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  1. Hello, I am finishing my IB as we speak and I have come to realize, that what I thought I had figured out is not so obvious anymore. I have applied to a number of Architecture courses in British universities in January (UCAS deadline). The future I thought I had figured out has become a little shaky and I started to be unsure about my course choice. I decided at this point that I will either take a gap year or do a foundation year in Art & Design. As I am unable at this point to apply to British universities I was unsure whether I would be able to apply anywhere at this stage. Does anybody know a university, which offers a foundation course in Art & Design, which will take my application as late as now. I would rather prefer Europe, but ultimately I am open worldwide. I might add that I consider myself a fairly strong candidate (35-38 points, 7 predicted in Art HL). Thank you for help.
  2. Hello, Does anybody know any foundation courses in Europe in the fields of the art? (1 year) I am looking for a place to build up my portfolio as well as to explore different aspects. I am not able to apply to UK as I have used up my 5 UCAS choices (my plans have changed since then). I am therefore looking for a university, which does a foundation course, is english speaking and in Europe. Just to clarify: my grades are well above average, I am also doing Visual Art Higher, I still, however remain undecided on what I want to do. I am looking for a little bit of high-profile place, I believe what I have done so far would enable me to compete for places. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  3. It is not worth it. What hurts the most is how useless all the work is. And the argument of "The rest of your life will be easy afterwards" is not a valid one. People who do not do IB can actually go out there and do stuf they are interested and know, that will be beneficial to them e.g paint, sculpt, read, travel. People who do IB spend free days doing IAs which will be forgotten the minute they are completed.
  4. Economics higher is available as online course! You also have a teacher, a "classroom" and you do everything others do. I know a couple of people who do it that way. It does cost extra though. Do not drop it, just do it online
  5. The lack of Physics Higher might be problematic. If you are in IB1 you should try to swap. Material from SL and HL is the with same the an exception of additional little bits for higher. You should be able to get in SOMEWHERE, you should although look into specific universities that interest you, start by googling the best engineering in Germany, then look at requirements. Feel free to contact the universities by e-mail or phone them. As I have mentioned requirements vary from a university to a university, it is therefore impossible to say whether your qualifications are enough and for what. Searching specific uni's website will provide you with entry requirements.
  6. Even though this topic is almost a year old I will refresh it wiht my opinion. For me IB was definitely not worth it. Just to clarify - I was an upper level student - got 39 points at the end, nevertheless I have found the workload and everything we have to do to be quite limiting. A paradox presents itself here; a program, which is supposed to be an essence of individualism and open-mindness has limited my self-development. The work load left me no time to pursue my passions, harming my chances of getting into universities. Outside of school activities were often out of a question, for example an internship for a month, from 16:00 - 20:00, after school was out of a question. I have found, that im spending less time doing stuff that I know will actually help me in the future and more doing mindless essays. The contents of some courses - for example Visual Arts is based on the right principles, but poorly thought over. The Ib requires student to submit a minimum of 18 final pieces of work. A student is limited into producing quick artwork, big sculptures, assemblages or developing the work properly was not a possibility. As much as I enjoyed ToK, the syllabus is extremely poor. Instead of passing some actual knowledge, e.g basics of philosophy, students are learning about ways of knowing, which were made up by the IB and change pretty much every year, representing therefore no actual knowledge. Majority of universities, from my experience, do not recognize the IB as something superior. I have found that a lot of universities ask for extra qualifications, such as internships, which were not a possibility due to the workload from the IB.
  7. I have not read the book myself, you could however narrow the topic by pointing specific aspects of the characters and/or specific aspects of life in a concentration camp. For example: the relationship between the three characters displays the human persistence to form bonds with one another, despite opposing conditions. Topics, which focus on the power of human nature to break through obstacles etc. tend to do well. Another one could be: How does each character portray the struggle of life inside a concentration camp. (How does the writer capture the cruelty and opression in different ways, with different characters etc., perhaps compare these ways, point out how are they effective in their own way) Hope this helps Good Luck
  8. I suggest using a synthetic clay material - like Fimo. These can be air-drying and therefore you can stuck whatever wires inside you need to balance the sculpture. There are types of polymer clay, which are unbelievably light - allowing you to create far more delicate pieces than with water based clay. They are however more pricy than the classic type of clay, so watch out for that. Hope it helps
  9. It is a very good idea, I would recommend you thought to make your pieces metaphoric and expressive with mood and atmosphere. Painting your experiences figuratively might be considered as an easy way out. You clearly have a lot to display, you should make sure you make the most of it. Looking up Neo Rauch might be interesting for you. The painter illustrates the atmosphere and mood of the former East Germany. The nonsense, lack of progress, dysfunction is depicted very strongly not through literally painting ugly streets and ruined blocks, but by clashing characters, which have nothing to do with one another, who are self-absorbed in their own action, who display lack of cooperation. Painting scenes, which correspond atmospherically with your personal history is something I know for a fact IB loves . Hope it helped Good luck
  10. I suggest you change your theme or make it more broad. Limiting yourself to literature from a particular time in a particular place might be risky. It is of course your choice and the most important thing is that you are interested. Do not forget that you cannot simply paint Mythological scenes etc. You have to have something to bring across, some issue ou care about in every single one of your works. Greek Mythology has had a lot of impact on our culture. you could try to explore these impacts. Perhaps use some of the tales as a metaphor in portraying an issue which is contemporary?
  11. You should not feel as if you are being pressured in the way you create. Art is something very personal and in order for your work to be truly honest you should not force any "theme" on yourself. I recommend you do whatever you feel, just try to have a similar mood/atmosphere in your work. After a while a theme should come out by itself really. Looking at your interest my guess would be that something interesting for you could be: - exploring humans as animals, investigating the prime desires, questioning the boundary between a human and animal. - how civilized are we really (humans)? e.g despite the facade of social structures we are steered by basic, animalistic wants. - Technology =/= being civilized Are we (humans) just animals with toys? - exploring the actual difference between animals and humans - is it the technology, the social development, the moral values that differ us from animals? Going back into your architecture/ engineering interests: - How much is too much - critique of accelerated technological development - have we lost the spiritual values/morality etc etc? - You could do something very much architecture related - explore the visual qualities, which attract people into buildings. in which way is architecture influenced by our prime needs (a need for security -> feeling cozy, protected.) The term "Steampunk" is often not very appreciated in Fine Arts as it makes the fascination with rapid industrialization somewhat trivial. You have said, that you don't like the bronzy - brassy colors of steampunk. In Art you can do whatever you want. You don't like them? Use clean silver. I recommend you start with some issue, which you care about, something you want to bring across and go from there on how to portray it. It is far easier doing that rather than creating a piece and making up theory. I am sorry for the messy post Hope it helps. Good luck
  12. It is not only legal, but if done in a right way, brilliant. There are number of art techniques which simply involve using someone else's images. e.g the surrealist Collage - which can be divided into numerous categories including Cubomania etc. Look at Warhol - the artist used everyday objects, photographs, symbols, people and his work has had an enormous influence on late XX century art. Make sure however you have a good reason to do it. Have a clear purpose of your artwork - why are you copying a Disney Princess? Are you trying to transform the well-known image into something new? Are you trying to shock/intrigue the viewer by the context in which the well-known Princess is put in? Your work should be well-justified and you should have a clear message you are trying to bring across. Using well-known symbols or pictures usually refers to an attempt to transform what is known(for everyone) into something new; on setting new demands on reality; changing the way in which we perceive the world. As long as you do that you should be fine. You certainly will have to acknowledge the original creator. Do that in the bottom of your work (once you scan it into the computer -> all projects are send as digital pictures) as well as in the workbook. Good Luck
  13. You should make sure though you are very confident in your skills. If you are planning on getting a 7, IB expects that you are very well informed in the field of photography as well as have a certain visual sensitivity. Make sure you know what you are trying to bring across e.g a picture of a flower with an explanations - beauty in nature - would not do it, if you however refer to other artists working with flowers e.g Mapplethorpe and say you aim to abolish the way in which we perceive everyday objects (similarly to Magritte), give life to what we consider dead, set new demands on reality and the way of perceiving the world balblabla. From what I have seen the biggest struggle, people who do photography have is lack of a clear purpose. Just thought I would throw that out there so you can think about it. Good luck
  14. I would advise you to stay within the range of well respected artists, world class. Not that there is anything wrong with local artist or very contemporary ones, but you are always on a save side if the examiner shares your views. Something that would be actually be very useful for you in my opinion is genuinely looking up names that are interesting to you. There is a large number of artists who have worked with features distortion. One of the most iconic ones is for example Van Gogh - i do not have a specific name in my head right now, but the painter created an image of a man smoking a pipe. The figure was distorted and the artist himself has later admitted, that he is looking "to portray not the appearance, but the feel of a character" (not an exact quote). You should perhaps also look at sculptures - it would show your open - mind ness in gathering you inspirations, an artist on top of my head would be Giacometti. (His work is surrealistic though). Another one is Francis Bacon - enigmatic, puzzling, objectifying the human figure. A piece of advice I wish someone would have told me earlier would be to also read up on the artist, not only look up their paintings. Search what is their work really about. That is where art gets interesting. Consider what are you trying to bring across yourself. Ideally you would research art not only similar in form to what you are doing, but also in content. You can see how different artist go about displaying a certain idea, e.g stripping characters from their facades of appearance and displaying the "true" reality of the way people are. Hope this is of any help Good luck
  15. Usually your school will set their own deadlines for internall assesment. As the name suggests they are assesed internally and it is quite unlikely that they would make them all due the same day.
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