Solent University (Southampton)

Interior Design Decoration with Design Foundation Year Solent University (Southampton) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Solent University

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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.

Course details

Modules

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


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code IDD3
Institution code S30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

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.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points From A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.
A level DD From a minimum of two A levels
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh) D
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh) PPP
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh) MM
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh) MP
AS In combination with other qualifications
Extended Project In combination with other qualifications.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate In combination with other qualifications.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma MP
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma PPP
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma MM
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma D
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma MM
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) MM
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) MP
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) PPP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) M
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) D
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) A

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.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,875 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2019/20 costs were: Compulsory costs: Portfolios, A4 ringbinders, and basic drawing materials will be required, approximately £150.

Sponsorship information

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. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Provider information

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Solent University (Southampton)
East Park Terrace
Southampton
SO14 0YN


Course contact details

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Main Contact - Admissions and Enrolment Team

+44 (0) 23 8201 5066


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