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Art Foundation Burnout

I'm three weeks into my course and I'm already intensely burnt out. I love art, but it's not something that I can do constantly or on a set timetable which I have no control over.

I'm chronically stressed and frankly working full time at mcdonalds would be less stressful, although I don't know if it's only the first unit that's like this.

I achieved an A and two Bs from my a levels so I'll be able to get a placement at uni without the foundation degree.
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Original post by squibbbbb
I'm three weeks into my course and I'm already intensely burnt out. I love art, but it's not something that I can do constantly or on a set timetable which I have no control over.

I'm chronically stressed and frankly working full time at mcdonalds would be less stressful, although I don't know if it's only the first unit that's like this.

I achieved an A and two Bs from my a levels so I'll be able to get a placement at uni without the foundation degree.

Early days ATM.The point of the FAD is really to improve your portfolio so you can get into top Art Schools.They care more about portfolio than grades.Just try your best with the FAD and use it
refine your knowledge about art and concepts.Merits are fine so no need to kill yourself trying to get distinctions.If you go to do Art at uni you will also have to produce work to order.
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Original post by Scotney
Early days ATM.The point of the FAD is really to improve your portfolio so you can get into top Art Schools.They care more about portfolio than grades.Just try your best with the FAD and use it
refine your knowledge about art and concepts.Merits are fine so no need to kill yourself trying to get distinctions.If you go to do Art at uni you will also have to produce work to order.

That's fair, I don't really mind the work but I don't think I'll apply to an arts university next year (I applied to the foundation year to see hoe I would cope with art without other subjects) anyway.

My issue is with the college, I hate travelling/being there.
Original post by squibbbbb
I'm three weeks into my course and I'm already intensely burnt out. I love art, but it's not something that I can do constantly or on a set timetable which I have no control over.

I'm chronically stressed and frankly working full time at mcdonalds would be less stressful, although I don't know if it's only the first unit that's like this.

I achieved an A and two Bs from my a levels so I'll be able to get a placement at uni without the foundation degree.


Hey there,

I did an art foundation too! Mine was admittedly more relaxed but I found myself scheduling in a lot of time to do well in the units. Keep going with the course. I was convinced I wasn't able to manage the work load but I changed my attitude and I finished the course with much better work than I could have ever conceived myself making. Instead of turning up expecting to complete an x amount of work for a week I told myself I was going to do as much as I can day by day. Sometimes this was lots and other times not so much. I struggled with low mood and your intense burn out might be similar to what I was coping with. What does this burn out look like? Have you ever experienced anything similar in the past? Be kind to yourself. Whatever happens you have lots of options. I would urge you not to make a rushed decision though - a foundation course is a brilliant opportunity in terms of skills and idea development.

Are you finding the course interesting? Something which really helped me was to ensure, where possible, I was taking the set tasks into areas I was more interested in and researching artists who I was genuinely curious to know more about.
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Original post by squibbbbb
That's fair, I don't really mind the work but I don't think I'll apply to an arts university next year (I applied to the foundation year to see hoe I would cope with art without other subjects) anyway.

My issue is with the college, I hate travelling/being there.


Again it is early days.Give it a term at least.
Once you get into specialisms the workload and intensity will change.

If you’re not enjoying it then try to think of what will make it bearable - sticking to things you’re comfortable and familiar with as a specialism or picking a specialism that’s completely new to you to try to keep things fresh.
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Original post by UndercoverJames
Hey there,

I did an art foundation too! Mine was admittedly more relaxed but I found myself scheduling in a lot of time to do well in the units. Keep going with the course. I was convinced I wasn't able to manage the work load but I changed my attitude and I finished the course with much better work than I could have ever conceived myself making. Instead of turning up expecting to complete an x amount of work for a week I told myself I was going to do as much as I can day by day. Sometimes this was lots and other times not so much. I struggled with low mood and your intense burn out might be similar to what I was coping with. What does this burn out look like? Have you ever experienced anything similar in the past? Be kind to yourself. Whatever happens you have lots of options. I would urge you not to make a rushed decision though - a foundation course is a brilliant opportunity in terms of skills and idea development.

Are you finding the course interesting? Something which really helped me was to ensure, where possible, I was taking the set tasks into areas I was more interested in and researching artists who I was genuinely curious to know more about.

Thanks for the advice, burnout for me is when I become stubborn, procastinate, and the quality of my work declines. Overall it just ruins my mood and I don't feel like doing anything. I've had it before, it never really goes.
Original post by squibbbbb
Thanks for the advice, burnout for me is when I become stubborn, procastinate, and the quality of my work declines. Overall it just ruins my mood and I don't feel like doing anything. I've had it before, it never really goes.


Understood - that sounds frustrating. The thing you said about the quality of your work declining is really interesting. I would love to talk to you more about this. Is there any chance I could grab your Instagram or any other social media?
Reply 8
One of the main purposes of doing an Art Foundation is to work out whether or not you enjoy devoting your life to art full time.

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