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International Foundation Certificate - Art and Design

This is a practical course that includes creative work as well as theory. You will learn how to manage creative projects and prepare your portfolio. Whether you are going on to study fashion or architecture, you will learn the foundations needed for your chosen discipline.

Course Overview

DMUIC offers a new way to start a prestigious Art and Design degree at DMU.

Explore your creativity while creating a great portfolio – it’s the ideal way to start your degree studies in Art and Design as you continue to a world-class degree programme.

With specialist training, the Art and Design IFC gives you access to industry-standard workshops, the handling of materials such as wood, metal, plaster, plastics, ceramics and glass; as well as IT labs with Mac and PC platforms to learn digital design.

After you have completed your IFC at DMUIC, you will continue your studies in any number of our wide ranging degrees, including Architecture, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Footwear Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Product Design. See below for a full list of continuation degrees.

To join this course you will need to have successfully completed high school or equivalent and meet the English language requirements. We offer Pre-sessional English which is a 6 or 12-week extension course for those who may not yet meet the required English language standards for direct entry to our pathways.

  • Direct Entry – IELTS 5.0 (with no skill below 4.5)

English Language Requirements

Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific
modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge
for your chosen field of study.

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Modules you will study

Art Portfolio

This module is designed to assist you in creating a portfolio of work in your chosen continuation route; this will prepare you for your subject area at undergraduate level. In this module, you will work on two major projects that can be either digital or traditional. Alongside your project work, you will be taught historical and contemporary art movements and styles. You will also learn additional digital and traditional art and design skills. Your project work will culminate in an end of year show. In addition, you will also have the choice of a photo portfolio module, concentrating on photographic techniques, camera functions and output, or Life Drawing where you can improve your drawing techniques using a live model.

Contextual Studies in Art, Design & Media

This module helps you to develop an ongoing critical understanding of contemporary, historical and cultural influences to inspire and inform your own practice. You also use this module to reflect and inform your choice of degree and continuation to the next stage of your undergraduate degree programme. You will study other artists, designers and media producers work and examine contextual links to your own work which will form the major element in assessing the module.

2D and 3D Media Processes

You will explore different media through the use of 2D and 3D processes such as: drawing, print, painting and collage. You will use your reflective journal to record the workshop processes and reflect on 2D and 3D techniques in your own work and the work of others. The module allows you to develop your visual language and increase your creative confidence in the use of existing techniques as well as experimenting with combinations and new discoveries. You will be introduced to 2D and 3D workshop practices and encouraged to discover artists and designers who have used similar processes.

Researching and Recording Digital Arts

This module is designed to give you an introduction to the use of digital arts at the University. During this introduction, you will get tuition in the use of computers, photography and digital editing software. You will use these skills to develop a digital portfolio (website) related to your continuation route. You will be encouraged not only to use the conventional tools of digital art but also to explore the potential of digital work to produce more experimental approaches.

Key Information



4 Years:1 year pathway + 3 years degree


Start Dates

September 2023


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