Preparatory Year Programs in Design Studies

Those who are unsure about gaining more education past high school may want to consider enrolling in a preparatory year. This type of program can help to individuals to know if they are truly ready to commit to college level course. A typical preparatory year course lasts for two semesters. Some may ask, what is a preparatory year in design studies? This course of education may be just the thing f… Read more

Those who are unsure about gaining more education past high school may want to consider enrolling in a preparatory year. This type of program can help to individuals to know if they are truly ready to commit to college level course. A typical preparatory year course lasts for two semesters.

Some may ask, what is a preparatory year in design studies? This course of education may be just the thing for individuals who would like to learn more about color theory, drawing, illustration, visual identity, and design strategies. Many enroll in this type of program so that they will be more ready for entry into an undergraduate degree program in design.

There are a number of benefits for those who complete a preparatory year in design. Enhanced critical thinking skills and the ability to participate in critical thinking exercises may leave students more fully equipped for the opportunities of higher education. Creative skills gained during this preparatory year often add to a student’s ability to complete projects in a wide variety of ways. 

Depending on the type of college, university or school that is hosting the preparatory year, the tuition may vary widely. Other items that may factor into tuition costs include the course type, and length of the course. Some educations of higher education offer financial aid packages as well, which must be factored in to the tuition costs.

Students who complete a preparatory year in design may obtain positions such as graphic designer, industrial designer, interior designer or fashion designer. This type of course could also allow students to pursue a career as an art or teacher. For some, the knowledge gained upon completion of this course may help determine what part of design they will focus on for a career.

To pare down your design interests, a preparatory program may be just the right option.  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
 
CSVPA
Cambridge, United Kingdom

If you are an international student who has completed an Art & Design degree outside of the UK and are looking to come to the UK to study a Master’s in the same or related ... +

If you are an international student who has completed an Art & Design degree outside of the UK and are looking to come to the UK to study a Master’s in the same or related art and design discipline, the Pre-Master’s programme will prepare you for this transition. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
English
Jan 2020
Campus
 
L’École De Design Nantes Atlantique
Nantes, France

The Arts, Design, and Media foundations studies is specifically tailored for French-­speaking international students who wish to pursue their undergraduate studies in a French ... +

The Arts, Design, and Media foundations studies is specifically tailored for French-­speaking international students who wish to pursue their undergraduate studies in a French-­speaking program. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
French
Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
École Intuit.Lab
Paris, France +1 More

The preparatory class year is the founder of the creative process of the student for all his future professional life. By approaching all the plastic apprenticeships - drawing ... +

The preparatory class year is the founder of the creative process of the student for all his future professional life. By approaching all the plastic apprenticeships - drawing, colors, volume, space - she opens to the technical knowledge of the first arts and to the discovery of the world of design. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
9 months
French
Sep 2020
01 Oct 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
 
City and Islington College
London, United Kingdom

The College boasts an outstanding record of achievement for A Level students. In 2013, the overall pass rate was an impressive 98% from 1,622 entries – and students achieved a ... +

The College boasts an outstanding record of achievement for A Level students. In 2013, the overall pass rate was an impressive 98% from 1,622 entries – and students achieved a 100% pass rate in 22 subjects. Our dedicated staff and exceptional partnerships with universities have helped... -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
ITECOM Art Design Paris
Paris, France

The student will acquire the essential basics of culture and the arts to best prepare for one of our specializations and especially to refine its final decision on his future ... +

The student will acquire the essential basics of culture and the arts to best prepare for one of our specializations and especially to refine its final decision on his future profession. The will of our faculty is to train you to develop your sensitivity and creativity in different artistic practices. At the end of this year, the student will be able to better determine their choice of orientation and specialization for the following year. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
French
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