Got a passion for creative design? Not quite ready to undertake a full honours degree? Southampton Solent University’s Design Foundation Programme is perfectly suited to students who may not be from an art- design- or fashion-related background or whose qualifications do not meet the admissions requirements of their chosen course. To help get you up to speed, this one-year foundation course provides all the creative, technical and study skills needed for entry onto a degree-level art, design or fashion course. Upon completion, you will be able to progress onto a range of art-, design- and fashion- related courses here at Southampton Solent. The course begins with a five-week group project. This enables students to mix with like-minded peers and helps them to settle in quickly. This project also helps students to decide which area they might like to follow at a later stage. The following ten weeks are spent introducing students to the world of art, design and fashion. This includes design history, vocabulary, methods and academic foundation. This ten-week block will also give students the opportunity to learn and apply two-dimensional and three-dimensional visualisation techniques, giving them the tools required to conduct their final project. This final project takes place in the last fifteen weeks of the course and is based around the specific discipline that the student will go on to study. The project will be supported by tuition in visual presentation techniques, enabling students to communicate their concepts, development processes and final proposals. Students will also receive instruction in verbal communication and presentation techniques, increasing their confidence in pitching design ideas. Successful completion of the Design foundation year will provide a pathway to the Interior Design Degree. This professionally accredited interior design programme blends aesthetics and technology, asking students to use their design, research and problem solving skills to create amazing indoor spaces. The course is supported by a group of employer partners who are actively involved in mentoring, helping past students to secure roles in a range of top London interior design businesses. Students are encouraged to build these skills during independent industry work placements, as well as throughout the course’s curriculum of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The course team are able to support students as they search for work placements by tapping into their professional network. In previous years, students have secured placements at property development companies including Crest Nicholson, Barrett Homes and Capita Symonds. The staff’s industry links have also enabled students to work on live briefs, interact with real case studies and attend informal employer liaison meetings throughout the course. The end of year show lets built environment students showcase their final projects to the public. Employers are also invited to attend, and past students have successfully gained employment as a result of the event. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in an annual London exhibition and national design competitions.