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
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.
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 Edd Bagenal
Modules & structure
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|
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 for the International Foundation Certificate in Design are:
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.
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.
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.
You will need to supply a portfolio of your design related work or a written visual presentation (including images) that shows at least three previous projects in a related field, uploaded as a PDF or a link to a similar portfolio online.
If you are not sure which type of IELTS test you need to take, contact our Immigration Advisory Service (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.