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International Foundation Art and Design
The International Art and Design Foundation Diploma is designed for international students who require additional language support while preparing for undergraduate study. English language skills are fully embedded into the programme to ensure maximum opportunity to prepare for a sustainable career in the creative industries.
We cover a wide range of creative approaches and processes to enable students to experience and understand the different disciplines in art and design available at the undergraduate level. Students are encouraged to take multidisciplinary approaches, exploring diverse practises in semester one, before specialising in semester two. As part of their studies, students are supported to create a portfolio for Art and Design undergraduate applications.
The course is closely connected to our well-established UAL Foundation Diploma in art and design that currently attracts home students and students with IELTS 6.0 and above, creating an opportunity for all students to feel part of a community. We provide small group teaching, specialist facilities and lecturers.
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The School of Arts has a student-centred approach to teaching which is reflected in our studio teaching. This approach uses a variety of teaching and learning methods to suit the varying needs of both students and course content. Students will learn alongside the well-established UAL Art and Design Foundation situated within the school, but also have separate more bespoke lessons to maximise learning opportunities throughout the programme. English language is taught across the programme, supporting and intersecting with the practical modules, enabling students to contextualise their learning within the discipline of art and design. The teaching of the English language is half of a student’s curriculum in Semester 1, and a third of their time in Semester 2.
Each student’s learning is further supported by an assigned Academic Advisor who helps to ensure they reach their full potential on the course. In collaboration with the student and other lecturers, they ensure that students are suitably challenged according to their ability, and also that any additional needs are met.
The international Foundation year is a progression year for undergraduate study at Oxford Brookes University. Students who complete the year will receive an International Foundation Diploma which is 120 credits at level 3. Students will be awarded a % grade where 40% or above is a Pass.
It is hoped that students will continue into one of the following programmes at undergraduate level 4 and students will be guaranteed an interview for these programmes:
- BA Hons Fine Art
- BA Hons Graphic Design
- BA Hons Photography
- BA Hons Media, Journalism and Publishing
- BA Hons Urban Design
- Following the interview, if the student is successful and an offer is made they will receive an offer based on achieving 55% overall on the programme.
Other subjects that students could progress to include BA Hons Architecture or BA Hons Interior Architecture and students will be offered a guaranteed interview for these programmes in line with those above. However, the % pass requirement following a successful interview will be 60% or higher.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.