Art foundation pre science degree- application suicide?

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So I love both art and physics, and would love a career in either. Currently in year 12, and hoping to get into the best university for physics possible. However, I want to defer this for a year to do art foundation. There's a really great artist scene in my city, and I work part time in an art shop, so it would not be a wasted year art-wise.
I know that highly competitive unis look down on gap years, especially those they see as irrelevant to their course. Im sure there are transferable skills I could play up, but still, theres the risk of forgetting all of physics! Wondering if anyone could give an insight as to how Oxford physics and similar would see a year of fine art? Thanks
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(Original post by erisology)
So I love both art and physics, and would love a career in either. Currently in year 12, and hoping to get into the best university for physics possible. However, I want to defer this for a year to do art foundation. There's a really great artist scene in my city, and I work part time in an art shop, so it would not be a wasted year art-wise.
I know that highly competitive unis look down on gap years, especially those they see as irrelevant to their course. Im sure there are transferable skills I could play up, but still, theres the risk of forgetting all of physics! Wondering if anyone could give an insight as to how Oxford physics and similar would see a year of fine art? Thanks
a gap year in itself is fine but it will look uncommitted to have done a course completely unrelated to physics before hand so its not the best idea .have you considering doing a liberal arts or an arts and sciences degree?
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So I love both art and physics, and would love a career in either. Currently in year 12, and hoping to get into the best university for physics possible. However, I want to defer this for a year to do art foundation. There's a really great artist scene in my city, and I work part time in an art shop, so it would not be a wasted year art-wise.
I know that highly competitive unis look down on gap years, especially those they see as irrelevant to their course. Im sure there are transferable skills I could play up, but still, theres the risk of forgetting all of physics! Wondering if anyone could give an insight as to how Oxford physics and similar would see a year of fine art? Thanks
Ring them up and ask them (or go to an open day and ask them). Lots of universities welcome applicants for science degrees with a strong creative streak - and they might well recognise it as a way for you to be confident about your degree choice (which is something that you will need to articulate clearly in your PS).

It is important to come up with a plan to make sure you're still keeping your physics muscles toned - often a university will be happy to help with that. An Art Foundation Diploma is quite intense so with that and a part time job you might find it difficult to keep up your physics studies/reading/work.

If you're considering Oxford then one thing to think about as early as possible is who will provide your reference/predicted grade? If you're studying your FAD at a new college then it is unlikely that they'll be able to provide a good reference in time for the Oxford deadline (and as art/design specialists they might not be able to provide a great reference for a physics degree anyway).

Have you considered looking into subjects like product design or architecture that can include creative and science skills?
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I've considered arts and sciences etc, but have yet to find a course that includes both physics and practical fine art. I'm not too interested in writing essays or humanities in general :/
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a gap year in itself is fine but it will look uncommitted to have done a course completely unrelated to physics before hand so its not the best idea .have you considering doing a liberal arts or an arts and sciences degree?
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