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International Foundation Year

Creative Arts students

Creative Arts


The International Foundation Year in Creative Arts prepares international students for progression to degrees in fields such as Art, Design and Media.

You will study core modules which are general skills subjects and route modules which are specific and important for your academic development.

Core modules

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Personal, Learning and Critical Thinking Skills are essential skills for work and learning, and will prepare you to confidently enter university and later working life. The six groups of skills are:

  • Independent enquirers
  • Creative thinkers
  • Reflective learners
  • Team workers
  • Self-managers
  • Effective participators

This module is assessed by a project that focuses on your chosen degree subject and is an essential component of the International Foundation Year Programme.

Core Mathematics

In this module you will focus on basic topics and methods in Numerical Techniques, Algebra, Calculus, Statistics and Probability with a view to strengthening your background knowledge and improving your skills in handling and presenting data.

Pure Mathematics (Architecture students only)

In this module you will focus on basic topics and methods in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics and Probability with a view to strengthening your background knowledge.

Route modules


A series of exercises will be introduced each week in order to introduce you to a range of materials and develop confidence in drawing techniques. You will consider and evaluate the work of artists and designers. Emphasis will be placed on developing ability to record what is seen.

Visual and Perceptual Studies

The emphasis of this module is on the development of creativity and visual perception through exploration. You will have the opportunity to experiment with some of the media, processes and visual language associated with visual communication. You will develop the ability to move through initial research to development of ideas and refine a final outcome.

Art and Design History

As artists and designers have always looked to the past for inspiration and innovation, you will be introduced to the study of Art and Design History. You will develop knowledge and understanding of key movements within an historical context, providing a framework for your understanding of works of art and design. You will also develop research and skills in identifying, selecting and recording appropriate references for study.

Degree progression

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Architecture/Architecture (International) (RIBA Part 1) BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Computer Games Design BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Contemporary Art and Illustration BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Costume with Textiles BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Fashion & Textiles Buying Management BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Fashion Communication and Promotion BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Fashion Design BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Graphic Design and Animation BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Interior Design BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Photography BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Product Design BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Textile Practice BA/BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
These degrees and grades are subject to change.