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necessarily benevolent
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In my opinion it isn't. Though I don't take it, apparently it requires quite a hefty amount of work, and you obviously need to be slightly talented to get a good grade. Maybe not the most academic subject but still not "doss". "Doss subjects" are subjects like Media, and Photography where you can most probably pass with no work, but Art always seems to be mentioned in that little group when the issue is brought up.

What is your view?

P.S. Why the hell is Modern Art so disappointing? Something like a couple of egg cartons hanging off a rod labelled "art" can't compare to the likes of Michelangelo's David. Ever.
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Nah, it's mostly done in Windows.
No subjects are 'doss' subjects.
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Nah I wouldn't say it's doss. looks like a lot of effort to me and you need to have a certain degree of previous skill.
Modern Art's disappointing probably because either a) people have run out fo ideas b) people are lazy or c) some people are stupid enough to appreciate that kinda crap.
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I don't think it is a doss subject at all. My friend took it along with english lang, psychology and biology, and she was so stressed because of the amount of work she had to do for art!
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It's hard, I tried to do A level art by privately just for kicks. Yeah...not good.
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I think Photography can probably involve a similar amount of work tbh - setting up scenes, developing photographs etc. would take a similar amount of time to painting. + Photography has some Chemistry in it too.
But yeah Art is definitely not a doss and does have some academic elements.
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You still have to do work in media, we don't just sit there reading papers every lesson.
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(Original post by cpj1987)
Nah, it's mostly done in Windows.
No subjects are 'doss' subjects.
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I think it's seen as a dos subject because most people who take it are talented... so they are quite happy to do the work and outsiders see them enjoying it etc. I do know from friends though that they still have to study a lot so I don't think it is a dos subject.

Just to add... This is coming from someone who is awful at art, hates art and will never take art So it's not biased...
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art is the easiest thing in the world if you are talented and have a love for the subject.

it is really really tough otherwise. in other subjects you can force yourself to sit down and write an essay. you can't force yourself to sit down and create a beautiful or inspired painting.

i loved art at gcse and got A* without ever 'working hard' for it because at the time it was my passion.
I basically failed it at A2 (after a good AS grade) because I was sick of it and just couldn't force myself to do that kind of work.
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to an extent, yes.
a friend of mine got an A in it, rarely gonig to the lessons and doing her coursework the night before it was due in. also, apparently you don't need to be able to draw, because you need to learn the theory side of it, and the practical side can be done on the computer.
BTW - media and photopgraphy maybe seen as 'soft subjects' but you can definitely can't pass with doing little work.
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of course it is. draw a load of ******** and you are called creative
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I'm taking Fine Art A level, and last year it was my subject with the most work during term time (I did Fine Art, Maths, Chemistry, History and English Literature)

In my opinion, you can approach art from an academic prospective. For example, our theme was links, so I took the emotion of love, in particular the "combat of love and cahstity". I contrasted the image Virgin Mary by projecting it (using an old fashioned slide projector) onto a naked couple.

Similary, when given the theme "body as canvas", I painted bones and organs onto people and manikins.

In my opinion, I wouldn't had thought of those ideas without some intellect.
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No I think its a really difficult subject, if you don't have a natural talent you can really struggle with it, in some other subjects however you don't need to be talented, you just need to be able to read and study.

I did an Art AS Level and found it really challenging cause I didn't have that natural ability! Wow it seems like years ago.
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Art is a doss subject if you're good enough at it, just like anything else.
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hell no.
you need a substantial amount of ability and creativity to do well at a level, more than your average joe has. and it takes time- spending six hours a week on high quality work, research and analysis isn't a doss. it's tough.
i dropped it originally because of the work load but picked it back up again for the lurrrve of it. i spend six hours(okay, give or take the odd fag break) a week in college working on it in complete silence and concentration, and a fair few hours at home on it :| possibly more than i do on each of my other subjects, but it's so rewarding.

people who say it's a doss probably haven't done it and couldn't hack it themselves. i am someone with a good natural ability and even i find it tough because it's so time consuming and it stretches you to produce really good work. i take a lot of pride in my work, and it pays off, but i wouldn't have got the grade i did if i hadn't put in the hours on practical work, research, analysis... i tend to let myself flow through projects, get new and changing ideas all the time, i don't follow set ideas or intentions, so it's a consistent amount of effort.
mmm i love art
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I wouldnt say it is; i dont have personal experience of it but loadsa my friends 2 years ago were constantly complaining about the amount of work they had to do in it.
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(Original post by necessarily benevolent)
"Doss subjects" are subjects like Media, and Photography where you can most probably pass with no work, but Art always seems to be mentioned in that little group when the issue is brought up.

Photography?
It was, possibly, the most difficult and time-consuming AS Level I did.
Media, Okay, possibly, but in no way is photography a "Doss Subject", you can't just turn up to the lessons with nothing, you have to have done a lot of work outside of lesson time to even get a D.
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Most definately not.
Although some teachers practically do it for you, that's a bit of a doss. But at our school we were left pretty much on our own, which meant a whole lot of work.
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(Original post by __Katy)
I'm taking Fine Art A level, and last year it was my subject with the most work during term time (I did Fine Art, Maths, Chemistry, History and English Literature)
My condolences.
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