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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 anybo
  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 w
  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.
  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 exampl
  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, w
  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
  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 des
  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 t
  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
  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
  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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