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International Foundation Certificate in Design

  • Length
    1 year full-time
  • Department
    English Language Centre, Design

Course overview

This one-year programme gives you the opportunity to develop your English language, become familiar with UK academic culture, and prepare to study for a BA (Hons) in Design.

The International Foundation Certificate (IFC) programme is aimed at undergraduate students who need a year to:

  • develop or consolidate their language skills in academic English
  • undertake preliminary study in the subject areas they would like to study at undergraduate level
  • familiarise themselves both with ways of working in British academic culture and in the standards required at degree level

Half of the programme will focus on the four core modules of language development:

  • Academic Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking

The other half of the programme will introduce you to different design disciplines and practices and give you an opportunity to reflect on your own design approach. The design modules will give you a taste of undergraduate study in that area at Goldsmiths.

You will have a personal tutor, who you meet in small groups or on a one-to-one basis to discuss progress on the course, general approaches to study, and ways of maximising language learning. Tutors will also support you in finalising your plans for future study. 

You are encouraged throughout the programme to work independently and in particular to use the resources available in the Goldsmiths Library.

Guaranteed progression

If you pass the programme at the required level (a pass in all modules with an overall score of 50% or more), you are guaranteed a place on a related Goldsmiths degree programme: 

Alternatively you may choose to continue your studies at another university. 

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Admissions Tutor, Martin Conreen

Modules & structure

Overview

The programme is made up of the following modules: 

  • English for Academic Purposes (2 x 30 credits)
  • Department of Design foundation modules (1 x 30 and 2 x 15 credits)

English for Academic Purposes modules (30 credits each)

Students on all IFC Pathways take both of these core modules, designed to develop your ability and confidence in the four key areas of writing, reading, listening and speaking.

 

English for Academic Purposes modules Module title Credits
  Academic Reading and Writing -
  Academic Listening and Speaking -

Department of Design foundation modules

All students on the Design Pathway take the following three modules in the Department of Design.

Design foundation modules Module title Credits
  What is Design? 30 credits
  Sketchbooks and Reflective Journal 15 credits
  Making Drawings Making Design 15 credits

Assessment

The English for Academic Purposes modules of the programme are assessed by a mixture of coursework, written examination and presentation. The design modules will include assessment of a portfolio of work, a reflective journal and an exhibition. 

Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the International Foundation Certificate in Design are:

Academic

A good high school leaving certificate or equivalent academic study with some evidence of learning in relevant subjects. 

You will also need to submit a portfolio of work to demonstrate art and design skills and experience.

English

Evidence of English language proficiency:

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) IELTS 5.0. 

If you have a lower English language score you may be accepted after successfully completing one of our Pre-sessional English courses

Age

You must normally be 17 years of age or above. 

Country of residence and nationality

Only international students can apply. Applications from home/EU students will not be accepted.

If you are not sure which type of IELTS test you need to take, contact our Immigration Advisory Service (immigration@gold.ac.uk). 

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above.

If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. 

For this programme we require:

IELTS 5.0 with 5.0 in writing

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Read more about our general entrance requirements

Department

The English Language Centre
specialises in teaching English language and academic writing

English Language Centre

Come and learn from a dedicated team of specialists. Some of our team have worked in this area for over 20 years.

We offer courses for:

  • students with English as a second language
  • native English speakers who are keen to develop their skills in academic writing

These courses range from standalone foundation years and pre-sessional courses right through to in-sessional courses that you complete during your degree programme.

It’s also possible to book an appointment with our resident Royal Literary Fund Fellows – professional writers who can help you improve your essay-writing skills.

Find out more about the English Language Centre.

Student work

Students from the International Foundation Certificate programme made this film about studying at Goldsmiths

Fees & funding

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