Pathway for Art, Design & Business

UCA Farnham - 2020

Length of study:

22 weeks, full-time


UCA Farnham

Entry requirements:

12 years* of schooling (with good grades)

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Course entry options:

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Course overview

This Pathway for Art, Design and Business course is designed for our international students who cannot take their IELTS test this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

You’ll be prepared for an undergraduate degree here in the UK with this intensive course that celebrates the culture of each student while also providing vital insight into UK Higher Education.

As well as developing English skills, you can also expand their art and design knowledge, giving you the confidence and practical know-how to go on to study creative subjects at a more advanced level.

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Course details

  • Stage 1

    Throughout the course you will study the following units:

    Investigating Specialist Practice in creative art, design and business

    English in Academic and Professional Contexts

    Confirming Specialist Practice in creative art, design and business

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees will be published here as soon as they are available.

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees there may be some additional costs for this course and details of these will be published shortly.

    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 course 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.


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


Start date

End date

Cost (Standard fee)

Cost (Discounted fee)

Pathway in Art, Design and Business

Nov 2020

May 2021



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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.

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

English language requirements

For this course you will need to take an UCA internal English test or have IELTS tor UKVI and achieve an overall IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent.

How to apply

Apply online

All applications for this course should be made direct to UCA, using the online application form. This will be available here shortly.

Already applied to UCA?

If you have already applied for another course with us and would now like to apply for the Pathway course, 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.

Key facts about the course

  • Specialist preparation

    Our student-to-staff ratio 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 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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