into Level 4 right away. It really depends on where you're applying as different universities are very different in how they decide this. Most do have Portfolio Guidelines that will outline the amount and type of work that they want to see. If you're still unsure, you could look into ways to contact the university or it's graduates for pointers on your portfolio.

Hopefully this will help you inform your decision better. If you want to ask anything else, I'd be happy to answer. Best of luck!

Rohnak
First Year Animation Student and Student Ambassador at Escape Studios
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I'm doing an art foundation year!! Edit: Next year

They are supposed to be more advanced than A-Level and develop a range of skills like presentation and organization.

It's free education and an additional year to think about your future (which a lot of us need)
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