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Mature student apply for fine art?

I’m nearly 30 and really want to study fine art but have been out of education for over 10 years and spent the last 8 years working in vehicle rental. I don’t have any prior experience or qualifications. I have been told a foundation degree may be better but I feel like that’s all about experimenting however I know I’d like to study more of the painting and drawing side of things. Is the foundation still the better option?
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yes
i recommend doing a foundation yr
eventhough it might deem boring to u
its actually very useful to give an overview hw the course taught at that uni or whereever ur studin
Original post by Foxpondlane
I’m nearly 30 and really want to study fine art but have been out of education for over 10 years and spent the last 8 years working in vehicle rental. I don’t have any prior experience or qualifications. I have been told a foundation degree may be better but I feel like that’s all about experimenting however I know I’d like to study more of the painting and drawing side of things. Is the foundation still the better option?

Hey, @Foxpondlane!

The great thing about studying a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is that it broadens your horizons; for example, you might find out that you have a natural talent for ceramics or graphic design, but have never had the facilities before to discover and develop that passion. It's also an excellent way to prepare you for entering an art degree in the near future, as it helps you discover your creative process and start thinking like an artist.

I would definitely look a bit more into what a Foundation Diploma entails, but I can't say if there's necessarily a 'better' option in terms of whether to go straight into a Fine Art degree or complete a Foundation Year: it all depends on the individual. However, entry requirements for a Foundation Year are usually lower, and some art universities offer programs where completing a Foundation Year with them secures you entry on to a related degree of your choice the following year.

It's great to hear you're interested in studying as a mature student. Lots of students at university - especially within an art school - come from a wide range of backgrounds and have different levels of qualifications; but as long as you're enthusiastic about your degree and are willing to put in the effort, don't let being out of education for a period of time put you off going back! You'll likely find several students on your course who have had similar experiences.

Hope this was helpful,
Eve (Kingston Rep).
Original post by Foxpondlane
I’m nearly 30 and really want to study fine art but have been out of education for over 10 years and spent the last 8 years working in vehicle rental. I don’t have any prior experience or qualifications. I have been told a foundation degree may be better but I feel like that’s all about experimenting however I know I’d like to study more of the painting and drawing side of things. Is the foundation still the better option?

You can specialise in a Foundation course, you could choose fine art, painting or drawing. But it's all about experimenting with your ideas and techniques before confining yourself. I would advise being open minded but if you have a painting and drawing portfolio you could apply for both. Look at specific BA courses and their structure.

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