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. The course begins with a five-week group project. This enables students to mix with like-minded peers and helps them to settle in quickly. This project also helps students to decide which area they might like to follow at a later stage. The following ten weeks are spent introducing students to the world of art, design and fashion. This includes design history, vocabulary, methods and academic foundation. This ten-week block will also give students the opportunity to learn and apply two-dimensional and three-dimensional visualisation techniques, giving them the tools required to conduct their final project. This final project takes place in the last fifteen weeks of the course and is based around the specific discipline that the student will go on to study. The project will be supported by tuition in visual presentation techniques, enabling students to communicate their concepts, development processes and final proposals. Students will also receive instruction in verbal communication and presentation techniques, increasing their confidence in pitching design ideas. Students can develop an understanding of the ethos and expectations associated with degree-level study, enabling them to more easily make the transition to higher education. What does this course lead to? You will go on to study the BA (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology degree. Who is this course for? 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.
FOUNDATION MODULES: Group Design Project Industry Awareness Design Visualisation Industry Skills Personal Development Planning Degree-related Project Successful completion of the foundation year means you will automatically progress onto the 3 year BA (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology course where you will study the following modules: "YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Architectural Design Development Construction Technology Architectural Communication Architectural Design Realisation Building Law Management Science of Materials YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Architectural Design Technical Design Sustainable Refurbishment Advanced Construction Technology Building Information Modelling Procurement and Project Management YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Sustainable Architectural Design Sustainable Technical Design Contracts Administration and Specifications Professional Practice YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (Please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each year) Final Major Project Research Dissertation"
To accommodate individual differences in both learning styles and communication skills, the foundation course will apply a programme of summative assessment methods. This programme will include portfolios, reports, verbal presentations and reflective statements. Each module will employ a mix of methods appropriate for that module. For example, the module ‘Personal Development Planning’ will be assessed by reflective statement and an accompanying portfolio.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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For information about applying to Solent as an International applicant, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/entry-requirements/help-for-international-students
IELTS a minimum score of 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component. TOEFL (IBT) a minimum score of 71 overall with a minimum of 19 in each component.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||5.5||with a minimum 5.0 in each individual component. This must be a Secure English Language Test (SELT)|
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£12400||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/finance/grants-bursaries-scholarships/bursaries
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