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Chenyu Ma, International Foundation

International Foundation in Art, Design and Media

International Foundation in Art, Design and Media

Farnham

Course overview

Our International Foundation courses are 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 good place to study art and design, and why our country has a world-renowned reputation in the creative industries.

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.

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.

You can also choose to study a 6 or 10 week intensive English course before this course, which will improve your IELTS score and is specifically designed to prepare you to study art and design at UCA.

Successfully completing all parts of the course means that you are guaranteed a place on one of our undergraduate courses.

Course details

Course details

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.

Exploring Practices: Process, Materials and Techniques
This unit 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. 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. The projects have specific themes and subject areas, but they also require your personal interpretation and outcome. 

English for Academic Purposes, Research and Study Skills
We have designed this unit to run throughout the whole course to support the natural and incremental development of all of these skills. We understand that they take time to master and that their integration is not a natural practice for internationally educated students. Central to this unit will be your research file and the course blog, which will form the foundations of recording, analysing and reflecting on ideas and methods in art and design practice. Alongside this you will learn how to write project proposals, an academic essay, give a research presentation and develop you listening and reading skills. 

Investigating Specialist Practice
We have designed this unit to build upon the knowledge, skills and practices that you will have developed in Exploring Practices: Process, Materials and Techniques. This unit gives you the chance to focus on your chosen specialist practice in the creative arts by exploring the practices that you have decided upon in greater depth. This will allow you to confirm your area of specialisation. In this unit, we will introduce you to the core principles, skills and tools of your specialist area. You will investigate, analyse and evaluate media, processes and techniques relevant to your specialist area in greater depth, with recording continuing to be a key foundation.

English for Academic Purposes, Research and Study Skills
We have designed this unit to run throughout the whole course to support the natural and incremental development of all of these skills. We understand that they take time to master and that their integration is not a natural practice for internationally educated students. Central to this unit will be your research file and the course blog, which will form the foundations of recording, analysing and reflecting on ideas and methods in art and design practice. Alongside this you will learn how to write project proposals, an academic essay, give a research presentation and develop you listening and reading skills. 

Final Major Project
At the beginning of this unit (final major project) you will develop a written project proposal and time plan. This proposal will reflect on your progress and achievement to date in the course, define your project concept, explain your methodology and list your supporting research and references. After this you will undertake relevant contextual research, develop your ideas and investigate materials and advanced processes. This will lead to the realisation of your final body of work. This unit and the course will be completed with a final professional exhibition of your specialist practice confirmation work.

English for Academic Purposes, Research and Study Skills
We have designed this unit to run throughout the whole course to support the natural and incremental development of all of these skills. We understand that they take time to master and that their integration is not a natural practice for internationally educated students. Central to this unit will be your research file and the course blog, which will form the foundations of recording, analysing and reflecting on ideas and methods in art and design practice. Alongside this you will learn how to write project proposals, an academic essay, give a research presentation and develop you listening and reading skills.

Our intensive English language courses are specifically designed to prepare you to study art and design at UCA.

The 6 week course will improve your IELTS by 0.5 and the 10 week course will improve your IELTS by 1.0.

Discover more about intensive English courses at UCA

Tuition fees
The course fees for September 2021 and February 2022 entry are:

International Foundation:

  • £15,540 (standard fee)
  • £14,920 (full early payment fee)

International Foundation with 6 weeks English:

  • £17,640 (standard fee)
  • £17,020 (full early payment fee)

Intrernational Foundation with 10 weeks English:

  • £19,740 (standard fee)
  • £19,210 (full early payment fee)

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs.

Further information
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

All full cost (non-EU) students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma and progress to a UCA postgraduate course will receive a £1,500 discount on the standard listed tuition fee for the postgraduate course. If the tuition fees are paid in full before enrolment, an additional 4% discount is applied.

Read more about fee discounts

Facilities

At UCA Farnham there is a dedicated studio for students on the International Pathway courses. You will also have be able to use the shared facilities at the campus including; 3D workshops with machines for working a in range of materials such as wood, plaster, clay and resin; digital media suites with both Macs and PCs loaded with design software; and open access print studios.

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International Pathway studios, UCA Farnham

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Print studios, UCA Farnham

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International Pathway studios, UCA Farnham

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3D workshop, UCA Farnham

Key facts

Key facts

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.

Successfully completing all parts of the 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
  • Business
  • Crafts
  • Fashion & textiles
  • Film
  • Fine art
  • Graphics & illustration
  • Marketing, management & promotion
  • Photography
  • Three-dimensional and product design.
Taislava Malyukova
Taislava Malyukova

"I consider this course not just as a start of a big journey, but as a journey on its own. The variety of projects completed and the number of places visited during the year were truly amazing. Awesome course, I would highly recommend!"

Dates & fees

Course

Start date

End date

Cost (Standard fee)

Cost (Discounted fee)

February course

31 Jan 2022

16 Sept 2022

£15,540

£14,920

For full details about the term dates please see: www.uca.ac.uk/life-at-uca/term-dates/international/

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

Course 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.

*For countries where 11 years of schooling is comparable to this level of entry, this will be accepted.

English language requirements:

International Foundation course:
You need to take an IELTS for UKVI test and achieve an overall IELTS score of 5.0 with 4.5 in each component.

International Foundation with 6 weeks English:
You need to take an IELTS for UKVI test and achieve an overall IELTS score of 4.5 with 4.0 in the listening, reading and speaking components and 4.5 in the writing component.

International Foundation with 10 weeks English:
You need to take an IELTS for UKVI test and achieve an overall IELTS score of 4.0 with 4.0 in each component.

How to apply

Apply online

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

Already applied to UCA?

If you have already applied for another course with us and would now like to apply for the International Foundation, 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 and Media.
Course specifications

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

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