This course is new for the entry year 2022
If you're interested in taking on a new subject or have been out of education for a while, then our Integrated Foundation Year courses might just be for you. These four-year courses include an introductory year to help you build the core skills needed for degree-level study.
This is a chance for you to let your imagination run wild and explore your creativity, expand your professional skills and develop enhanced subject knowledge. We'll help you nurture your expertise in problem-solving, risk-taking, designing and making as you develop your abilities.
Develop technical, design thinking and production skills in your chosen specialism
Learn teamwork, leadership and project management skills through a variety of learning environments
Develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills through the development of unique and innovative projects
Go on to study your chosen course specialism at degree level
What our students do
Our students get to explore and develop within a stimulating creative community and gain the skills they need to succeed at degree level in their chosen specialism. Discover what our students get up to on the different course specialisms.
What our graduates do
From exhibitions to award wins, positions in leading creative businesses to launching their own ventures, our graduates are blazing a trail. Read about our graduates from across the course specialisms.
What you'll learn
In your foundation year, you'll study five core modules. These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of your chosen specialism. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs.
By the time you progress into year one of your chosen degree, you'll have a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, a developed practical and technical skillset and the confidence to excel in your chosen subject.
Modules (foundation year)
You'll begin your foundation year by working collaboratively with others to explore themes of the future. You'll take risks, experiment through play and be supported to break through barriers.
You'll take subject-specific workshops and develop essential technical and practical skills in your area of study. You'll also enhance your analytical and organisational abilities.
You'll work with your peer group to think beyond discipline by addressing a societal or global issue. You'll then showcase your work to your peers and deliver an accompanying evaluation of your process.
You'll enhance your creative and practical skills in your subject specialism by responding to typical industry briefs, underpinned by focused research and experiments. You'll also gain industry insights through guest lectures and workshops.
You'll develop your unique identity in your specialism through the production of a self-initiated body of work. Your final project will be the bridge to your next year, fully supported by evaluative reviews and critical analysis of the work you have created.
The modules above are those being studied by our students or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn
How you'll spend your time
Our Integrated Foundation Year degrees are designed to equip you with the skills you need to thrive in the creative industries. You'll learn through a blend of online learning, guided independent study and timetabled activity within our specialist workshops and technical facilities.
Foundation year assessments are 100% coursework based
Assessment will take place at the end of each module, and you'll get feedback and evaluation throughout the year. You'll be assessed through visual, verbal and written assignments, including your portfolio and a reflective journal.
Progressing in your specialism
Students studying on courses with an Integrated Foundation Year must successfully complete all foundation modules before they can progress to the next stage of their course.
Choosing your specialism
When you choose to study for an Integrated Foundation Year degree, you'll need to choose the subject you wish to specialise in before applying. For instance, you might want to study Computing for Games BSc(Hons), and you'll be able to choose the Integrated Foundation Year route.
Commercial Photography BA(Hons)
Computing for Games BSc(Hons)
Costume Design for Film & TV BA(Hons)
Creative Advertising BA(Hons)
Creative Virtual Reality BA(Hons)
Fashion Design BA(Hons)
Fashion Marketing BA(Hons)
Fashion Photography BA(Hons)
Fine Art BA(Hons)
Game Art (Hons)
Game Development BA(Hons)
Games Animation BA(Hons)
Graphic Design BA(Hons)
Immersive Computing BSc(Hons)
Interior Design BA(Hons)
Marine & Natural History Photography BA(Hons)
Post-production & Visual Effects BA(Hons)
Press & Editorial Photography BA (Hons)
Sustainable Product Design BA(Hons)
Textile Design BA(Hons)
Web Development BSc(Hons)
Specialist staff from your course discipline will contribute to the learning and teaching of your Integrated Foundation Year degree. Our lecturers are often practising professionals and academic researchers who can give you first-hand knowledge of the creative industries. Depending on your course, you may be taught by the following staff members.
How to apply
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you've specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
As a guide, our typical offer at the undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English, we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard, which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in-country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK/EU applications: 26 January 2022 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Tuition fees 2021-22
£9,250 per year - full-time UK
£16,950 - full-time EU
£16,950 - full-time international