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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.

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 Diploma in Art and Design Foundation
  • Studies (Level 3) certificate (awarded by the University of the Arts London)
  • 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.)

Term Dates

Pre-Course Induction: 13-17th December 2021

Course dates: Monday 17 January 2022 to Friday 01 July 2022

2022 Reading weeks: 28 Feb – 7 March and 05 – 16 May

This is a full-time, fast-track 24-week preparatory qualification in Art, Design and Media.

You'll explore different creative approaches before choosing the specialism you wish to pursue at degree level. Delivered through a blended learning approach. the course includes practical workshops and studio sessions as well as lectures, creative tutorials, individual and collaborative projects and group discussions. The course aims to develop your ability to learn independently – an essential skill for further study – so you'll be encouraged to experiment, take risks and be ambitious in your thinking and ideas.

Whilst building your portfolio you'll also be encouraged to reflect on your own practice and that of your peers and share your views. Your tutor will support you with regular feedback and mentoring sessions to develop your confidence and help you decide upon your artistic direction. The course also includes a supportive programme of preparation for academic study sessions alongside the creative aspects of the course, giving you the opportunity to develop your academic English language skills in the context of art and design.

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Course Duration

6-months (full-time)

Fees

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Find out how to apply

To help get you ready for our International Foundation Diploma (IFD), we offer a six-week online preparation programme, free for all IFD students to join. This allows you to develop your portfolio whilst also getting you to the level needed to start confidently on IFD.

Delivered online over six weeks, there will be a series of creative sessions and tutorials every week. The course will introduce you to the style of learning needed at Foundation level, covering aspects such as understanding the creative process, critiquing your work, research and inspiration. It also provides a chance for you to meet course staff, fellow students and find out more about life at AUB.

If you are interested in finding out more about our IFD preparation programme, or the IFD course itself, do get in touch with our International team.

This module will give you the opportunity to practise and build your confidence in a range of academic skills needed to succeed in your studies with us at AUB, while also improving your ability to express yourself in an academic way.

All content is tailored to studying at an arts institution and will involve interactive, student-centred learning. Some sessions will be dedicated to students who need to meet the language requirements for direct entry into a degree, to help them improve their general language skills.

Tutorials will also be available for students who would like more focused academic support.

Completing the course

You’ll receive a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3) certificate on completion of your Foundation course.

Successfully completing the Foundation course guarantees you a place on one of our BA Honours degree courses at AUB.* You’ll agree the course that you’d like to study for with your tutor.

*BA (Hons) Acting and (BA Hons) Dance are audition-based.

All students who successfully complete this IFD course are guaranteed progression onto one of undergraduate courses.*


AUB Progression Bursary: IFD students who progress onto an AUB undergraduate course are eligible for a Progression Bursary of up to £9,000 (£3,000 per year).

This is a fast-track 24-week preparatory qualification in Art, Design and Media; you will explore different creative approaches before choosing the specialism you wish to pursue at degree level. Delivered through a blended learning approach, the course includes practical workshop and studio sessions as well as online lectures, creative tutorials, self-guided study projects and group discussions. The courses aims to develop your ability to learn independently - an essential skill for further study – so you will be encouraged to experiment, take risks and be ambitious in your thinking and ideas. Your tutor will support you with regular feedback and mentoring sessions to develop your confidence and help you decide upon your artistic direction.

The course also includes a supportive programme of preparation for academic study sessions alongside the creative aspects of the course, giving you the opportunity to develop your academic English language skills in the context of art and design.

*With the exception of BA (Hons) Acting and (BA Hons) Dance which are audition-based.

  • Academic IELTS with an overall score of 5.0 and a minimum score of 4.5 in each band
  • LanguageCert B2 Communicator (both written and speaking tests) with a pass in all four components (speaking, writing, listening and reading)
  • GCSE English, Language or English Literature with a grade C or grade 4
  • IGCSE First or Second Language English with a grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or C1 Advanced with a grade of C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or C2 Proficiency with a grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) overall score of 45 with a minimum of 43 in each component (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A, English Language and Literature, or English Language B with a grade of 4
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level English Language A, English Language and Literature, or English Language B with a grade of 5

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

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Emma Lay

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Caroline Johnson

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Denise Poote

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Tereza Tzelepaki

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Clare Baskerville

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Dan Lobb

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