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International Foundation Programme – Art, Design and Media Northumbria University Pathway




Course info



This programme is ideal if your qualifications and English language skills fall below the entry requirements for your chosen undergraduate programme in an Art, Design or Media subject. The course lasts for 2 semesters and offers you the opportunity to develop your English language and study skills, combined with the study of subject-specific modules.

The first semester focuses on the key skills across all areas of Art, Design and Media whilst the second semester is when you specialise in your target area e.g. fashion, fine art, textiles, animation or design. In addition to the specialism modules, the programme provides a solid foundation in the core knowledge and skills that the University recognises and will help you to succeed in your future studies.

The programme is multidisciplinary and upon successful completion you will be guaranteed a place on one of our undergraduate degrees in an Art, Design or Media subject area.

Key facts

  • Progress on to an undergraduate degree in Art, Design or Multimedia
  • Ideal for students who do not meet the entry requirements for their undergraduate degree of choice
  • Upon successfully completing this course, we will offer you guaranteed progression on to an undergraduate degree at Northumbria University
  • Complete a portfolio on a subject of your choice. Guided by your experience on the course, this is your chance to show your skills and abilities and take a big step toward your chosen undergraduate degree
  • Develop your awareness of academic culture in the UK as you integrate into student life within a UK university
  • Other pathways are available for progression on to undergraduate degrees in Business; Engineering; and Computing, English Language, Law, Media Production, Psychology and Sport subjects

What will I study

The programme specifically develops your awareness of academic culture in the UK as well as intercultural issues to enable you to integrate well into student life within a UK university. You will be encouraged to participate fully in lectures, seminars and project work as you develop your independence. The intercultural skills that you learn will also be an important employment tool that will be useful for you in the future.

Which courses can I go on to study

Upon successful completion and subject to specific entry requirements, you can go on to study a range of Art, Design and Media undergraduate degrees at Northumbria University.

  • 3D Design BA (Hons)
  • Animation BA (Hons)
  • Fashion BA (Hons)
  • Film and Television Production BA (Hons)
  • Interactive Media Design BA (Hons)
  • Interior Design BA (Hons)

Upon successfully passing your programme you will receive a Foundation Diploma in International English for Academic Communication which some other universities may also accept as an entry qualification.


All modules are core.

  • Global Studies and Language (20 credits)
  • Reading and Critical Analysis (20 credits)
  • Intercultural Communication (20 credits)
  • Essay and Report Writing (20 credits)
  • Foundation Introduction to Art, Design and Media (20 credits)
  • Foundation Art, Design and Media: Portfolio Learning Contract (20 credits)

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study International Foundation Programme – Art, Design and Media.

Full Time (6 months)

Tuition fees

£15000 for 6 months. The tuition fees do not include the cost of course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing and photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities. As a Northumbria University Pathway student, you will have full access to our online digital library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

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Northumbria University Pathway

Newcastle City Campus,

2 Ellison Pl,

Newcastle Upon Tyne,


NE1 8ST, England

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants should have the following: Academic requirements GCSE/iGCSE – 5 passes at A-C English language requirements : Applicants require IELTS 5.0 with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre