University of Huddersfield 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.

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

This module will give students the opportunity to develop awareness and competency in the range of academic language-related skills required for successful study at Higher Education level. These include the processes and conventions 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. Students will be provided with an opportunity to develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language with clarity and confidence, as well as to reflect on their learning and identify how to improve their skills and language.

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

This module will give students the opportunity to develop awareness and competency in the range of academic language-related skills required for successful study at Higher Education level. These include the processes and conventions 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. Students will be provided with an opportunity to develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language with clarity and confidence, as well as to reflect on their learning and identify how to improve their skills and language.

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.

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.

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

Term dates:

November 2021
Semester 1: 15/11/2021 - 06/05/2022
Semester 2: 09/05/2022 - 05/08/2022
Find out more about our new November intake here

January 2022
Semester 1: 24/01/2022 - 06/05/2022
Semester 2: 09/05/2022 - 05/08/2022

IELTS March June Aug Sept Nov Jan Feb May June Aug Sept
4.0 (4.0 in all skills)   12-week ELP IFY semester 1 IFY semester 2 Holiday Start your undergraduate degree
4.5 (4.0 in writing)
  IFY semester 1 IFY semester 2
3.5 (3.5 in all skills)   24-week ELP IFY semester 1 IFY semester 2
4.0 (4.0 in all skills)   12-week ELP

To learn more about course costs visit our fees page.

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 Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade Additional Grade
Animation Production BA (Hons) 40% 50% -
Architectural Technology BA (Hons) 40% 50% -
Architecture/Architecture (International) (RIBA Part 1) BA (Hons) 40% 50% -
Broadcast Journalism BA (Hons) 40% 50% -
Computer Games Design BA (Hons) 40% 50% -
Contemporary Art BA (Hons) 40% 50% -
Contemporary Art and Illustration BA (Hons) 40% 50% -
Costume with Textiles BA (Hons) 40% 50% -
Creative Media and Production BA (Hons) 40% 50% -
Fashion Brand Marketing BA (Hons) 40% 50% -
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