International Study Centre

Art, Media & Architecture

About this route

The International Foundation Year in Art, Media & Architecture will prepare you for an undergraduate degree in a range of fields such as media, design journalism and fashion design.

You will study core modules, which are general skills subjects, and optional modules such as media campaigns tailored to your chosen area of study, all of which are important for your academic development.

Why study Art, Media & Architecture?

  • Build your portfolio of creative work ready for your undergraduate degree
  • Start preparing for your future work placement with the International Study Centre’s CareerAhead activities
  • Choose from career-focused, professional degrees with a high graduate employment rate
  • Progress to a degree which incorporates cutting edge practices, ensuring you graduate with an up-to-date knowledge on your chosen industry
  • Benefit from top facilities on a modern campus, such as the new £30 million Barbara Hepworth building – the home of all things art, design and architecture at the University.

This programme pathway is available in the following subject pathway:

  • Art, Media & Architecture

Within this pathway, you will choose modules which both interest you and support your chosen progression degree. Please note that you are expected to attend 100% of your classes at the International Study Centre or you are at risk of losing your Student visa.

Modules

You will develop your academic and study skills through a range of core and subject-specific modules, including:

Core Maths

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.

Drawing OR Media Campaigns OR Introduction to Humanities

In this module students will be introduced to a series of exercises each week in order to introduce a range of different materials and develop confidence in drawing techniques. Students will consider and evaluate the work of artists and designers. Emphasis will be placed on developing the ability to record what is seen. Assessment in this module is via the submission of a portfolio. The portfolio will include around ten pieces of work which should be professionally presented and mounted. Work produced on this module will also be considered by the university as part of admission to the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

As part of this module, students will research, plan, source material, edit and present a promotional video on a chosen theme. Students will generate ideas, find inspiration and familiarise themselves with their theme by looking at existing videos, photographs, art projects, and news articles. Mind maps, storyboards and video software will be used to complete the final project.

This module will give students the opportunity to explore people and culture from different perspectives. It covers the basic from what are the humanities to more specialised issues such as people and histories, identity, Britishness, arts, culture and language.

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including 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.

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning.

Art and Design History

In this module, students will study the history of art and design. Students will develop a knowledge of key movements within an historical context. Research skills will be used to collect, record, analyse and evaluate information. Social, economic, political, technological and philosophical factors which have affected design will be examined.

Visual and Perceptual Studies Project

The emphasis of this module is on the development of creativity and visual perception through exploration. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with some of the media, processes and visual language associated with visual communication. The module encourages the development of personal strengths and interests and introduces concept development through a range of media and processes. These skills will prepare you for your further study at the university and in your future career.

Workshop

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including 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.

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning.

Personal Learning and Critical Thinking Skills (PLTS)

The aim of the module is to emphasise the importance of acquiring and improving six transferable skills that enable students to cope with change and to learn effectively; skills that will help them to be effective in many different work and life situations. Furthermore, these are skills that employers and those in further education want to see developed. Employers worldwide are demanding more than just a degree – they want employees with additional winning skills.

Key facts

Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent
English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (minimum of 4.0 in writing), or equivalent*
Age on entry: 17+ (in the September or October of the academic year you wish to start at the International Study Centre). Must turn 18 before the start of your undergraduate degree

Visit our entry requirements page for a complete list of country-specific requirements.

*If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

To learn more about course costs visit our fees page.

New November start

If you want to be better prepared for the start of your January programme of study, join us in November.

Course dates

Course length: 2 semesters 
Entry points: October, November and January.

October 2022
2/10/2022 - 9/2/2023
19/2/2023 - 29/6/2023
November 2022
27/11/2022 - 4/5/2023
7/5/2023 - 3/8/2023
January 2023
8/1/2023 - 27/4/2023
30/4/2023 - 3/8/2023
October 2023
1/10/2023 - 8/2/2024
18/2/2024 - 27/6/2024

Why join this November?

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree in September 2023.

By starting in November, you will benefit from three additional weeks of study and life skills before commencing your main pathway programme in January 2023. There will be no additional tuition fee for this period, and this will provide you with a great opportunity for an enhanced student experience focusing on three key areas: orientation; practical support and academic and digital skills. Topics will include a digital skills health check; managing your money; practical tips on finding study and life balance; and an introduction to assessments in UK higher education.

What will I study in the additional three weeks?  

You’ll benefit from a 15-hour per week face-to-face classes, allowing you to:

  • feel more confident and better prepared for the start of your January programme of study
  • practice your English by interacting with the fellow students and build friendships
  • assess your own digital skills proficiency
  • meet the key Centre staff who will provide advice for success
  • familiarise yourselves with the support available
  • apply a range of academic study skills to meet your individual needs
  • have more time to adapt to the UK life and settle in before you begin your January programme.

Are there any additional cost or fees?

There will be no additional tuition fee, as November starts will have the same tuition fee as the respective January programme. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period (i.e. accommodation). If you request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly in October regarding the options available.

Progress to Huddersfield

This programme can lead to one of the undergraduate degrees listed below (subject to meeting the grades outlined). These degrees are subject to change.

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish Grade
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English Language Preparation

A one or two semester course for undergraduates, or eight or twelve weeks for postgraduate students, to improve your English language level.

Prepare for Success

5 weeks before your selected course you will be automatically enrolled in our Prepare for Success online programme in order to help you get everything you need.