What will I study?
This course will introduce you to life studying in the UK and will develop the core academic and English language skills you will need to progress on to an undergraduate degree with Northumbria University.
This programme is also available as a 3-semester programme for those who need extra English language development.
Four of the modules you will study on this course will be focused on preparing you for undergraduate study in the UK. You will focus on study techniques, reading academic texts, report writing and improving your communication skills, all of which will help you in your undergraduate studies. In addition, weekly topics of global studies are used across two modules to develop a broad understanding of core issues and how they can affect ADM.
You will also undertake 2 modules that are unique to the International Foundation Programme in Art, Design and Media. These will give you a platform from which to go on and study one of our many degrees in these disciplines. The first of these modules will introduce you to art, design and media and focuses on the core skills that are fundamental to all key areas of Art and Design.
In the second semester you will be preparing a portfolio of work, specialising in your target area, be it fashion, fine art, textiles, animation or design, drawing on all the experiences you have gained on the course until that point.
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.
How will I be taught and assessed?
The programme is designed to provide a solid foundation to studying in a British university and you will benefit from staff who are used to supporting international students through this important transition.
Teaching and learning is carried out through seminars, lectures, tutorials and workshops, totalling around 15-18 hours, plus 1-2 hours for academic tutorials, per week. In addition, you will be expected to spend 15-20 hours a week on independent study through self-directed learning. Teaching and self-directed learning also makes use of the University’s electronic learning portal (Blackboard) where you will have access to a range of learning materials and you will be encouraged to use the technology in preparation for your future studies.
During your studies you will be invited to events within the University and the opportunity to see work by a range of other students at different stages of their studies. You will also be able to visit some of the region’s key galleries to learn from real exhibitions.
Assessments take place through a mix of group presentations, oral examinations, written assignments, portfolios and exams.
Reflection is a large part of your development and you will produce a learning journal to track your progress as you encounter many new ideas, techniques and practices.
You will be taught by module tutors to support your academic needs. In addition to this, you will be allocated a guidance tutor at the start of the programme. Your guidance tutor is your first point of contact for anything outside of the classroom that affects your learning. You will meet your guidance tutor at the start of each semester for a formal meeting. In-between this you can arrange to meet them at any point and they may also contact you if they need to meet you. All conversations with the guidance tutor are confidential and they will always be the first point of contact should you need them.