Integrated Foundation Year BA/BSc(Hons)
Develop your skills by entering the creative industries on an Integrated Foundation Year degree.
If you’re interested in taking on a new subject that you’ve not had the opportunity to study in depth before, or have been out of education for a while, then our Integrated Foundation Year courses might be for you. These four-year courses include an introductory year to help you build the core skills needed for specialist degree-level study.
This is a chance for you to let your imagination run wild and explore your creativity, expand your professional skills and develop enhanced subject knowledge in the domain you want to study. We’ll help nurture your expertise in problem solving, risk-taking, designing and making as you develop your abilities through five core modules.
After your foundation year, you’ll have a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, a developed practical and technical skill set and the confidence to excel in your chosen degree subject when you join other students for the rest of your course.
- Develop technical, design thinking and production skills in your chosen specialism
- Learn teamwork, leadership and project management skills through a variety of learning environments
- Develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills through the development of unique and innovative projects
- Complete your chosen degree over a four-year period
In your foundation year, you'll study five core modules: three short modules in the first study block and two in the second (one short, one long). These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of both creative practice and your chosen specialism. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs.
After your foundation year, you'll have a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, a developed practical and technical skillset and the confidence to excel in your chosen degree subject when you join other students for the rest of your course.
Modules (foundation year)
You'll begin your foundation year by working collaboratively with others to explore themes of the future. You'll take risks, experiment through play and be supported to break through barriers.
You'll take subject-specific workshops and develop essential technical and practical skills in your area of study. You'll also enhance your analytical and organisational abilities.
You'll work with your peer group to think beyond discipline by addressing a societal or global issue. You'll then showcase your work to your peers and deliver and accompanying evaluation of your process.
You'll enhance your creative and practical skills in your subject specialism by responding to typical industry briefs, underpinned by focused research and experiments. You'll also gain industry insights through guest lectures and workshops.
You'll develop your unique identity in your specialism through the production of a self-initiated body of work. Your final project will be the bridge to your next year, fully supported by evaluative reviews and critical analysis of the work you have created.
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details on each specialism course page.
Choosing your specialism
When you choose to study an Integrated Foundation Year degree, you'll need to choose the subject you wish to specialise in before applying. For instance, you might want to study Computing for Games BSc(Hons), and you'll be able to choose the Integrated Foundation Year route.
You can view all the courses that offer an Integrated Foundation Year option, below.
Integrated Foundation Year specialisms
How you'll learn
Our Integrated Foundation Year degrees are designed to equip you with the skills you need to thrive in the creative industries. At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.
- Foundation year assessments are 100% coursework based
Assessment will take place at the end of each module, and you'll get feedback and evaluation throughout the year. You'll be assessed through visual, verbal and written assignments, including your portfolio and a reflective journal. In your foundation year all assessments are pass/fail to encourage students to take risks and engage with the feedback provided.
Students studying on courses with an Integrated Foundation Year must successfully complete and pass all foundation modules before they can progress to the next stage of their course.
Our industry-standard facilities, spread across two campuses, are carefully designed and developed to ensure you're more than equipped to succeed in your chosen specialism. Explore all our facilities.
Specialist staff from your course discipline will contribute to the learning and teaching on your Integrated Foundation Year degree. Our lecturers are often practising professionals and academic researchers who can give you first-hand knowledge of the creative industries. Depending on your course, you may be taught by the following staff members.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.
From exhibitions to award wins, positions in leading creative businesses to launching their own ventures, our graduates are blazing a trail. Read about our graduates from across the course specialisms.
How to apply
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2023 via UCAS. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).
You can find your Integrated Foundation Year course code on the individual course page. You can see a list of courses available for entry in 2023 below. Select your course to retrieve your course code and read more about what you'll study in the remaining three years of your degree after your Integrated Foundation Year.
- University code: F33
Applying as an international student?
International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the University. Ensure you retrieve your Integrated Foundation Year degree course code from the relevant course page listed below.
Then go to our International applications page for more information about how to apply as an international student.
Integrated Foundation Year specialisms
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you've specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
|Course route||Entry requirements|
|Integrated Foundation Year BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree||80 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard, which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you may need to take a recognised language test. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
For starting your studies in 2024
UK applications: 31 January 2024 (for equal consideration)
Applications after the 31 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.
International fee payers
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Fees, costs & funding
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,460 per year||Full-time EU/international|
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,950 per year||Full-time EU/international|
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
Additional typical course costs for Integrated Foundation Year pathway
- £250 for materials
- A laptop/desktop computer
- Adobe Creative Suite
To engage in the digital learning activity, although you will be able to access IT suites on campus, you will benefit from a laptop to access the platforms and tools we use. Depending on your subject, you may need a specific type of computer. If you're unsure about what you might need, please contact our course advisors.
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