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International Foundation Programme Art Media and Design - Prep Diploma

Why study this course?

This course will give you the chance to spend a year preparing for a university degree course at London Met. You'll develop your subject knowledge, English language skills and the study skills you'll need to progress to a degree course.

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The International Foundation Programme Art Media and Design course is a one-year programme designed to prepare EU and overseas students for an undergraduate degree at London Met.

You’ll be introduced to key concepts in art media and design design, develop key study and English language skills, and gain an orientation to higher education in the UK.

It will also introduce you to academic study in the UK and, if necessary, help you to reach a level equivalent to at least 5.5 IELTS in English. You'll be registered as a London Metropolitan University student, and successful students are guaranteed a place on a suitable degree course at London Met.

For more information about becoming an international student at London Met please see the international section of our website.

Please note that there is no UK public (or Student Finance England) funding available for this course.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through examinations, essays, practical reports and presentations.

You will need:

  • good results in 12 years of education, and to have completed High School or similar in your own country

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning
    • all year (January start) - Thursday morning

    The projects in this module will vary considerably in aim, structure and duration, with student responsibility for definition, implementation and development increasing as the course proceeds. Projects require substantial participation from students. They are inherently student centred with course demands satisfied by independent inquiry and discovery. Projects are the ideas and the framework that allows for original thinking and the developmental and conceptual aspects of the work and balance the practical skills dimension built up in the Techniques module. They enhance a sense of organisation and effective time management and encourage critical reflection and self-evaluation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module underpins the skills-based and technical aspects of the work and how media/ materials have been used to resolve ideas. It concerns the quality of making and considerations of care, appropriateness and endeavour. Students will be encouraged to recognise the intrinsic formal and structural qualities of different media as essential elements in visual/ aural communication. The module involves a series of learning experiences introducing and developing many of the key skills and techniques needed for the subject areas.

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  • This module focuses on helping students to raise their level of English across the four main skills areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening in preparation for entry to a range of undergraduate degrees

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Tuesday afternoon

    The Workbook is a visual journal that gives the student the opportunity to begin to find and develop an independent voice in their practice as they progress through the course. It is to be used to integrate project related and independent work, to test methods, materials, processes and ideas and to record students own critical reflections and evaluations as they begin to look out into the arena in which they live and work. It is a multifunctional space to be exploited on a regular basis and can include and combine, as appropriate, drawing, painting, photography, collage, transcriptions, recordings, notations and commentary

    This module is concerned with the formation of a coherent and productive research and development strategy. It will begin to locate emerging practice in subject areas into contemporary frameworks. As such it has an essential relationship with work produced in other core modules. Assignments and field trips will open up London as a source of limitless research potential and creativity. Emphasis will be placed upon student’s initiative, organisation, sense of perseverance and insights.

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The course will enable you to improve your English and gain the skills you need for degree-level study.

You can choose from one of the following subject pathways:

  • Architecture and Interior Design
  • Art, Media and Design
  • Sciences
  • Business Studies
  • Computing, Technology and Mathematics
  • Humanities & Social Science
  • Law

You will study a combination of modules from your subject pathway giving you an introduction to your subject area. You will also improve your learning and research skills, and take English modules, should you need to improve your language skills.

Foundation English: teaches you the written and spoken English language you need for study at University in the United Kingdom.

Foundation Studies: covers all the skills you need for higher education study – finding information, reading, & writing essays.

You also study modules specific to your pathway, giving you an introduction to your subject area.

"It's a great foundation programme which gives you a great deal of idea of what university work is like."

If you pass the International Foundation Programme (IFP) you'll be automatically offered a place on an art media or design-related undergraduate degree.

You can study the IFP from September to June or from January to July. You can then join your chosen bachelors degree in the following September.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

You should submit a sample of creative work in a digital format (PDF files) with your application. This should be 15 to 20 pieces of artistic work and could include images showing pages from a sketchbook, graphic work or photography, freehand drawings, paintings or sculpture. Any type of artistic work can be included and we advise you to submit a variety of media.

When to apply

We accept applications for all courses starting in September one year before the start of the course. You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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