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At RMIT we don’t want our students to miss out on a semester or a year of study if we can help it. We have updated hundreds of courses with online enabled learning options while not compromising on the quality of education and student outcomes. Find out how we’re helping you continue to go to uni during COVID-19 with our online enabled study.
Why Foundation Studies?
Foundation Studies allows you to focus on areas of interest to you while improving your academic skills in a supportive environment.
Study at your own pace
Foundation studies offer two start dates across the year so you can choose a time that suits you.
Support and individual attention
Our teachers and support staff provide guidance, counselling, support and individual attention as soon as you start.
Mentoring and social activities
Our First 30 Days Program will offer you support, guidance and reassurance as you settle into your new home here in Melbourne. We also offer a range of social activities to help you make friends and adjust to your new environment.
How you will learn
You can choose to study subjects in your area of interest: Art, Design and Architecture; Business; Science, Engineering and Health.
Or you can study our General program which will give you wider future study options.
Foundation Studies is your direct pathway to degree programs at RMIT University.
It is important that you enrol in the correct Foundation Studies courses to allow you to progress to your degree program.
When you enrol your teacher will help you choose the subjects that suit you best and meet your degree program's entry requirements.
See a full list of programs with guaranteed pathways from Foundation Studies and their entry requirements below.
Architecture and Building
Art and Design
Communication and Digital Media
Community Services and Social Sciences
Computing and Information Technology
Education and Training
Environment and Planning
Health and Medical Sciences
Academic entry requirements
You must have successfully completed a senior secondary school qualification equal to an Australian Year 11 with a minimum D average.
Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.
Don't meet the academic requirements?
If you do not meet the academic requirements for Foundation Studies, you can study RMIT's secondary school qualification, the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).
After completing one semester of VCE Year 11 with a minimum of a B grade in English and B or C grades in other areas, you may be eligible for Foundation Studies.
English language requirements
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
IELTS (Academic): a minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 530 (TWE 3.5)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with a minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 162 with no less than 154 in any component.
A strong foundation for success
Fabio Hutagalung is a graduate of Foundation Studies and the Bachelor of Design (Communication Design). Fabio now works as an Account Executive at Encore Jakarta, a boutique branding agency that specializes in 3D rendering.
"In Foundation Studies I learned about 3D modelling, painting and also mixed media drawing. These things became the foundation of my portfolio to get into my Bachelor of Communication Design at RMIT.Studying abroad interests me because I want to live in another culture and learn how people do things differently in different cultures. Melbourne is not very far from my home country and has some of the top-ranking universities in Australia and the world. I chose RMIT specifically because it is well known for its design faculty."
Support for your career
Whatever you’re planning for life and work, we’re right behind you.
At RMIT we support you every step of the way to succeed in your studies.
We also offer many programs and services to help make sure you are ready for work by the time you graduate.