Sheffield Hallam University TESOL Centre
International Foundation Programme: Art, Design and Media
Accommodation Homestay / Residence / Self-catering
Price Range £373.43 per week - £523.68 per week
Beginners Not for beginners
Class Size 16 maximum
Course Length 19 weeks - 32 weeks
Town / City & Region Sheffield , North of England
Tuition Style Group
Tuition Hours Per Week 21.0
Course Type Academic Purposes
The International Foundation Programme: Art, Design and Media is designed to support international and EU (non-UK) students to meet the academic and English language entry qualifications required for our undergraduate degrees. On successful completion, you are qualified to progress onto your chosen degree from our range of 16 Sheffield Institute of Arts undergraduate courses.
BSc (Honours) Architectural Technology
BSc (Honours) Architecture
BA (Honours) Animation
BA (Honours) Digital Media Production
BA (Honours) Fashion Design
BA (Honours) Fashion Management and Communication
BA (Honours) Film and Media Production
BA (Honours) Film Studies
BA (Honours) Fine Art
BA (Honours) Graphic Design
BA (Honours) Illustration
BA (Honours) Interior Design
BA (Honours) Jewellery and Metalwork
BA (Honours) Photography
BA (Honours) Product Design
BA (Honours) Product Design: Furniture
Sheffield is a creative city and home to the UK's largest practicing community of artists and designers outside London. The Sheffield Institute of Arts is one of the most established centres for art and design in the UK and provides a supportive environment for you to develop your creative skills and protfolio.
Our TESOL Centre was established in 1980 and is regarded as one of the best university language centres in the UK (ranked in the top six by the British Council in 2014). TESOL provision includes pre-sessional and in-sessional language teaching for all degree levels. TESOL language courses are accredited by the British Council.
The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is delivered at the heart of our City Campus. You learn from Sheffield Hallam lecturers from the TESOL Centre and Sheffield Institute of Arts. Your tutors are all highly-experienced at teaching international students at all study levels. The course is designed to give you the best possible start to your undergraduate studies.
At the beginning of the course, you concentrate on improving your English language, alongside an introduction to art, design and media studio practice, skills and techniques. As the course progresses, you focus more on developing your portfolio and skills, while continuing to develop your English language skills.
You receive regular feedback throughout the course to support your personal development. By the end of the IFP, you have the studio experience, skills and techniques so you feel comfortable with studying at degree-level at Sheffield Hallam University.
In addition to the core modules, your timetable includes taster lectures in your chosen subject area, along with social and cultural activities to help you adjust to studying at Sheffield Hallam and living in the UK. Activities include visits and events organised by our International Experience Team, the opportunity to participate in our mentoring support scheme, career talks and subject-specific peer study group meetings. This helps you to build your confidence, improves your use of English and is a great opportunity to make friends.
The course builds your confidence and knowledge by using the same assessment methods you have on your degree course, providing you with valuable experience of the assessment process. You are assessed at the end of each module which provides more opportunities for feedback and support your development throughout the programme.
You have full access to all our facilities including our library, which is open 24 hours every day of the year, our support services and our accommodation.
The IFP finishes in late July so you can opt to stay in the UK as you prepare to begin your undergraduate course in September. We can advise and support you with your application to extend your visa.
On completion of the programme, you are eligible for a 10% progression discount from your tuition fees (for the first year of your chosen degree).
This course is open to international and EU (non-UK) students only.
English language requirements
To enrol on the course, you are required to have an IELTS certificate from an approved centre. You can apply for the IFP while you are waiting for your results.
For September entry, an overall IELTS 4.5 is required, with a minimum of 4.0 in all skills.
For January entry, a minimum IELTS 5.0 is needed, with a minimum of 4.5 in all skills.
Academic entry requirements
You need good high school graduation grades which includes Maths.
You may be required to provide examples of creative work to support your application.
You must be 18 years old when you enrol on the course. September applicants must be 18 years old by 1st September and January applicants by 1st January.