International Foundation in Art, Design and Media (with 10 weeks English)

Pre-degree - UCA Farnham - 2019

Our International Foundation course 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.

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.

In addition, you'll study a 10 week intensive English course; this part of the course will improve your IELTS by 1.0. The intensive English course is specifically designed to prepare you to study art and design at UCA.

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.

Length of study:

28 taught weeks plus 10 weeks English, full-time

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Start month:

July

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Entry year(s):

2019

Entry requirements:

12 years of schooling (with good grades)

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Course details

  • 10 week intensive English

    Our intensive English language course is specifically designed to prepare you to study art and design at UCA. The 10 week course will improve your IELTS by 1.0. 

    Discover more about the 10 week intensive English course

  • Stage 1

    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. 

  • Stage 2

    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. 

  • Stage 3

    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.

  • Fees and additional course costs
    Tuition fees
    The course fees for the September 2019 International Foundation with 10 weeks English are:
     
    • International students - £16,140 (standard fee)
    • International students - £15,650 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2019 entry.

    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.

  • Fee discounts and scholarships

    All full cost (non-EU) students who successfully complete the International Foundation and progress to a UCA undergraduate course will receive a 10% discount on the standard listed tuition fee for the first academic year of their undergraduate course. If the tuition fees are paid in full before enrolment, an additional 4% discount is applied.

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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Dates & fees

Our course is made up of three terms, two reading weeks, plus 10 weeks pre-sessional English tuition. 

Course

Start date

End date

Cost (Standard fee)

Cost (Discounted fee)

International Foundation in Art, Design and Media with ten weeks' intensive English

1 July 2019

15 May 2020

£16,140

£15,650

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.

Discounts for progressing students

All full cost (non-EU) students who successfully complete the International Foundation and progress to a UCA undergraduate course will receive a 10% discount on the standard listed tuition fee for the first academic year of their undergraduate course. If the tuition fees are paid in full before enrolment, an additional 4% discount is applied.

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 to take an IELTS for UKVI test and achieve an overall IELTS score of 4.0 with 4.0 in each component.

Your portfolio

For this course we will require an online portfolio for assessment. 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).

Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the process for submission of your work will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you have applied.

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, 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.

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.

Key facts about the course

  • Specialist preparation

    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.

  • English language & study 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 & tutor engagement

    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.

     
  • Academic support

    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.

     
  • Next steps

    Successfully completing all parts of the International Foundation 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.

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