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what IB subjects should I pick (HL/SL) for industrial design?
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I'd suggest you look at the entry criteria for the courses you're considering to make sure you can meet them. Usually in the UK subject specific requirements are only for HL subjects. UK universities don't really care what you take for your SL subjects, but expect you to take them as part of the full IDP course. Of course, they can be useful or interesting options to explore areas you might not otherwise, and given the structure of IB you'll necessarily develop greater writing and/or analytical/scientific ability than someone doing A-levels focusing on one side or another, and you'll always do some language work outside of your native language, which is a bonus for you at least.

HL Maths, Physics, and Visual Art might give you the widest range of options within that area; courses in industrial design can skew from very creative/design oriented to very engineering oriented. However if you know you are leaning towards one side or another then selecting other subjects may be suitable. If you know you don't want to pursue a course with any technical emphasis and/or you struggle with maths/physics then it would be a good idea to not take those then.

CoolCavy knows more about the area and might be able to comment on what subjects are helpful in applying (either in terms of admissions or once you're actually on the course itself!).
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I'd suggest you look at the entry criteria for the courses you're considering to make sure you can meet them. Usually in the UK subject specific requirements are only for HL subjects. UK universities don't really care what you take for your SL subjects, but expect you to take them as part of the full IDP course. Of course, they can be useful or interesting options to explore areas you might not otherwise, and given the structure of IB you'll necessarily develop greater writing and/or analytical/scientific ability than someone doing A-levels focusing on one side or another, and you'll always do some language work outside of your native language, which is a bonus for you at least.

HL Maths, Physics, and Visual Art might give you the widest range of options within that area; courses in industrial design can skew from very creative/design oriented to very engineering oriented. However if you know you are leaning towards one side or another then selecting other subjects may be suitable. If you know you don't want to pursue a course with any technical emphasis and/or you struggle with maths/physics then it would be a good idea to not take those then.

CoolCavy knows more about the area and might be able to comment on what subjects are helpful in applying (either in terms of admissions or once you're actually on the course itself!).
Thank you so much for the reply! But does this apply for Canadian universities as well?
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Thank you so much for the reply! But does this apply for Canadian universities as well?
Probably not, I'm not that familiar with Canadian admissions though; this website is primarily used by UK students in school here applying (or studying at) UK universities. I think some colleges there are similar to US in terms of admissions, in which case they'd have fewer formal requirements typically, but I'd suggest you check the relevant web-pages and/or contact any universities you may wish to apply to there to see if there are any required subjects.

It may be worth looking at the Study in North America forum, as someone there will probably have experience of the Canadian admissions process (although this might not be for industrial design specifically, and it may vary between provinces/universities)
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Probably not, I'm not that familiar with Canadian admissions though; this website is primarily used by UK students in school here applying (or studying at) UK universities.I think some colleges there are similar to US in terms of admissions, in which case they'd have fewer formal requirements typically, but I'd suggest you check the relevant web-pages and/or contact any universities you may wish to apply to there to see if there are any required subjects.

It may be worth looking at the Study in North America forum, as someone there will probably have experience of the Canadian admissions process (although this might not be for industrial design specifically, and it may vary between provinces/universities)
thank you!
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thank you!
No problem In general though you can't go far wrong taking HL Physics/Maths/Art as that should cover pretty much all your bases no matter which way the course skews, although you might be able to get away with SL Maths (definitely check that though!).
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