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Design Foundation Year

Solent University
4 years
Full time
Foundation / Pathway program
Scholarships available
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Program description

Design Foundation Year

Got a passion for creative design? Not quite ready to undertake a full honours degree? Solent University’s Design Foundation Programme is perfectly suited to students who may not be from an art- design- or fashion-related background or whose qualifications do not meet the admissions requirements of their chosen course.

To help get you up to speed, this one-year foundation course provides all the creative, technical and study skills needed for entry onto a degree-level art, design or fashion course. Upon completion, you will be able to progress onto a range of art-, design- and fashion- related courses here at Solent.

Admission requirements

Our design foundation programme is ideal for students who aren’t quite ready to undertake a full undergraduate degree, either because they aren’t from an art- design- or fashion-related background, or they don’t quite meet the entry requirements.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Architecture and construction degrees:

  • Group Design Project
  • Industry Awareness
  • Design Visualisation
  • Industry Skills
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Degree-related Project

Fashion degrees:

  • Creative Applications
  • Industry Awareness
  • Materials and Methods
  • Research and Ideas Development
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Degree-related project

Art and design degrees:

  • Creative Applications
  • Evaluation and Reflection
  • Materials and Methods
  • Research and Ideas Development
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Degree-related project

Scholarships & funding

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria.

For more information about scholarship options, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

  • UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
  • International full-time fees: £12 00 per year

Continuing studies

You will go on to study one of the following:

Architecture and construction degrees:

  • BA (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology
  • BSc (Hons) Construction Management
  • BA (Hons) Interior Design
  • BA (Hons) Interior Design Decoration

Fashion degrees:

  • BA (Hons) Beauty Promotion
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Management with Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Media
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Photography
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Styling and Creative Direction
  • BA (Hons) Fashion

Art and design degrees:

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • BA (Hons) Illustration
  • BA (Hons) Photography
  • BA (Hons) Prosthetics and Special Effects Design
  • BA (Hons) Make Up and Hair Design

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Solent University

Solent University is all about creating opportunities: for its students, for its staff, for its partners. It offers expertise and experiences you couldn’t get anywhere else, opening doors and making introductions. We’re focused on the practical side of higher education...

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Why study at Solent University

Everything we do at Solent is focused on you – your learning, your life, your career. We offer all of the skills, knowledge, and practical experience you’ll need – all the things employers are looking for. So, when you graduate, you’ll already feel like a professional.

  • Solent’s top areas of research and expertise are the creative and cultural industries, maritime and the environment, and sport, health and wellbeing.
  • Gain work experience with our in-house innovative student enterprises in retail, design and web, TV, music and radio production and event management.
  • Our lively student community is home to over 100 different nationalities – giving our campus and our classrooms a diverse, multicultural feel.

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Solent University

Solent University
E Park Terrace
SO14 0YN Southhampton
United Kingdom

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