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Top 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 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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10 Results in Design Studies

Syracuse Academy

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 i ... [+]

Learn the Italian language and develop essential skills to successfully enroll in Art and Design undergraduate degrees in the best universities and design academies in Italy. Focus on your areas of interest while improving your academic skills in a supportive environment, enhance your knowledge and skills of art, design, fashion, and architecture in Italy and build your personal portfolio.

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.

The ideal preparation for your undergraduate degree in Arts and Design in Italy ... [-]
Italy Syracuse
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
9 months
Campus
Online College of Art & Design

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 ... [+]

ENROL NOW - WE CAN GET YOU INTO UNIVERSITY!

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. You will enjoy exploring a range of concepts and practices related to design, branding, advertising and applying them to real-life project briefs. You will be taught by industry experts with extensive experience and industry contacts. You will receive unlimited face-to-face, one-to-one tuition empowering you to excel and produce a superior highly original portfolio of designs that will attract the attention of top universities and employers.... [-]

United Kingdom Stevenage
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
Online
Online College of Art & Design

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 in ... [+]

ENROL NOW - WE CAN GET YOU INTO UNIVERSITY!

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. This exciting course has a strong practical focus, developing not just knowledge and understanding of interior design and design theory, but also professional design skills. Successful graduates earn a Foundation Diploma qualification that is equal to 3 A Levels and is nationally accredited by the UK's largest vocational awarding body, ABC Awards.

Equally valuable, graduates achieve a specialist portfolio that expresses their personal brand of interior design, enabling access to top universities and employment as a professional qualified interior designer.... [-]

United Kingdom Stevenage
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
Online
Online College of Art & Design

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 t ... [+]

ENROL NOW - WE CAN GET YOU INTO UNIVERSITY!

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. This exciting and transformative course gives students the skills they need, providing them with unique insights into the dynamics of this ever-evolving industry.

This stimulating course has a strong practical focus, developing not just skills, knowledge and understanding of cultures, design and design theory, but also the development of challenging ideas that provoke conventional fashion and create a dazzling and beautiful future today.... [-]

United Kingdom Stevenage
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
Online
Kensington and Chelsea College

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 De ... [+]

Course Overview

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 drawing, painting, idea development and research, but with the added benefit of being able to work in Graphics, Interior Design, Ceramics, Jewellery and Glass disciplines. You are taught by specialist tutors with industry experience. This challenging one year course will give you the knowledge, breadth, vocational skills and intensive preparation required to produce a high quality portfolio of work, with which to compete for a place on a wide variety of specialized university courses in Art & Design. The diagnostic nature of the Foundation course will help you to discover, and develop your strengths when selecting your preferred pathway of specialization. Contextual studies are integrated and you will be required to produce some written work. Study support and Level 2 English and Maths are available to study in tandem, if required. The course allows you to develop individuality, experiment with new ways of creative and visual thinking, explore the breadth of possibilities within art and design in two and three dimensions and pursue a sustained investigation into your chosen area.... [-]

United Kingdom London
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
35 weeks
Campus
Leeds College of Art

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 ... [+]

Foundation Diploma in Art & DesignThis nationally respected intensive one year programmeis designed to prepare you for the degree course of yourchoice: our students are very highly regarded by the mostprestigious art schools, nationally and internationally, 96%of our students go on to study at degree level and thenon to high-flying careers in a wide range of disciplines. Weemphasis problem solving and critical thinking; you’ll developa clear understanding of who you are as a practitioner andbe empowered to have informed opinions-and to get themheard.

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United Kingdom Leeds
August 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
ICP International College Portsmouth

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 ... [+]

Undergraduate Pathway in Architecture, Design and Fashion

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.

Pathways at the University of Portsmouth

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ICP at the University of Portsmouth

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United Kingdom Portsmouth
September 2019
Full-time
2 semesters
Campus
University of Kent - International Pathway Programmes

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 t ... [+]

International Foundation Programme (Humanities) - Credit

The Kent International Foundation Programme (IFP) is primarily designed for international students, allowing them to develop their academic knowledge and skills, and if required their English language ability, for entry to Undergraduate study at university.

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.... [-]

United Kingdom Canterbury
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Middlesex University Mauritius

Our foundation programme gives you the best possible chance of entry to a degree course at Middlesex University. We teach in small, specialised classes and provide dedica ... [+]

Our foundation programme gives you the best possible chance of entry to a degree course at Middlesex University. We teach in small, specialised classes and provide dedicated individual support to prepare you for undergraduate-level study. The course also includes an introduction to the degree courses offered at Middlesex Mauritius.

The International Foundation Programme is a one-year streamlined course based on four modules, with a focus on a core theme. The core theme is set at the start of the course and is based on a real-world scenario. Classes are taught by specialist subject lecturers from across the University.

The course will:

Develop your study skills and give you the best chance of academic success Improve your English and develop your academic language skills Familiarise you with the culture of Middlesex University and the British education system Develop your confidence and independent learning skills Give you automatic progression onto a Middlesex degree courses upon successful completion of the course. Modules ... [-]
Mauritius Vacoas-Phoenix
February 2020
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Gloucestershire

Prepare for direct entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree in a range of subjects including Advertising, Computer Games Design, Graphic Design, Landscape Architecture ... [+]

Prepare for direct entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree in a range of subjects including Advertising, Computer Games Design, Graphic Design, Landscape Architecture and Media Production at the University of Gloucestershire.

Course features Develop the knowledge and skills for your chosen degree through a specialist pathway. Guaranteed university placement for all successful students. Find out more about our money back guarantee. Benefit from smaller class sizes than at university, meaning you'll have more time with your teachers. Adapt to studying in the UK thanks to university-style teaching for subject-based modules. Guidance with your university applications, so you choose the best degree for you. Key course facts Course length: 2-4 Terms Start dates: 2018: September; 2019: January, July, September; 2020: January Fees: From £12,995 Class hours: 18 hours per week minimum Class size: 16 Class duration: English classes per week: 6 hours Subject module classes per week: 12 hours Average total per week: 18 hours ... [-]
United Kingdom Cheltenham
July 2019
Full-time
9 - 12 months
Campus