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So currently I'm choosing my A levels for year 12 and the two subjects I'm fixed on taking right now are maths and physics as I seem to enjoy and take more interest in them, however I'm currently debating taking art as it seems like art is something I;m strong at yet seems daunting due to how much time and effort is needed which could hinder my revision in other subjects. I took art for GCSE and even though I do take a liking to art I despised it and a lot of the enjoyment from art started to disappear and affected my revision for my GCSEs and previous mocks(I didn't end up doing my GCSEs due to the whole corona thing). My art teachers kept talking about how I'm capable of getting a 9 and encouraged me to take art A level but so far in my mocks, I was predicted an 8 and is due to lack of work and my inability to consistently keep my sketchbook up to date. My time management isn't the best.

I don't have a set plan for what courses I want to take for uni or what uni I want to go to but I did think about taking mechanical engineering, graphic design or something similar like visual effects however I've heard that unis that include courses for things such as graphic design don't care very much for art A level? I'm also told that jobs specialising in graphic design often require only a portfolio anyway.

If I don't choose art I'm debating taking something like chemistry and possibly an EPQ(though I still have yet to learn more about what comes with it). I would have chosen computer science BTEC but sadly they aren't offering it this year.

Will not taking art A level hinder my chances of getting into universities that include courses related to graphic design if I choose to do so?
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I'd look at what course requirements actually are - they'll tell you exactly what is required.

Having done A Level DT which is vaguely similar to art in its coursework load, I wouldn't suggest it alongside Physics or Maths as they are both very demanding.(I did Phys/Economics alongside DT). DT wasn't difficult, but I had to spend a disproportionate amount of time just slogging through pages of coursework as well as the practical element. Retrospectively I would have done something harder but more exam based like Chemistry.

With physics and maths you can do the vast majority of courses, so I'd take something easier to perhaps take a break from the other two. As long as the course doesn't say it's an absolute requirement, I wouldn't do Art.
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Hiya! I'm a month late so im not sure how helpful this will be, but I'm in year 12 ( starting year 13 in september) and I take maths physics and graphic design. Personally I think taking an art subject is really good because its a subject that's a lot less stressful although it is very time consuming. You definitely need to know how to manage your time well. I'm really struggling with physics at the moment as I've found it so hard but as long as you're motivated to work hard for your subjects you'll be fine.

I'm thinking of applying for Design Engineering at uni and then I'll probably apply for 2 graphic design courses... The unis that I've looked at all require maths and an art subject so if you want to go into something to do with designing I would recommend taking art and it just gives you a head start.

Let me know if you have any other questions x
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So currently I'm choosing my A levels for year 12 and the two subjects I'm fixed on taking right now are maths and physics as I seem to enjoy and take more interest in them, however I'm currently debating taking art as it seems like art is something I;m strong at yet seems daunting due to how much time and effort is needed which could hinder my revision in other subjects. I took art for GCSE and even though I do take a liking to art I despised it and a lot of the enjoyment from art started to disappear and affected my revision for my GCSEs and previous mocks(I didn't end up doing my GCSEs due to the whole corona thing). My art teachers kept talking about how I'm capable of getting a 9 and encouraged me to take art A level but so far in my mocks, I was predicted an 8 and is due to lack of work and my inability to consistently keep my sketchbook up to date. My time management isn't the best.

I don't have a set plan for what courses I want to take for uni or what uni I want to go to but I did think about taking mechanical engineering, graphic design or something similar like visual effects however I've heard that unis that include courses for things such as graphic design don't care very much for art A level? I'm also told that jobs specialising in graphic design often require only a portfolio anyway.

If I don't choose art I'm debating taking something like chemistry and possibly an EPQ(though I still have yet to learn more about what comes with it). I would have chosen computer science BTEC but sadly they aren't offering it this year.

Will not taking art A level hinder my chances of getting into universities that include courses related to graphic design if I choose to do so?Hiya
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Strictly speaking the most useful third A-level for any engineering (or physics, CS, or maths) degree would be A-level Further Maths, at least for once you are actually on the course. However, in general most universities don't really care what your third subject is if you are taking maths and physics, for most engineering disciplines, so taking A-level Art is fine. I knew a guy on my former engineering course that did exactly that combination (he originally was interested in architecture but then decided he liked the technical side more, so he did civil engineering).

For creative arts/design courses at uni, A-level Art isn't always a strict requirement, but usually they will expect you to have an appropriate portfolio. A-level Art can be useful in giving you a platform to develop this portfolio, as you will have just by virtue of doing A-level Art, a body of artworks to show and sketchbooks documenting the genesis of this work. That said, it is typical for applicants to such degrees (especially design courses) to take an art foundation year (FAD) course, which is a 1 year standalone FE course where you will be solely focused on art and design work. Usually you'll "rotate" through several different disciplines/media before settling on one to focus on. These are especially useful for design oriented degrees, which A-level Art will not always provide a similar experience to. FAD courses likewise don't always explicitly require A-level Art, but will usually expect a portfolio (albeit not necessarily one that is fully developed for university level study in those subjects).

PQ has created a great thread here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5017684 which outlines what a FAD is and addresses some frequently asked questions about them.
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