International Foundation in Art, Design & Media (Jan start with 5 weeks English)

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.

You'll study the 5 week pre-sessional English course which will improve your IELTS by 0.5 before joining the foundation course which starts in January. The pre-sessional English course is specifically designed to prepare you to study art and design at UCA.

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Length of study:

29 taught weeks, full-time

Starts:

November 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

  • Pre-sessional English 5 weeks

    Our Pre-sessional English language course is specifically designed to prepare you to study art and design at UCA. This part of the course will help you to: improve your IELTS score; improve your academic English for art and design; expand your art and design specific vocabulary in preparation for future study; enhance your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in English; develop your research skills; increase your confidence as a creative arts student in the UK; understand more about living and studying in the UK.

  • Reality and Representation

    You will develop your technical and conceptual drawing and visual language skills through an exploration of the themes of environment, object and body.

  • Experimentation, Process and Material

    This unit is an introduction to assignment-based work structures, examining a range of core art and design concepts. Workshops will expand your technical understanding and help you to discover useful materials and processes.

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

  • Experimental Research, Ideas and Methods

    You will explore chosen pathways (Fashion, Graphics, Fine Art, 3D Design, and Moving Image) to help you decide on an area of specialisation within art and design. Within these areas, you will also work with different media, processes and techniques, and learn about cultural and historical developments, core principles and theoretical aspects.

  • Portfolio and Progression

    This unit will support you in exploring possible progression routes and confirm your pathway specialism, as well as developing a portfolio to help you access an undergraduate course. You will also develop presentation skills through structured portfolio reviews, critiques and mock interviews.

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

  • Major Project

    To end the course, you will research, develop, evaluate and present a major project. This will include undertaking individual specialist work through research, idea development and final presentation, and exhibiting your final major project.

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, two reading weeks, plus 5 weeks pre-sessional English tuition 

Course

Start date

End date

Cost (Standard fee)

Cost (Discounted fee)

International Foundation in Art, Design & Media with five weeks' intensive English

November 2017

July 2018

£10,870

£10,440 

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 4.5 with 4.0 in the listening, reading and speaking components and 4.5 in the writing component or an equivalent UK Visas & Immigration recognised qualification.

If you don't meet these English language requirements, we may make you an offer for the International Foundation in Art, Design & Media with ten weeks' intensive English to help you improve your results.

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

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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 with 5 weeks English (Jan start).

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 three-year 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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