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COURSE OVERVIEW

Want to explore the underlying principles and skills in media, art, and design?

Studied at High School level overseas and ready to take the next step towards your creative industries career?

The International Foundation Programme at Solent University has been designed for students who have already completed their High School education overseas meet the demands of undergraduate study in the UK. As such, substantial support is given for language development as well as building your confidence and independence to learn effectively within this academic culture.

The Creative Industries Pathway introduces you to the key principles and skills in media, art, and design. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge in an area of which you have a particular interest within the Creative Industries. The aim is to develop your creative capacity and to develop your confidence and skills so that you are able to communicate your ideas effectively. The course involves a Creative Project which allows you to build upon your ideas, well-preparing you to progress on to creative industries or media-related programme at undergraduate level.

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Key facts
  • Level: Foundation – NQF Level 3
  • Entry requirements: 12 or 13 years of schooling dependant on the education system in your country
  • Tuition Fees 2020/21: 2 term programme: £10,500, 3 term programme: £13,000
  • Contact hours per week: Up to 20
  • Duration: 2 term or 3 term
  • Assessment methods: Coursework, exams and portfolios
  • Scholarship or bursaries: Available
  • Payment Plan: Available
  • Minimum age: 16 years old – you must turn 18 within the first 6 months of your programme
  • Maximum class size: 30
  • Average class size: 16 – 18
  • Starts: October (3 and 2-term) and January (2-term only)
  • Next application deadline: TBC

 

Key dates

October (3 and 2 term) and January (2-term only)

  • Key facts
  • Key dates
  • Level: Foundation – NQF Level 3
  • Entry requirements: 12 or 13 years of schooling dependant on the education system in your country
  • Tuition Fees 2020/21: 2 term programme: £10,500, 3 term programme: £13,000
  • Contact hours per week: Up to 20
  • Duration: 2 term or 3 term
  • Assessment methods: Coursework, exams and portfolios
  • Scholarship or bursaries: Available
  • Payment Plan: Available
  • Minimum age: 16 years old – you must turn 18 within the first 6 months of your programme
  • Maximum class size: 30
  • Average class size: 16 – 18
  • Starts: October (3 and 2-term) and January (2-term only)
  • Next application deadline: TBC

 

October (3 and 2 term) and January (2-term only)

About The Course

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

With substantial English language development support, this International Foundation Programme will enhance your confidence and independence, alongside building your study skills, fully preparing you for UK academic culture.

The Creative Industries Pathway will introduce you to the underpinning principles and skills in media, art and design. You will have the opportunity to develop the appropriate knowledge and creative capacity so that you are confident in communicating your ideas.

Depending on your target degree, you will study either an arts-focussed or digital media focussed module.*

You will also take part in the Creative Project which will teach you to develop your ideas through the initial research stage through to the final piece of completed work, preparing you for studying creative industries or media-related topics at an undergraduate level.

These programmes are delivered as part of a partnership between Solent University and QA Higher Education. The programmes are validated by the University and delivered by QA Higher Education staff.

*Please note if you intend to study a digital focussed degree at Solent you will need to be on a 4-year CAS to study the Introduction to Media module. All students on a 1-year CAS will study the Foundations for the Creative Industries module, regardless of target degree.

OVERVIEW

  • Level: Foundation – NQF Level 3
  • Entry requirements: 12 or 13 years of schooling dependant on the education system in your country
  • Tuition Fees 2020/21: 2 term programme: £10,500. 3 term programme: £13,000
  • Contact hours per week: Up to 20
  • Duration: 2 term or 3 term
  • Assessment methods: Coursework, exams and portfolios
  • Scholarship or bursaries: Available
  • Payment Plan: Available
  • Minimum age: 16 years old – you must turn 18 within the first 6 months of your programme
  • Maximum class size: 30
  • Average class size: 16 – 18
  • Starts: October (3 and 2 term) and January (2-term only)
  • Next application deadline: TBC

 

2 TERM PROGRAMME

Tuition fee 2020/21: £10,500

English language requirements: IELTS minimum 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in each individual component from a UKVI Approved Centre

Starts: October and January

Next application deadline: TBC

 

3 TERM PROGRAMME

Tuition fee 2020/21: £13,000

English language requirements: IELTS minimum 4.5 overall with a minimum of 4.0 in each individual component from a UKVI Approved Centre

Starts: October

Next application deadline: TBC

All of our pathway programmes are fully embedded so you will be studying your course on-campus in Southampton, with access to all of the university facilities that you can expect for your undergraduate studies at Solent.

Throughout your studies, you will be taught by experienced lecturers and academics who use their experience to develop your English and academic skills in preparation for progression on to your chosen undergraduate course.

Course contact time: Up to 20 hours / week

Additional study time: 15 hours / week for self-study and individual learning

You will be taught through a mix of teaching methods which may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops/labs. You will also have access to suitably equipped laboratories where appropriate, and Solent Online Learning, an online resource for teaching materials.

Assessment for this programme is through a mix of coursework, exams and portfolios.

These programmes are delivered as part of a partnership between Solent University and QA Higher Education. The programmes are validated by the University and delivered by QA Higher Education staff.

TERM ZERO

For those who study the 3 term variant of this programme, you will start in Term Zero which is designed to support those who hold IELTS 4.5 at the start of the programme.

This additional term aims to ensure that you are able to achieve an English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.0 at the start of Term 1. Term Zero involves a 12-week term comprising of 20 hours per week of English. Modules are built around the key linguistic elements that students are required to develop. You will be required to pass each module before progressing on to Term 1 and 2 of the programme.

To progress on to your chosen undergraduate programme at Solent University, you will need to achieve at least 40% in every module in your International Foundation Programme – Creative Industries Pathway.

Subject to meeting the above, you will be able to progress on to the following programmes from the International Foundation Programme – Creative Industries Pathway:

*Audition required for International Foundation Programme admission
**Portfolio required for International Foundation Programme admission

To study the International Foundation Programme – Creative Industries Pathway you will need to meet the following entry requirements.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • 12 or 13 years of schooling dependent on the education system in your country.

COUNTRY SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To find out more information on the specific entry requirements for your country please click below

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

  • 2 term programme: IELTS minimum 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in each individual component from a UKVI Approved Centre
  • 3 term programme: IELTS minimum 4.5 overall with a minimum of 4.0 in each individual component from a UKVI Approved Centre

AGE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum age: 16 years old – you must turn 18 within the first 6 months of your programme

If you are studying the 2 Term programme, you will study Terms One and Two. If you are studying the 3 Term programme, you will study all Terms detailed below.

TERM ZERO

All modules are 0 credits

In addition to developing your overall reading level, this module introduces you to how to read academic texts.  In doing so it helps you to develop confidence and familiarity with the type of academic sources you will be required to engage with during term 1 and term 2 of the programme.  This skill development will also assist you to broaden your general and academic vocabulary.

Being able to listen effectively in lectures and seminars, both to lecturers and fellow students, is a key part of the learning process during an undergraduate programme and proficiency is essential if you are to engage fully with the learning opportunities open to you.  This module is designed to develop your listening skills, together with your ability to speak fluently and clearly in both general and academic contexts.

From effective note taking to production of assignments, the ability to write in English is a core skill.  This module seeks to develop your ability to structure sentences and paragraphs as well as generally developing the sophistication of your written use of language.  These skills are developed in the context of specific practical tasks to help you become accustomed to answering academic style questions with coherent and well-structured text.

This module differs from the others taught in term zero as it does not have a specific focus on the academic use of English.  Rather, it explores the use and development of language in a range of non-academic contexts to develop your confidence in the use of language in social, domestic and work environments.  Whilst this contributes to your overall linguistic development, it also contributes to your acculturation.

TERMS ONE & TWO

All modules are 20 credits, unless otherwise stated.

This module underpins the language development that has to take place to take you from your entry level of English through to the level of language skill required for successful study at level 4 of a degree programme. As such the module focusses on the parallel development of the core linguistic skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

This linguistic development takes place in an academic context and employs use of authentic texts and learning environments to help you engage effectively with the teaching environments you will experience at undergraduate level, together with the types of materials and sources you will be expected to use.

As the module progresses you are increasingly introduced to how to use language in an academic context to construct and defend arguments and to use language critically to appraise the work of others.  Oral presentation and the use of language in debate is also explored.

This module begins by exploring the learning environment you will experience once you join a degree programme. It then goes on to explore the personal and study skills that are required to operate successfully in this environment, together with the linguist demands this will place upon you.

The module is then structured to help you gradually develop independence of learning underpinned by the ability to research problems, access and utilise academic resources in a variety of formats.  The module will equip you with a range of useful practical skills around searching and using electronic and paper-based libraries, note taking, referencing and the importance of good academic conduct.

You will be expected to solve a series of individual and group challenges that will help you develop these all important skills sets at the same time as underpinning the linguistic development taking place in other modules by encouraging debates and the construction and defence of arguments both orally and in written format.

This module is designed to help you improve your mastery of grammar and to increase your academic vocabulary. Whilst this in in part tutor led, you are also encouraged to become independent language learner.  This module equips you with the tools needed to be self-analytical and proactive in your language development, focusing on the development of your grammatical skills and vocabulary.

This module is designed to introduce you to a range of underpinning art and design techniques, media and skills.  It is also designed to help you develop your contextual awareness and creative capacity.  It also encourages you to develop your ability to communicate effectively in a creative context and to visualise and communicate your ideas.

The module takes a very practical approach to the subject area, encouraging you to develop appropriate skills that allow you to translate concepts into tangible pieces of work delivered in a number of formats and using different media.

This module begins with an overview of the ways in which different forms of media can be used to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and for different purposes. The relative merits of different forms of media are also explored.

The module then develops to explore the principles guiding effective use of different forms of media. This is backed up by a series of practical exercises that give you hands on experience of creating different types of media output. Exercises will range across photography, use of video, audio, written media and on-line. You will also have the opportunity to critique pre-existing media to help you develop your understanding of good practice and the effective use of different forms of media.

The module concludes by considering the development of on-line and digital media and how this has challenged existing media formats as well as creating new opportunities to use traditional formats.

This module builds on the core of knowledge and skills developed in the Foundations for the Creative Industries.

The Creative Project starts by helping you to decide on an area that is of interest in the disciplines of Art, Design and Fashion and also in Media Arts and Technology   You are then taken through the process of researching and specifying the project which culminates in the production of a detailed project brief in an area of study which is relevant for your chosen degree.  Once the brief has been developed and approved, you will be supported throughout the process of implementing the brief.

*Please note you will need to be on a 4-year CAS to study the Introduction to Media module. All students on a 1-year CAS will study the Foundations for the Creative Industries module.

The course information displayed on this page is correct for the academic year 2020/21. We aim to run the course as advertised however, changes may be necessary due to updates to the curriculum (due to academic or industry developments), student demand or UK compliance reasons.

TUITION FEES 2020/21

  • 2 term programme: £10,500
  • 3 term programme: £13,000

Your course fees cover registration costs, teaching for the course and access to the learning resources at the University and Student Support Services. They do not include the cost of course books, stationery and photocopying/printing costs, accommodation, living costs, travel, hobbies, sports or other leisure activities.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

You should be prepared to buy some course texts at £30 each (average £200 per year).

In addition, you should be prepared to buy personal writing materials and photocopying costs as well as additional specialist materials that you may require for your chosen projects. This figure is very dependent on the type of project you decide to complete and the resources it requires beyond those provided as part of the programme, but we would suggest allowing an additional £250.

You should also allow around £200 for trips in the local area as part of this Pathway.

YOU CAN NOW APPLY FOR THIS COURSE ONLINE

Click the buttons below for your preferred start date below which will take you to our online application form.

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