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International Foundation Diploma (IFD)

Find your creative voice, boost your existing skills and gain a diploma qualification at the same time as producing a portfolio of work. Join our International Foundation Diploma (IFD) and be ready to progress to one of our degree courses in the same year.

After successful completion of this course, students are awarded the widely recognised UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3).

If you're interested in joining our course in 2023 please contact us

Course information

This course is ideal for students who are unable to commence a one-year Foundation course in September, or those who would like to expand and tailor their portfolio for HE progression whilst gaining valuable academic study skills and improving their English communication and language skills.

  • Fast-track, preparatory programme, January start
  • Gain a UAL Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media (awarded by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body)
  • Small group tuition with a high level of tutor contact time
  • Blended learning approach: studios sessions, online lectures, creative tutorials, self-guided study projects and group discussions
  • Specialist technical workshops in a variety of creative subjects
  • Preparation for Academic Study sessions
  • English Language tuition (optional)
  • Guaranteed place on a BA degree at AUB upon IFD completion
  • £9,000 Progression bursary to support your BA studies (£3,000 p.a.)

Find your creative voice, boost your existing skills and gain a diploma qualification.

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The IFD course gives students the space and opportunity to explore their artistic expression through a collaborative, intercultural approach. The varied and rich cultural heritage of each year’s cohort influences projects, reflecting current creative practices and global influences.

Rachael Williams, Course Leader

See what our students are doing

Want to know what it’s like to study on this course? Take a look at the posts below to find out more from our students.

"On top of learning the multifaceted nature of the creative practices, I also learnt how to be a learner outside of a university setting. The discussions I had and the advice I got from tutors were incredibly useful. Their influences will remain an integral part of my creative journey as it continues to grow".

Thanatchaporn Poungponprom, Thailand

"The foundation training that I have had the privilege of undertaking within this course has equipped me with the knowledge, confidence, skills and creativity that has enabled me to freely express myself through fresh ideas and problem-solving".

Chynna Swann, Turks & Caicos

"AUB has a high-quality teaching philosophy and methodology and the university is of a very high standard in terms of facilities. The environment of AUB and its surroundings are extremely beautiful, especially Bournemouth Beach, which is a worthwhile place to visit."​

Crystal He, China

Meet our course team

Our lecturers and technicians are experts in their fields. You can find out more about the teaching staff on this course by exploring their profiles below.

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Rachael Williams

Course Leader - International Foundation Diploma (IFD) – Preparation for HE...

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Emma Lay

Lecturer - English for Academic Purposes – Student Services...

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Trevor Herndon

Lecturer - English for Academic Purposes – Student Services...

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Caroline Johnson

Visiting Lecturer...

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Denise Poote

Visiting Tutor...

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Tereza Tzelepaki

FAD and IFD Technician Demonstrator

Clare Baskerville

Clare Baskerville

Clare Baskerville studied Fine Art at Arts University Bournemouth for both her BA Hons Degree and MA...

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Dan Lobb

Visiting Tutor...

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