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Artistic Aspirations

I’ve been looking into university recently, as well as my college options for next year. After my trip into Wales last weekend (Cardiff is amazing, seriously, it’s the city of my dreams), I think I’ve settled on applying for both Cardiff University, probably for something like psychology, philosophy, something like that, and Cardiff Art And Design College. The idea of living and studying in Cardiff for three years is like a dream come true, but there’s only one problem. I don’t know what to study.

You see, I know I have artistic skill, I’m not going to lie and be modest about it, I can paint quite well, and I’ve got serious drive and ambition to really put my mind to it and want to succeed. Add to that the fact that I’m not exactly dumb, hell, I do maths, physics and chemistry A-Levels! So, something in business is where I should be aiming for.

I have a real eye for design, I know what goes and what doesn’t, and I have a way of thinking logically about stuff, so if I am to go down the artistic route in terms of higher education, it wouldn’t be with the end sight in working for somebody else, with no say in anything, no, I’d want to work for myself, and as the idea of owning my own business has appealed to me for ages and ages, that seems like a worthwhile goal. So, if that’s where I’m heading, I still need to focus my educational path even more. This is because, if you venture over to the CAADC course listing, there are a list of courses you can take.

  • Architectural Design And Technology
  • Ceramics
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Communication
  • Illustration
  • Interior Architecture
  • Artist Designer:Maker
  • Product Design
  • Textiles

I don’t really know a lot about the courses, as the website insists on using the longest wording ever for everything, and most of what they say seems to be identical for each course. The ones that I’ve found interesting by what little I can discover from the website have to be Fine Art, which seems remarkably similar to what I’ve been doing at GCSE and A-Level, Graphic Communication, Artist Designer:Maker, which the website is so unclear on it could either be the best thing ever for me, or hellish, and Textiles, which would be a way into the textiles industry, which would be fun, and would allow me to start a business, and all them goals, but seems a little gay cliché.

So, if anybody has any information that could help me, or if any of my readers are also aspiring to go into the artistic and creative sector, please leave a comment below and we can share stories and information!

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Mary Portas Is An Inspiration

So recently I’ve watched all of ‘Mary’s Bottom Line’ and ‘Mary Queen of Frocks’, about Mary Portas’s fight with fashion. In ‘Bottom Line’, she tries to restart British manufacturing, producing some lacy underwear, and in ‘Queen of Frocks’, she takes on the lack of fashion for woman in between teenagerdom and old age. She really is an inspiration, like, for me, and for a lot of other people. I used to watch ‘Mary Queen of Shops’, when it was on BBC2, and she really implanted the idea that business and fashion aren’t things that other people, big important rich people do, but something that everybody could do. Her ideas about how shopping should be an experience and how it should be fun, seem like such simple ideas that are just overlooked by most of the businesses I’ve visited.

The idea of owning a little chic shop somewhere, and having a job in fashion, but not working for somebody else, just seem like it would be so fun, and I hadn’t even thought about it until I watched her television shows. I know it’s a far-fetched idea, and it might not happen, as I’m not targeting fashion as a career path at all, but, as I’m an art student, aspiring to study art at university, then why couldn’t I take the short jump into fashion as well? All fashion is is art with clothes, and I don’t need to be taught how to apply my artistic mind to fashion, it’s all instinct and skill, and skills are something that you develop, and I already have the artistic instinct into what looks good and what doesn’t.

It’d be so fun to just be able to own a little piece of the world where I can build this little place where the rules are different, where I can have fun and be creative, and to make money from that as well, that would be the best thing in the world. The thing is, I don’t really know where to start, because it’s just a typical gay career, fashion, so I’d rather not talk about it with teachers, career advisers, so I don’t look silly, it’d have to be something I work on by myself, but that’d just make it more of a journey, an exciting adventure.

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