International Foundation in Art, Design & Media (Jan start)

Pre-degree

2017 entry

Dedicated to preparing international students for an undergraduate degree in the UK, this course celebrates the culture of each student whilst providing vital insight into Higher Education in the UK. You will emerge from the course with the confidence and practical skills to study a creative subject at a more advanced level.

Our International Foundation is fully integrated with English language teaching, helping you to reach your IELTS target for undergraduate level study. With frequent visits to cities such as London and Oxford, as well as trips to the south coast of England and to Amsterdam, you will discover what makes the UK such an important place to study art and design, and why our country has a world-renowned reputation in the creative industries.

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Length of study:

24 taught weeks, full-time

Starts:

January 2017

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Course overview:

The practical element of the International Foundation involves experimentation in a range of creative practices, such as fashion, graphics, moving image and crafts.

You will occupy your own studio space where you will be able to refine your abilities in a range of specialist techniques, at the same time as developing your own unique style and approach.

By the end of the course you will have a strong creative portfolio, having explored a number of specialisms before choosing a specific subject to pursue at undergraduate level.

Successfully completing all parts of the course means that you are guaranteed progression to study one of our undergraduate courses.

A student-to-staff ratio of 15:1 means a high level of tutor interaction, so you can develop at your own pace. You will learn and practice specific art and design vocabulary in preparation for your undergraduate course. The course is highly practical and you will be in the studio every day, with further tasks developing not only your English skills but also your presentation, essay writing and referencing skills.

 

Support for the development of academic English skills is available throughout the course. You will develop your English language and academic study skills through an integrated programme of critical studies which will prepare you for undergraduate level study.

 

Teaching methods include studio work, one-to-one tutorials, lectures, seminars and practical workshops. We will introduce you to a wide range of approaches in the use of materials, methods and processes. Assessment methods will range from presentations and critiques to portfolio reviews.

 

There are opportunities for you to informally discuss any points raised in lectures or seminars through personal tutorials. You will also receive individual support and professional advice on personal and academic issues, including your next steps in your choice of studies or career. We will also support you in applying to UCA for your BA (Hons) degree course and will offer advice and guidance on visa applications and other pastoral matters.

 

Course content - 2017 entry

We have built in a range of delivered classes, study skills and support within these units to give you the confidence to thrive in a new academic environment in the UK.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Exploring Practices, Materials and Process

    Unit 1 has been designed to help you explore and think about specialist areas of study and to develop key skills in investigation, recording and exploration within Art, Design and Media and studying in a second language. You will engage in a series of projects that have been structured to give you a detailed diagnostic introduction to a range of core generic art, design and media concepts and practical working approaches.

  • Integrating Research, Ideas and Methods

    A programme of lectures, key workshops and relevant museum and gallery visits in the UK and Europe will support this unit. You will be introduced to and develop your awareness of key contextual, contemporary and historical ideas, concepts and themes, which will continue your practical studio work throughout the course.

    Throughout the IFADM course we place a strong emphasis on research, which is the systematic development of ideas and key methodologies for navigating, interpreting and communicating what is driving you and your practice. We have designed this unit to run throughout the 3 stages of the course to support the natural and incremental development of these skills.

We have built in a range of delivered classes, study skills and support within these units to give you the confidence to thrive in a new academic environment in the UK.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Investigating Specialist Practice

    We have designed this unit to build upon the knowledge, skills and practices that you will have developed in Unit 1. This unit gives you the chance to focus on your chosen specialist practice in the creative arts by exploring the practice/s that you have decided upon in greater depth. This will allow you to confirm your area of specialisation for stage 3 of the course.

  • Integrating Research, Ideas and Methods

    A programme of lectures, key workshops and relevant museum and gallery visits in the UK and Europe will support this unit. You will be introduced to and develop your awareness of key contextual, contemporary and historical ideas, concepts and themes, which will continue your practical studio work throughout the course.

    Throughout the IFADM course we place a strong emphasis on research, which is the systematic development of ideas and key methodologies for navigating, interpreting and communicating what is driving you and your practice. We have designed this unit to run throughout the 3 stages of the course to support the natural and incremental development of these skills.

We have built in a range of delivered classes, study skills and support within these units to give you the confidence to thrive in a new academic environment in the UK.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Confirming Specialist Practice

    You will complete this by initiating, researching, developing, concluding, evaluating and presenting a self-directed specialist project. You will have the chance to propose and undertake individual specialist work and therefore finally confirm your specialist practice and interests. Embedded into this unit is more advanced language and study skills appropriate to academic study within the arts. These skills will be very independent at this point in relation to the key areas that you need to finally advance in.

  • Integrating Research, Ideas and Methods

    A programme of lectures, key workshops and relevant museum and gallery visits in the UK and Europe will support this unit. You will be introduced to and develop your awareness of key contextual, contemporary and historical ideas, concepts and themes, which will continue your practical studio work throughout the course.

    Throughout the IFADM course we place a strong emphasis on research, which is the systematic development of ideas and key methodologies for navigating, interpreting and communicating what is driving you and your practice. We have designed this unit to run throughout the 3 stages of the course to support the natural and incremental development of these skills.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

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Dates & fees

Our International Foundation in Art, Design & Media course is made up of three terms of eight taught weeks, plus two reading weeks.

 

Course

Start date

End date

Cost (Standard fee)

Cost (Discounted fee)

International Foundation in Art, Design & Media

January 2017

July 2017

£8,830

£8,480

If you choose to pay your fees in full before you enrol for your course, you will pay the discounted fee. If you choose to pay after you enrol, or pay in instalments, you will pay the standard fee.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (with good grades) and show strong evidence of your ability to successfully complete the programme and progress onto your chosen degree.

English language requirements

For this course you need an overall IELTS score of 5.0 with 4.5 in each component or an equivalent UK Visas & Immigration recognised qualification.

If you don't meet the English language requirement for the course, we may make you an offer for the International Foundation in Art, Design & Media with five or ten weeks' intensive English. This will improve your IELTS* score by 0.5 (five-week course) or 1.0 (ten-week course).

Your portfolio

Your portfolio should include 10-15 pieces of your work, which may include:

  • Painting, drawing (for example still life or life drawing), photography, three-dimensional works
  • Examples of the use of colour (through paintings or illustrations)
  • Sketchbook work which shows some development of your personal ideas.

Please organise files into a presentation or slide show format using PowerPoint or PDF to ensure cross-platform compatibility (PC or Mac).

How to apply

Apply online

All applications for this course should be made direct to UCA, using the online application form. 

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Already applied to UCA?

If you have already applied for another course with us and would now like to apply for the International Foundation in Art, Design & Media, please email us with the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your student number or date of birth
  • The name of the course: International Foundation in Art, Design & Media.

How to submit your portfolio

Once you have submitted your application, you can upload your portfolio using the portfolio upload tool on the applicant portal.

Alternatively, if your portfolio is smaller than 5Mb, you can email it to us in pdf format to internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk.

Please write your name, your seven-digit student number and the course you have applied for in the subject header of the email.

Additional information

Successfully completing all parts of the International Foundation in Art, Design & Media course means that you are guaranteed progression to study one of our undergraduate courses.

A key part of this course is working with you to identify the direction of your future studies. By working on a variety of different projects in a range of disciplines, you will be guided and supported to find the most appropriate undergraduate course to study after you complete the course.

We offer a range of undergraduate courses in the following subject areas:

  • Animation
  • Architecture & interior design
  • Crafts
  • Fashion & textiles
  • Film
  • Fine art
  • Graphics & illustration
  • Journalism
  • Marketing, management & promotion
  • Media & digital
  • Photography
  • Three-dimensional and product design.

If you have any questions about the International Foundation course or studying at UCA, please contact our Enquiries Team by completing our online form.

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