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Hi! I’m applying for the CSM foundation this year and I was just wondering what a personal statement should look like! Also any tips on the application process would be amazing!! Thank you :smile:)
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Hey ! So thrilled to hear you're taking the plunge into applying for the CSM foundation program it's a wild ride, but a super exciting one.
Okay, personal statement time think of it as your artistic autobiography. Start with what makes your creative soul tick. Share those artists who make your heart race and spill the beans on what about art keeps you up at night.
Now, let's get real. Take them on a journey through your creative highs and lows. Maybe it's the late-night sketches that became something more or that one project that taught you more than any class could.
Don't be shy flaunt those skills of yours! Whether you're a wizard with watercolours or a digital ninja, give them the deets on how you've mastered your craft. And speaking of craft, how do you approach a blank canvas? Where does your inspiration hide? Let them in on the secrets of your creative process.
Why CSM? Let them know what drew you to the place. Is it the rebellious spirit, the incredible faculty, or just the feeling that this is where your art belongs?
Now, dreams. Paint a picture of where you see yourself after this journey. Spill it if it's a specific career goal or just a burning desire to shake up the art scene.
Now, the application process. Start early trust me on this one. Your portfolio is your visual story, so make it sing. Follow the rules but inject it with your personality. And please, get some eyes on it before you hit submit. Friends, mentors whoever. They might catch something you missed.
The bottom line, is just be you. Your passion and perspective are what's going to make your application stand out. Best of luck! Can't wait to hear about your CSM adventure. 😊🎨

Hope this helps,
Teju, UAL Student Rep
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Original post by University of the Arts London Student Reps
Hey @Jellysoobie ! So thrilled to hear you're taking the plunge into applying for the CSM foundation program it's a wild ride, but a super exciting one.
[start]Okay, personal statement time think of it as your artistic autobiography. Start with what makes your creative soul tick. Share those artists who make your heart race and spill the beans on what about art keeps you up at night.[/start]
[start]Now, let's get real. Take them on a journey through your creative highs and lows. Maybe it's the late-night sketches that became something more or that one project that taught you more than any class could.[/start]
[start]Don't be shy flaunt those skills of yours! Whether you're a wizard with watercolours or a digital ninja, give them the deets on how you've mastered your craft. And speaking of craft, how do you approach a blank canvas? Where does your inspiration hide? Let them in on the secrets of your creative process.[/start]
[start]Why CSM? Let them know what drew you to the place. Is it the rebellious spirit, the incredible faculty, or just the feeling that this is where your art belongs?[/start]
[start]Now, dreams. Paint a picture of where you see yourself after this journey. Spill it if it's a specific career goal or just a burning desire to shake up the art scene.[/start]
[start]Now, the application process. Start early trust me on this one. Your portfolio is your visual story, so make it sing. Follow the rules but inject it with your personality. And please, get some eyes on it before you hit submit. Friends, mentors whoever. They might catch something you missed.[/start]
[start]The bottom line, is just be you. Your passion and perspective are what's going to make your application stand out. Best of luck! Can't wait to hear about your CSM adventure. 😊🎨[/start]

Hope this helps,
Teju, UAL Student Rep

Is this copied from somewhere? It looks like your formatting has broken :frown:

Hasn’t UAL scrapped the CSM Foundation now with everyone on a single foundation?
Original post by PQ
Is this copied from somewhere? It looks like your formatting has broken :frown:

Hasn’t UAL scrapped the CSM Foundation now with everyone on a single foundation?

Hello,

On UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design one can choose either a Diagnostic or a Specialist pathway. You can read more about this process here: https://www.arts.ac.uk/subjects/communication-and-graphic-design/pre-degree-courses/ual-foundation-diploma-in-art-and-design .

If I understood your question correctly, no the Foundation Diploma stayed as it was, with different pathways allowing to specialise.

I hope this helps.

Best,
Weronika
Original post by University of the Arts London Student Reps
Hello,

On UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design one can choose either a Diagnostic or a Specialist pathway. You can read more about this process here: https://www.arts.ac.uk/subjects/communication-and-graphic-design/pre-degree-courses/ual-foundation-diploma-in-art-and-design .

If I understood your question correctly, no the Foundation Diploma stayed as it was, with different pathways allowing to specialise.

I hope this helps.

Best,
Weronika

The post I replied to you repeatedly talked about the “CSM foundation”. UAL no longer offers a foundation based at CSM or Chelsea. The 2 foundation courses have been merged into a single course taught on the old site of LCF.
Original post by PQ
The post I replied to you repeatedly talked about the “CSM foundation”. UAL no longer offers a foundation based at CSM or Chelsea. The 2 foundation courses have been merged into a single course taught on the old site of LCF.

Hi @PQ,

Oops! Not sure what went wrong with the formatting there! Thanks for making a note :smile:

Yes, The "CSM foundation"; the UAL Pre-Degree courses have been moved to the Lime Grove site from September 2024 onwards although you will still be able to access and experience all of the other UAL campuses including CSM like before.

Tips for writing your personal statement should be able to help you despite the location of the pre-degree courses.

Additionally, there is an online open event happening on the 5th of December that might prove to be useful for additional information regarding the course and specific questions that you might have. The link to register is available on this page

https://www.arts.ac.uk/subjects/communication-and-graphic-design/pre-degree-courses/ual-foundation-diploma-in-art-and-design

I hope this helps. Please do reach out for any more questions.

Best,
Teju

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