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Would it be better to do a foundation year of art to get into Edinburgh for illustration, I do art a level anyway so idk if it would be beneficial
Original post by Ellis’s
Would it be better to do a foundation year of art to get into Edinburgh for illustration, I do art a level anyway so idk if it would be beneficial

Hi @Ellis's

There are a few reasons people choose to do a foundation year. One is because they didn't receive the entry requirements for their desired course, so they're using the foundation to access their next steps. Or, you'll find people take a foundation year to give themselves some breathing space with their studies and to explore their subject more before taking it on at degree level.

I studied an Art and Design Foundation year myself, which covered a range of avenues like illustration and graphic design, fashion and textiles, fine art and 3D work, like clay and furniture design. I always studied art at school and wasn't sure what area to choose for university. I ended up choosing Fashion design in the end, and I'm really grateful for my foundation year as it helped me to become much more confident in my craft and subject, I felt the transition from foundation to undergraduate wasn't too much either, and generally, I had some time to work while still being in education.

You will still also be able to do well and thrive without a foundation year of course, but for me, it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I know I did a more general art and design course, but if you have some more questions - just ask away!

Best of luck! 🙂
Emily
Student Rep at BCU
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Original post by BCU Student Rep
Hi @Ellis's
There are a few reasons people choose to do a foundation year. One is because they didn't receive the entry requirements for their desired course, so they're using the foundation to access their next steps. Or, you'll find people take a foundation year to give themselves some breathing space with their studies and to explore their subject more before taking it on at degree level.
I studied an Art and Design Foundation year myself, which covered a range of avenues like illustration and graphic design, fashion and textiles, fine art and 3D work, like clay and furniture design. I always studied art at school and wasn't sure what area to choose for university. I ended up choosing Fashion design in the end, and I'm really grateful for my foundation year as it helped me to become much more confident in my craft and subject, I felt the transition from foundation to undergraduate wasn't too much either, and generally, I had some time to work while still being in education.
You will still also be able to do well and thrive without a foundation year of course, but for me, it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I know I did a more general art and design course, but if you have some more questions - just ask away!
Best of luck! 🙂
Emily
Student Rep at BCU


Can you get student accommodation for a foundation year?
Was the transition from the course to uni easy?
This is so bad of me but what are the ppl like doing art idk how to phrase it, I just feel like there’s a massive stereotype for people who do art🫢
A foundation course is always beneficial and given the very competitive nature of ECA (Uni of Ed) I would say that Foundation course would be if not a plan but a very good back up. A level can take you so far but having your own work outside of school is really important - and think not just drawing but how can you show a narrative in your work? Good luck.

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