It's that time of year when A level and higher results are in and the UCAS clearing system fires up to get you placed at a college that is right for you – hopefully.
I went through UCAS clearing some 23 years ago (in fact it was ADAR then – Art and Design Admissions Registry) so I know all too well what you're going through.
If you are in this position of applying through UCAS clearing then you might be feeling a little fragile depending on how you've found yourself here. That is to be expected if you haven't had any offers.
However, it's not a good time to be desperate and to looking at all kinds of courses all over the country in a bid just to 'get a place'.
I went for an interview at Farnham College for printmaking through clearing. I didn't know anything about the course, the place and probably luckily so, I didn't get an offer. Take a look at our eBook 'Choosing the right college for you' as it provides some thought provoking questions that you could ask yourself to ensure you've considered everything of importance.
If you are applying through UCAS clearing then you do also need to have another back up plan in case this happens to you and you don't get a place this way. Check out your local further education college as it's possible still to get placed there on courses that would lead you into art college for next year. So you need to be looking at Art Foundation courses, HNC, National Diploma (if you don't have A levels) and check when you've found a course that you like the look of, what progression routes it qualifies you for.
I was studying an art foundation course when I applied and luckily they were happy for me to repeat my year on this course part time. I don't recommend that if you don't get in that you spend a year working or traveling and then apply again with the same portfolio – why would you do that? You need to improve your chances and to do that a structured course is the best option.
In hindsight I realised that I just wasn't ready to go to art college just yet. I needed that extra year at college to develop my art but also emotionally I wasn't really to leave home I don't think. Had I gone to college that year it could have been a disaster, I will never know!
Our eBook titled 'What to do if you don't get in' is full of really useful advice to help you make the decisions that you face just now. It's FREE!
Read more about clearing from the UCAS website.
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