Foundation Certificate for Arts, Design and Media

This foundation course gives you the subject knowledge, academic and creative skills, and English language ability needed for a UK bachelor’s degree at the University’s Faculty of Arts.

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The Foundation Certificate for Arts, Design and Media course comprises of:

  • 100% studio-based teaching
  • Course options for students who have (2-term) and do not have (3-term) an art and design background
  • No portfolio required for the 3-term course
  • A 4-week extended project at the end of the course, finishing in an exhibition open to the public

If you complete the course to the required level you will be guaranteed to progress to a related undergraduate degree at the University’s Faculty of Arts.

A dedicated studio space for international students

The University’s Faculty of Arts is based at the Grand Parade Campus, close to Brighton’s seafront, and nurtures excellence in the visual and performing arts, architecture, design, art and design history, media studies, moving image and film studies, literature, languages and humanities.

The faculty has an on-site gallery and theatre, hosting events of international standing. It offers a world-leading research environment alongside one of the UK’s best art and design libraries.

The University of Brighton is ranked in the top 20 in the UK for undergraduate Art and Design degrees. The Times Good University Guide 2015.

Arts and design modules

Introduction to Art and Design

You will develop your understanding of Art and Design principles, increase your knowledge of its methods and approaches, and develop research and recording skills.

Art and Design Structured Projects

You will undertake two projects in an area of Art or Design which interests you. Tutors will support you in the planning and executing of the project.

Art and Design Specialism Projects

You will prepare your own creative project brief in a specific area of Art or Design. You will then plan and execute the project, with a view to displaying the final product in an exhibition at the end of the year.

Historical, Cultural and Contemporary Practice

You will study the historical and cultural background of Art and Design in the UK, and develop a good understanding of contemporary practice.

Project Extension

You will use specialist facilities at the University’s Faculty of Art to extend your creative project proposal and design. The Project Extension enables students to experience other creative processes by expanding their range of studio / workshop skills and knowledge.

The modules above apply to students on a two-term foundation course. Students who choose a longer course will study additional English language modules.

Core language and academic modules

Language for Study 2 & 3

These modules will develop your reading, writing and listening skills so you can analyse written and oral information, understand complex lines of argument and clearly present your own opinions.

Skills for Study 1, 2 & 3

These modules will encourage you to communicate confidently and develop your critical thinking. You will develop complex research and analytical skills, and learn how to avoid plagiarism, as well as note taking, essay-writing and oral presentations.

Extra core module for three-term (language) programme

Language for Study 1

You will improve your vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation through a variety of fun and interactive teaching methods.

Start date

We have various start dates throughout the year. See our term dates page or your specific course term dates for details.

Course length

Course length varies from 2 – 4 terms.

Academic entry requirements

Successful completion of minimum of 12 years of education in your home country. For some countries completion of 11 years of education may be considered.

Foundation Certificate for Arts, Design and Media – Summer 2016

English language level*
Enrolment start date Course length
4.5 with no less than 4.0 in any skill 11 July 2016 3.5 terms
4.0 with no less than 4.0 in any skill 31 May 2016 4 terms

You will need to show proof of your English language ability by taking an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam.

Language support

UK universities demand a very high level of English from all international students. Our university preparation courses are integrated with academic and language support to help you improve your English language skills and progress to university successfully.

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