Foundation Year Programs in Design Studies

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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Syracuse Academy
Syracuse, Italy

International students interested in pursuing an Arts or Design degree in Italy are able to enhance their knowledge and skills of art, design, fashion, and architecture in Ita ... +

International students interested in pursuing an Arts or Design degree in Italy are able to enhance their knowledge and skills of art, design, fashion, and architecture in Italy, to build their personal portfolio and to learn the Italian language for admission to university or design school programs in Italy. 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
Full-time
Part-time
9 months
English, Italian
Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
CANVAS
Lausanne, Switzerland

Go abroad! Gain the unique experience of studying art! Learn, Travel, and Network! You will explore a variety of artistic courses and dive into the Fashion, Fine Arts, Graphic ... +

Go abroad! Gain the unique experience of studying art! Learn, Travel, and Network! You will explore a variety of artistic courses and dive into the Fashion, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and 3D design universe. Developed by the Canvas School of Arts, the European Foundation Degree in Arts and Design program is directed towards a "Creating as enjoying" approach. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English, French, German, Italian
Jun 2020
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. From architecture to graphic design, these degrees will ... +

The pathway in Architecture and Design will enable you to develop practical skills as well as your creative potential. From architecture to graphic design, these degrees will give you the confidence to create the places and spaces of the future whilst developing your creative potential. You will also have the opportunity to work on real-life projects, undertake commissions, enter your work into competitions, and take part in festivals and exhibitions in the UK and internationally. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
2 semesters
English
Jan 2020
Campus
 
University of Kent - International Pathway Programmes
Canterbury, United Kingdom

This pathway sets you on the road to a number of exciting degrees in the Humanities (Humanities Studies). Upon completion of this foundation programme you can progress to degr ... +

This pathway sets you on the road to a number of exciting degrees in the Humanities (Humanities Studies). Upon completion of this foundation programme you can progress to degree options within the Kent School of Architecture (Architecture Studies and Design Studies), the School of Art (Performing Arts), School of Engineering and Digital Arts, the School of English, the School of of European Cultures and Languages, and the School of History. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
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
 
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 2020
Campus
 
Kensington and Chelsea College
London, United Kingdom

Are you thinking of doing a Foundation course and would like the opportunity to try out specialist Design subject areas? At the Kensington Centre we offer a specialist Design ... +

Are you thinking of doing a Foundation course and would like the opportunity to try out specialist Design subject areas? At the Kensington Centre we offer a specialist Design pathway which includes all the general art and design studies such as -
Foundation Year
Full-time
Part-time
35 weeks
English
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