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.
The International Foundation Programme Architecture and Interior 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 architecture and interior 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.
You'll be assessed through examinations, essays, practical reports and presentations.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 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:
- to develop the students competence and confidence in the use of the four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening
- to enable students to communicate effectively with their peers and fellow and teachers
- to accustomise students with the conventions and the practices of academic English
- to develop students’ vocabulary, grammar and academic English in relation to their chosen subject pathways
A project develops ideas through conceptual and material processes towards outcomes that can be evaluated in relation to the initial idea; and other related contexts that may arise during the time-frame of the project. The Project module is an introduction to the project as a key feature of creative practice.
The projects in the Project module vary considerably in aim, structure and duration to reflect their application in a wide range of creative practices. The definition, implementation, development and outcome of the projects is transferred from tutor to student as the course proceeds. The projects are inherently student-centred with course demands satisfied by developing the student’s independent inquiry, discovery and production.
Each project requires direct engagement, participation and responsibility in relation to ideas, productivity and the reflection on and evaluation of creative work.
Practical elements of project-work are built-up by a close relation with the Techniques module. Critical reflection and self-evaluation encourage the development of self-organisation and effective time-management.
The Project module provides a broad, varied, stimulating and diagnostic experience of a range of creative practices that allows for self- assessment of individual interests and aptitudes towards developing a creative practice in relation to making an informed choice of a progression pathway ahead.
It enables the development of a productive, disciplined and critical approach to visual and practical enquiry; and to individual independent thinking, making and communicating. It develops the individual’s portfolio of work in a distinctive and ambitious way as evidence of a personal creative practice in the context of a specific subject area. Assignments and study trips will open up London as a source of limitless research potential and creativity.
The Techniques module delivers the skills-based, technical aspects of creative practices in relation having, developing and resolving ideas through processes towards media/material outcomes. It concerns the quality of making, considerations of care, appropriateness and endeavour. It encourages recognition of the intrinsic formal and structural qualities of different media as essential elements in visual/aural communication. The module involves a series of learning experiences that introduce and develop many of the key skills and techniques needed for a range of making practices across various subject areas; the outcomes are in the context of and further developed in close relation with the Project module.
The Techniques module introduces a wide range of materials, methods, techniques and processes to make work in a broad sense. It is closely aligned with the Project module to develop understanding of the limitations and potential of selected media, materials and techniques in the development project work. Responsible attitudes aligned to ethical and professional contexts are applied and considered in relation to imaginative experimentation and exploitation for innovation.
The Techniques module links the analysis and evaluation of technical quantitative properties with qualitative aesthetic discernment and judgment and introduces a common vocabulary, technical/professional language, core skills and reference models. It introduces safe and appropriate studio/workshop/site practice.
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.
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:
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.
"I really enjoyed the programme, and I believe it helped me a lot to settle in and learn the language. The teachers during the programme were are all great and they do a very good job!"
"The IFP has taught me to think differently about the world and that there is potential in absolutely anything, any object, any topic and any issue, it just depends how you see it, from which angle you view something. The course has taught me to think out of the box, and that from one small idea, you can build, expand and let it grow into something much bigger, something inspiring… it has opened my mind to whole different dimension!
If you pass the International Foundation Programme (IFP) you'll be automatically offered a place on an architecture or interior 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.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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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You should submit a sample of creative work in a digital format (PDF files) with your application. This should be 5 to 10 pieces of artistic work and could include pages from a sketchbook, graphic work or photography, freehand drawings or architectural drawings. Any type of artistic work can be included and we advise you to submit a variety of media.
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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