The term “Art School” has a very broad meaning, but here we are referring to specialist colleges and university departments that offer Degree Courses in Art and Design. There is a huge range of courses available, from Fine Art to Fashion and Textiles or Product Design. The UK is renowned for the quality of its Art and Design courses, and entry to the top Art Schools is extremely competitive. If you are considering a creative career and are interested in applying for a degree course in an Art-related subject it is essential to make the right choices for A Level or IB or Pre-U subjects as early as possible.
What should you study in the 6th Form? How can you choose where to study?
There are many questions to consider. Do you need to take A-Level Art or History of Art or Photography? What about the IB or Pre-U? Should you combine Art with other subjects such as English, History, Modern Languages, Business or Maths to either suit the degree requirements or alternatively hedge your bets in case you change career direction? Most importantly, the key decider in Art School admission is compiling your own individual art portfolio. So which school / college is going to combine top class art facilities, inspired teaching and the experience to guide the student’s personal portfolio?
What is an Art Foundation Course? Do you need to take one?
If you know exactly what you want to study, and already have a strong portfolio, it is possible to apply for an Art and Design Degree course to start immediately after completing A-Levels or the equivalent, but many students choose to take a Foundation Course to develop their skills and explore different disciplines first. Foundation Courses generally give you more opportunity to develop your own portfolio. Some Art Schools require a Foundation Course and indeed many offer their own. The traditional route for UK students is to take a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. For international students there are a range of different Foundation Courses offered at private sixth form colleges, as well as by some Art Schools to prepare you for entry to an Art and Design degree course.
How do you apply for a Foundation Course or a Degree Course in Art and Design? How do you pick the best one to suit your aims?
Entry procedures and requirements for courses vary considerably, but in all cases the most essential aspect of your application will be your portfolio. It is essential to choose a school or college which will support you in developing an impressive portfolio of your work and give you the best chance of ultimately gaining entry to the degree course of your choice.
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