International Foundation in Art, Design and Media

Your first step to studying a degree in areas such as media, advertising, computer games design, graphic design, landscape architecture, popular music and more.

Why apply?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • a quality-assured university programme
  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities
  • university-style teaching with high contact hours

There are two course options available:

  • International Foundation (3 terms) – this is the standard option
  • Extended International Foundation (4 terms) – this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support

What's special about this course?

The International Foundation in Art, Media and Design combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree in the UK.

As well as a conditional offer from the University of Gloucestershire for successful students and full access to all the university facilities you'll benefit from:

  • full university status
  • multiple start dates
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • the highest levels of personal care and support
  • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree at the University of Gloucestershire

Teaching methods

During your programme you will learn to experiment with different materials and media, as well as develop your presentation and organisational skills. Classes are small, helping you build confidence and develop teamwork skills. They also include interaction with staff and undergraduate students to give you insight into university-style teaching. Our staff are focused on helping you select and progress to your chosen degree subject. You will have access to the Media Centre, art, design and fashion studios and the Centre for Art and Photography when you progress to your degree.

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

If you have completed secondary school education in your home country, the International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme. In some circumstances you may be able to enrol on the Foundation programme in order to change your specialist subject.

What will I study?

All students complete a common core set of modules, plus specialist modules for your progression pathway.

Core modules:

English Language for Foundation Study (45 credits)

You will develop your overall English language level, including your grammar and vocabulary, as well as your specific skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking, which will prepare you for further academic study.

Academic Skills for Foundation Study (15 credits)

Through this module you will be supported in applying academic skills in the context of your chosen subject area. You will learn how to interpret and analyse a range of subject-related information, structure and plan academic work, find and use relevant resources, and communicate effectively using appropriate academic conventions.


Specialist modules:

Art, Design and Media Practice (15 credits)

Develop the skills you need to observe and visually record information using a range of media and presentation methods. Learn how to apply a creative and conceptual thinking style to deliverindustry-style briefs through visual media. This module also includes contextual analysis of the ideas and motivation of contemporary and gistoric designers, artists and media practitioners.

Concepts in Art, Design and Media (15 credits)

This module will develop your understanding and knowledge of some of the main concepts used in art, design and media, and how they are able to communicate ideas and emotions through a variety of mass media. Emphasis will be placed upon understanding how such concepts have been applied in practical contexts. You will have the opportunity to focus on an area of study that you wish to specialise in.

Final Major Project for Art, Design and Media (15 credits)

This module provides you with the opportunity to create a practical portfolio to demonstrate your ability using a range of media, art and design skills, which will form part of your assessment for entry to your chosen degree. Students will take part in a series of lectures, workshops and seminars to prepare for the assignment, which brings together the theoretical, technical and production skills developed throughout the course.

Creative Skills (15 credits)

This module will provide an introduction to industry standard software tools and programmes. A series of inductions and workshops will equip you with the necessary relevant skills, and will gain knowledge of professional terminology and methodology.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is both formal and informal. Informally you will receive advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed through a combination of examinations at the end of each term, and coursework, which may include written assignments, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.

How is the programme validated?

It is validated and quality assured by the University of Gloucestershire. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme leads to the award of Certificate in Foundation Studies (National Qualification Framework Level 3), which is welcomed as an entry qualification both at the University of Gloucestershire and many other UK universities.

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements: You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us
English requirements:

4 term programme: IELTS 4.0 (with a minimum of 4.0 in writing) or equivalent

3 term programme: IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.0 in writing) or equivalent

If you are applying for a Student Tier 4 visa you must have an IELTS for UKVI to apply for your visa. If you have any questions about this test, our experienced team will be happy to help you. Email your questions to: [email protected]

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you can apply for our Academic English course.


16 years and above

Note: All students commencing courses for the September start date must be 16 years old by 1 September of that calendar year. For all other Foundation intakes after 1 September, including the Extended Foundation, students must be 16 by 1 September of that academic year. So, for example, students starting in January 2017 or after must be 16 by 1 September 2016. Students will then have turned 17 before 1 September of the year they progress to university.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees

June 2017 start
(4 term)

Term 1: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 25 Aug 2017

Term 2: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 08 Mar 2018

Term 4: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018


September 2017 start
(4 term)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 16 Mar 2018

Term 3: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 4: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018


September 2017 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 16 Mar 2018

Term 3: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018


January 2018 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 16 Mar 2018

Term 2: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018



Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • textbooks: available from the Centre for an additional charge in the region of £210 per academic course (3 term) or £290 per academic course (4 term)
  • an additional £400 per year to cover the use of studio facilities

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

What's the difference between the 3 and 4 term course?

Lasting four terms, the Extended International Foundation course has an additional term of intensive English at the beginning and will typically have a lower English language entry requirement.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post.

Where will this programme take me?

Our progression guarantee

We guarantee to find you a place to study on an appropriate degree and university if you successfully complete your International Foundation programme, follow professional advice offered by INTO staff and meet minimum attendance requirements.

As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of university progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:

  • successfully completing an interview;
  • having previously studied a relevant discipline;
  • having previously completed a degree; or
  • having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language.
Top 25 in the UK for media and film studies and 17th in the UK for film production and photography
(Guardian Good University Guide 2017)

This course leads to an undergraduate degree at the University of Gloucestershire in:

The above degrees are three year programmes.

General, UK and China enquiries: +44 (0)1273 876 040 [email protected]
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