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In order to qualify for a degree program, many students must complete a foundation year. If your high school credentials do not match the prerequisites of your intended program of study, a foundation year will serve to close the educational gap and introduce you to the professional industry. What is a foundation year in design studies? A foundation year in design prepares students for degree progr… Read more

In order to qualify for a degree program, many students must complete a foundation year. If your high school credentials do not match the prerequisites of your intended program of study, a foundation year will serve to close the educational gap and introduce you to the professional industry.

What is a foundation year in design studies? A foundation year in design prepares students for degree programs in design and begins laying the foundations for a professionally functional creative process. Scholars develop creative skills sets in a range of mediums through short projects. They study the history of design and art as well as research contemporary artists. Students will create content for their portfolios and gain greater insight into the demands of their intended degree program.

The foundation year is an extra year of instruction that gives students all the basic knowledge needed to successfully complete a design degree. Scholars can close their educational gaps and give themselves a head start in their design coursework.

The total cost of a foundation year will depend on the focus of the program, type of instruction and education institution. Some students choose to cut costs with online-based coursework; although, some classes may require in-class instruction.

After a foundation year in design, student will usually move on to a design degree at the same educational facility. Following completion of a design degree, graduates can find work in many niches depending on their coursework specializations and portfolio contents. Many former scholars gain employment in artist capacities at marketing or advertising agencies. Additionally, more and more students are heading into computer and app content design work.

If you are interested in a foundation year in design, many online options are available in accessible online formats. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Accademia di Belle Arti Aldo Galli - IED Network
Como, Italy

The Academic Foundation in Italian Creativity & Design is designed for international and national students that are interested to obtain a First Level Academic Diploma but ... +

The Academic Foundation in Italian Creativity & Design is designed for international and national students that are interested to obtain a First Level Academic Diploma but do not reach the minimum requirements, such as 12 years of schooling or previous knowledge about the creative and artistic sectors. The teaching methodology consists of practical, theoretical, and demonstrative lectures, visiting, and individual coaching/orientation meetings. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
9 months
English
Nov 2022
Campus
 
Italian Academy
Syracuse, Italy

International students who are interested in applying for an Arts, Fashion, Design or Architecture degree in Italy have the opportunity to build and improve their skills, crea ... +

International students who are interested in applying for an Arts, Fashion, Design or Architecture degree in Italy have the opportunity to build and improve their skills, create their personal portfolio and to learn the Italian language from beginner to advanced level. The ideal pathway to enrolment into Italian universities or fine arts and design schools. The program is fully recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education and also grants direct admission (with no entry test) to the degree programs at MADE Fine Arts and Design Academy. The Foundation Year is an internationally recognized program awarding Italian Ministry of Education academic credits and granting direct admission to the degree programs at MADE Fine Arts and Design Academy, and preparing for admission to any university and design school in Italy. -
Foundation Year Foundation Year
Full-time
6 - 9 months
English, Italian
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Arts University Bournemouth
Poole, United Kingdom

Our six-month Foundation is ideal for the students who are unable to study a one-year Foundation or those who would like to develop their portfolio and language skills before ... +

Our six-month Foundation is ideal for the students 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. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
6 months
English
17 Jan 2023
31 Dec 2022
Campus
Online
 

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CANVAS
Lausanne, Switzerland

You will explore a variety of artistic courses and dive into Fashion, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Illustration. Developed by the Canvas School of Arts, the European Foundat ... +

You will explore a variety of artistic courses and dive into Fashion, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Illustration. Developed by the Canvas School of Arts, the European Foundation Degree in Art & Design aims to let students create by having fun, travelling and learning a new language! -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English, French, German, Italian
Campus
 
Accademia Italiana
Florence, Italy

The Foundation Year in Design is a preparatory course primarily addressed to international students with a high school diploma who wish to enroll into an accredited Bachelor's ... +

The Foundation Year in Design is a preparatory course primarily addressed to international students with a high school diploma who wish to enroll into an accredited Bachelor's degree offered by Accademia Italiana but miss some requirements for direct admission. Nevertheless, Foundation Year is also a perfect choice for students looking a creative and exciting gap year in Italy, with a full immersion into the uniqueness of Italian art, design and language. This program offers a general curriculum balanced between Italian language classes and both theoretical and practical lessons on Italian style, History of Italian art (with a focus on Renaissance period) and design culture and methodology for the arts. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
9 months
English, Italian
12 Sep 2022
31 Jul 2022
Campus
 
Heriot-Watt University Dubai
Academic City, United Arab Emirates

This programme is designed to provide students with a pathway into an undergraduate degree programme in the School of Textiles and Design and the School of Energy, Geoscience, ... +

This programme is designed to provide students with a pathway into an undergraduate degree programme in the School of Textiles and Design and the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at the Dubai Campus. It is specifically designed as a foundation programme that will help students to bridge the gap between their school qualifications and the demands of a university degree. Students who complete the programme successfully will be able to progress directly into the first year of their chosen degree programme. The programme will help students to develop their subject knowledge while providing a firm foundation in IT, research and writing skills, academic English, and assessment and examination techniques. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
2 semesters
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
ICP International College Portsmouth
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

The pathway in Architecture and Design will enable you to develop practical skills as well as your creative potential.

The pathway in Architecture and Design will enable you to develop practical skills as well as your creative potential. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
2 semesters
English
Campus
 
Online College of Art & Design
Stevenage, United Kingdom

The Online Foundation Diploma in Fashion & Textiles Design is a three-stage, full-time or part-time programme designed for serious career-oriented students who wish to be ... +

The Online Foundation Diploma in Fashion & Textiles Design is a three-stage, full-time or part-time programme designed for serious career-oriented students who wish to be fashion or textile designers, footwear designers, stylists, make-up artists, fashion photographers, buyers, journalists and managers. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online
 
John Leggott College
North Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

This course is ideal for learners progressing from a Creative Arts subject a Level Three who wish to progress into a career in the Creative Arts industry or to gain a stepping ... +

This course is ideal for learners progressing from a Creative Arts subject a Level Three who wish to progress into a career in the Creative Arts industry or to gain a stepping stone to university. -
Foundation Year
English
Campus
 
London College of Contemporary Arts
London, United Kingdom

Awarded in association with the University of Creative Arts, this foundation course is designed to prepare students for undergraduate study. The Foundation in Design and Creat ... +

Awarded in association with the University of Creative Arts, this foundation course is designed to prepare students for undergraduate study. The Foundation in Design and Creative Business course is divided into three stages and is designed to equip students with key industry knowledge and creative business skills. Taught by a team of expert practitioners, this art foundation course will cover the key areas of creative business, marketing, fashion, art and design as well as having the opportunity to develop your own creative portfolio of work. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
9 months
English
Campus
Online
 
Leeds College of Art
Leeds, United Kingdom

This nationally respected intensive one year programme is designed to prepare you for the degree course of your choice: our students are very highly regarded by the most prest ... +

This nationally respected intensive one year programme is designed to prepare you for the degree course of your choice: our students are very highly regarded by the most prestigious art schools, nationally and internationally, 96% of our students go on to study at degree level and then -
Foundation Year
Full-time
Aug 2022
Campus
 
Online College of Art & Design
Stevenage, United Kingdom

The Online Foundation Diploma in Interior Design is a three-stage, full-time or part-time programme designed for serious career-oriented students who wish to enter the interio ... +

The Online Foundation Diploma in Interior Design is a three-stage, full-time or part-time programme designed for serious career-oriented students who wish to enter the interior design professions. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online
 
Online College of Art & Design
Stevenage, United Kingdom

This transformative course has a strong practical focus so if you love branding, design, typography and the dynamic ever-changing language of visual communication, you'll love ... +

This transformative course has a strong practical focus so if you love branding, design, typography and the dynamic ever-changing language of visual communication, you'll love this course. We will introduce you to the role of the professional graphic designer / Illustrator. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online