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Answering YOUR Art and Design Queries

Hi, hi! My A-Levels are over and I'm a little free on time so I thought it would be nice to open this forum for anyone that wanted to ask questions regarding Art and Design/Fine Art as a subject choice!

I can help with:
- GCSE Art
- A-Level Fine Art
- Art in UCAS and in university
- Art in general (particularly digital art)

I CAN'T help with:
- Making your coursework art FOR you (even if paid) - that goes against the rules of your qualification
- Making free art for you in any scenario
- Uber-specific Art subjects such as Textiles, Fashion or Photography. Sorry, I'm just not super familiar with those areas since I never took them 🤷*♀️.
- Super accurate art tutorials - I am not the best artist around. I can only lead you to YouTube or elsewhere where somebody whose better than me could explain what ya need.

The main reason why I'm writing this is, I guess, because I wanted to compile a bunch of asked questions for later where it might be useful to turn them into a future YouTube video, the sort I wish I had when doing Art as a subject. This is not a promo (sorry, TSR if this aint allowed😭) - I'll accept any type of question until further notice, even if you're from a different discipline of art or exam board, unless it fits into something I can't help you with.

Thank you! I hope as time goes on, more people might be able to reply to whomever comes asking a question. I feel like there isn't a lot of Art forums specifically for helping each other on here, so here lies the foundations to that, I guess.
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Original post by thelilyopela
Hi, hi! My A-Levels are over and I'm a little free on time so I thought it would be nice to open this forum for anyone that wanted to ask questions regarding Art and Design/Fine Art as a subject choice!
I can help with:
- GCSE Art
- A-Level Fine Art
- Art in UCAS and in university
- Art in general (particularly digital art)
I CAN'T help with:
- Making your coursework art FOR you (even if paid) - that goes against the rules of your qualification
- Making free art for you in any scenario
- Uber-specific Art subjects such as Textiles, Fashion or Photography. Sorry, I'm just not super familiar with those areas since I never took them 🤷*♀️.
- Super accurate art tutorials - I am not the best artist around. I can only lead you to YouTube or elsewhere where somebody whose better than me could explain what ya need.
The main reason why I'm writing this is, I guess, because I wanted to compile a bunch of asked questions for later where it might be useful to turn them into a future YouTube video, the sort I wish I had when doing Art as a subject. This is not a promo (sorry, TSR if this aint allowed😭) - I'll accept any type of question until further notice, even if you're from a different discipline of art or exam board, unless it fits into something I can't help you with.
Thank you! I hope as time goes on, more people might be able to reply to whomever comes asking a question. I feel like there isn't a lot of Art forums specifically for helping each other on here, so here lies the foundations to that, I guess.


i’m technically doing art and design but it’s the same thing really lmao. do u think quantity over quality is better, or vice versa? my teachers keeping bringing my grade down cause nothing is fully finished, but also complain I don’t have enough overall 😭
Original post by louie2
i’m technically doing art and design but it’s the same thing really lmao. do u think quantity over quality is better, or vice versa? my teachers keeping bringing my grade down cause nothing is fully finished, but also complain I don’t have enough overall 😭


TLDR: Depends on your art style.

The more technically and conceptually confident you feel in your artwork, the more liberty you tend to have in regards to how much you should do. If the teachers perceive your work as 'taking longer', even when unfinished, then they'll let you get away with making less. On the other hand, if your coursework comprises of less time-intensive mediums, materials or motif, you should ideally make more to make up for any discrepancies in skill.

Case in point: me and my best friend both got similar marks in our coursework. I focused on large, detailed paintings - I never really did more than, say, 3/4 final pieces for the first half of my qualification. She, on the other hand, was up in the studio practically everyday making dozens of little textile pieces to collage together in the end.

I think what you should do is to focus on finishing the work you have first. Naturally, unfinished work will lack coherence and continuity, and you wouldn't show a fashion house a garment with holes in it, or a kitchen a meal that's undercooked. It's also easier to finish what you have than add more unfinished worked on top of it. From there, you can decide for yourself how much more work you need. Besides from the seemingly obvious required content needed for a pass, if you show your teachers that what you're up to so far is part of a bigger picture, they should be more than happy to follow along and increase your grade accordingly. Hope this helps! 😌

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