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UAL Foundation Diploma 2024/25 Questions!

Hi! I got an email offering me a place for the foundation yesterday.
Just wondering what people's experiences doing a foundation year, specifically at UAL, have been like.
I am also confused about how many spaces there are at Lime Grove. Does anyone know? Apparently it's about 1,000
I have also received an offer from the City&Guilds Foundation, and am very conflicted about where I want to go. Anyone in the same boat??
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Original post by Anonymous
Hi! I got an email offering me a place for the foundation yesterday.
Just wondering what people's experiences doing a foundation year, specifically at UAL, have been like.
I am also confused about how many spaces there are at Lime Grove. Does anyone know? Apparently it's about 1,000
I have also received an offer from the City&Guilds Foundation, and am very conflicted about where I want to go. Anyone in the same boat??

Congrats!!

People have said positive things about the UAL foundation year in the past, but have had issues due to it being more of a sink or swim environment as students didn't receive a whole lot of individual support (especially at CSM). There are concerns about the course size basically doubling and it being the first cohort, but UAL as an institution is still pretty good regardless.

City and Guilds is also a really good school for art and haven't had as much disruption (+ more individual support, guidance + focused resources). I don't think they offer free spaces for those under 19, so I'm assuming you're willing to pay the fee? This is my opinion (please take with a grain of salt), but I think that City and Guilds might be better if you're not worried about fees or want to max out your chances to get onto an undergraduate course at UAL (but it's a good school that will probs enable you to make a very competitive BA application anyway, so maybe not as much of an issue?)

Ultimately it's your choice - I wish you the best of the luck and I'm sure you'll thrive wherever you go!
Original post by Anonymous
Hi! I got an email offering me a place for the foundation yesterday.
Just wondering what people's experiences doing a foundation year, specifically at UAL, have been like.
I am also confused about how many spaces there are at Lime Grove. Does anyone know? Apparently it's about 1,000
I have also received an offer from the City&Guilds Foundation, and am very conflicted about where I want to go. Anyone in the same boat??
Also, there are going to be approximately 1200 students, half international + home each for the entire foundation course at Lime Grove for 2024/ 2025
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Original post by Anonymous
Congrats!!
People have said positive things about the UAL foundation year in the past, but have had issues due to it being more of a sink or swim environment as students didn't receive a whole lot of individual support (especially at CSM). There are concerns about the course size basically doubling and it being the first cohort, but UAL as an institution is still pretty good regardless.
City and Guilds is also a really good school for art and haven't had as much disruption (+ more individual support, guidance + focused resources). I don't think they offer free spaces for those under 19, so I'm assuming you're willing to pay the fee? This is my opinion (please take with a grain of salt), but I think that City and Guilds might be better if you're not worried about fees or want to max out your chances to get onto an undergraduate course at UAL (but it's a good school that will probs enable you to make a very competitive BA application anyway, so maybe not as much of an issue?)
Ultimately it's your choice - I wish you the best of the luck and I'm sure you'll thrive wherever you go!

Thank you!!! This is very helpful, and puts everything into perspective.
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Original post by Anonymous
Hi! I got an email offering me a place for the foundation yesterday.
Just wondering what people's experiences doing a foundation year, specifically at UAL, have been like.
I am also confused about how many spaces there are at Lime Grove. Does anyone know? Apparently it's about 1,000
I have also received an offer from the City&Guilds Foundation, and am very conflicted about where I want to go. Anyone in the same boat??

Hello! I applied for ual's foundation but sadly didn't get through ☹️ and am currently waiting to hear back from city and guilds for their foundation, which one did you end up choosing if don't mind me asking!! 🙂
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Original post by db727
Hello! I applied for ual's foundation but sadly didn't get through ☹️ and am currently waiting to hear back from city and guilds for their foundation, which one did you end up choosing if don't mind me asking!! 🙂
Hi! I ended up choosing the UAL foundation. I hope it is the right decision, but I suppose I won't know until I'm there. I'm sorry you didn't get into UAL!! I hope that City and Guilds works well for you :smile:))
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Original post by Anonymous
Hi! I ended up choosing the UAL foundation. I hope it is the right decision, but I suppose I won't know until I'm there. I'm sorry you didn't get into UAL!! I hope that City and Guilds works well for you :smile:))

Thank you!! Best of luck 🙂
Original post by Anonymous
Hi! I got an email offering me a place for the foundation yesterday.
Just wondering what people's experiences doing a foundation year, specifically at UAL, have been like.
I am also confused about how many spaces there are at Lime Grove. Does anyone know? Apparently it's about 1,000
I have also received an offer from the City&Guilds Foundation, and am very conflicted about where I want to go. Anyone in the same boat??

Hiya! Just finished my foundation year at ual's ccw course. A lot of the tutors on my course were super lovely and supportive. If anyone does go into Film & Animation you will deffo be in safe hands. I can't say what it will be like with the tutors who were on the csm course- but the ccw lot are really great. I went to City & Guilds open day ages ago and it's very fine art based- I feel like with UAL foundation you can experiment and bring ideas from other specialisms into your practice and overall become a well-rounded artist. Also City & Guilds is TINYY. Would not recommend to anyone who is claustrophobic at all. If anyone has anymore questions please feel free to reply or DM :smile:
Original post by Eli.ssaaa
Hiya! Just finished my foundation year at ual's ccw course. A lot of the tutors on my course were super lovely and supportive. If anyone does go into Film & Animation you will deffo be in safe hands. I can't say what it will be like with the tutors who were on the csm course- but the ccw lot are really great. I went to City & Guilds open day ages ago and it's very fine art based- I feel like with UAL foundation you can experiment and bring ideas from other specialisms into your practice and overall become a well-rounded artist. Also City & Guilds is TINYY. Would not recommend to anyone who is claustrophobic at all. If anyone has anymore questions please feel free to reply or DM :smile:

Hey, i was just wondering what the hours and timetable are like at ual foundation? how many hours are taught and then do you to go in even on days where you are not taught?

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