This International Foundation Year - Design Route is a one-year course foundation year (level 0) programme taught at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 3. The International Foundation Year - Design Route provides a firm grounding in the subjects required for the students intended undergraduate degree programmes. Those who successfully complete the International Foundation Year by achieving specific grades are admitted to level 1 of one of a wide range of design-related undergraduate degree programmes offered by the University of Leeds. For a list of these degree programmes please see the International Foundation Year website.
The course is a 9-month, 3-term programme. It runs from September to mid-June of the next year. You will study academic study skills as well as subject specific content. Subject specific modules are taught by Leeds University academic staff and tailored to your chosen degree, so you can be sure that you are fully prepared to start your degree programme.
Read about the degree programmes you can progress to.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Your subject-specific modules will depend on the degree you plan to progress to.
- Visual Research and Drawing 20 credits
- Materials, Media and Processes 20 credits
- Understanding Design 30 credits
- Personal Study 10 credits
- Academic Study Skills 50 credits
For more information on typical modules, read International Foundation Year - Design Route in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
You will be taught by University of Leeds academics typically within the departments which specialise in the module you are studying. You will study through a variety of formats including classroom and workshop style teaching sessions. This is all alongside a comprehensive Academic Skills module which will enable you to develop appropiate arts-related academic study skills so that you can succeed in your future degree. You will be assigned a tutor who you will meet with regularly. You will have access to the range of extensive libraries and learning resources we have on campus.