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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, ready to progress to one of our degree courses.

Our six-month Foundation is ideal for student who are unable to study a one-year Foundation, or those who would like to develop their portfolio and language skills before progressing onto an undergraduate course.

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.

This is a full-time, fast-track 24-week preparatory qualification in Art, Design and Media. The course will take place from Monday 17 January 2022 to Friday 01 July 2022.

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 encourage 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.

Course Duration

6-months (full-time)

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To get you ready for the International Foundation Diploma (IFP), we offer a six-week online preparation programme. It's free to join and allows you to develop your portfolio and get to the level needed to start 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 provided a chance for you to meet course staff, fellow students and find out more about life at AUB.

All students will attend 11 days of Preparation for Academic Study across Stage 1 and 2.

This integrated module will give you the opportunity to practise and build your confidence in a range of academic skills required to succeed in your studies at AUB (e.g. working with academic sources, writing effective essays and evaluations, listening and note-taking, presenting and evaluating your work), 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. Tutorials will also be available for students who would like more focussed academic support.

The three stages of the course contain regular assessments that test the skills and language studied during the course. Successful completion of both the Preparation for Academic Study and the Foundation part of the course will ensure progression onto your chosen BA pathway.

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.*

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. One of the advantages of this course, for both tutors and students, is the varied and rich cultural heritage of each year’s cohort that not only influences their responses to projects, but gives context to their work, reflecting current creative practices and global influences.

Rachael Williams, Course Leader

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