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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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Syracuse 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
Part-time
7 - 10 months
English, Italian
Jan 2021
30 Dec 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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
Campus
 
University for the Creative Arts
Farnham , United Kingdom

Dedicated to preparing international students for an undergraduate degree in the UK, this course celebrates the culture of each student whilst providing vital insight into Hig ... +

Dedicated to preparing international students for an undergraduate degree in the UK, this course celebrates the culture of each student whilst providing vital insight into Higher Education in the UK. You will emerge from the course with the confidence and practical skills to study a creative subject at a more advanced level. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
9 months
English
Campus
 

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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 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. The students will learn the basics of Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign, the main concepts about the history and the expressive languages of arts, design, fashion, and visual arts. Eventually, they will study the Italian language to reach the B1 level. Completing the course guarantees access to the first year of the Undergraduate courses of the Accademia Aldo Galli and of the IED Italia network. For the five years course in Restoration, an admission test is required. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
9 months
English
Nov 2020
Campus
 
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
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
 
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
 

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