Foundation In Arts (Arts And Design)

January, May and September
Course Duration
1 Year / 3 semesters (14 weeks per semester, no short semester)
Course Location
Kuala Lumpur , Kuching
Course Mode
Approval Code
R2/010/3/0301; 01/2025 (KL) | R2/010/3/0196; 04/2024 (Kuching)
Accreditation Code
MQA/A11125 (KL) | MQA/A9780 (Kuching)


Creative capital will be the most sought-after commodity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. While the creative economy may somewhat be immune to automation, professionals in this field will still need to navigate a landscape proliferated with rapid technological disruptions....

Our Foundation in Arts (Art & Design) provides a one-year essential preparation for entry into art and design degree programmes (animation, fashion, multimedia or graphic design) with a strong base in principal subjects and design-specific content. Build your creative thinking, drawing skills and problem-solving skills and explore various techniques of idea visualisation.

Learn from our distinguished professors and industry experts, basic design theories and terminologies as well as enhance your soft and communication skills through project collaborations and presentations. Expand your creative abilities and capacity in a supportive setting that encourages exploration and discovery, with the best facilities and resources at hand to guide you.

Design your pathway to a career in art and design today and reimagine the future.

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About the Programme


Integrating both coursework and written examinations, this programme incorporates a practice-oriented approach and furnishes students with relevant interesting, stimulating and hands-on experience via a variety of teaching methods and practical exercises. Different dynamic learning processes are employed in the delivery of this programme including lectures, tutorials, computer lab work, team-based projects, real-life system developments, presentations and independent projects, to name a few, supervised by both university lecturers and industry experts alike.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

​SPM / O-levels

5 credits


3 credits

​Other qualifications

Any other equivalent qualifications recognised by the Malaysian Government.

English Requirement for Foundation in Arts

  • Candidates with a minimum grade of A2 in UEC English Language, Band 2 in MUET, 30-31 in TOEFL, 4.0 in IELTS, grade C in O-Level or IGCSE or SPM English 1119, grade B1 (with at least 2 skills at B1) in CEFR, 140 in Cambridge English Qualification, 140 in Cambridge Linguaskill, and 36 in Pearson Test are exempted from SE004 Basic English and SE005 English Foundation. Other equivalent qualification can be exempted on case-by-case basis.
  • Candidates who scored lower than B+ in SPM English Language or than the above requirement will have to take the SE004 Basic English subject before taking the SE005 English Foundation subject in the foundation year.

Courses Offered

Kuala Lumpur Campus

Compulsory Courses

  • Writing for Academic Purposes
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Computing Essentials
  • Positive Psychology

Electives Courses

  • Introductory Accounting
  • Introduction to Business
  • Fundamentals of Ethics
  • Introductory Economics
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Introductory Calculus
  • Human Communication
  • Basic Office Application
  • Introduction to Structure
  • Introduction to Built Environment
  • Web Development
  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Introduction to Law
  • Civic Studies
  • Smart Learning Technology
  • Media Literacy
  • Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
  • Analytical Drawing
  • Fundamentals of Design
  • Fundamentals of Culinary Arts
  • Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Industry
  • Event Management
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics
  • Algebra and Trigonometry
  • Introduction to Language and Communication
Kuching Campus
Foundation Studies (Arts and Design)
Core Subjects
  • Web Development
  • Computing Studies
  • Quantitative Methods

Common Courses
  • Accounting Practice
  • Principles of Economics
  • Introduction to Business
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Writing for Academic Purposes
  • Office Applications
  • Fundamentals of Database
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Elective Courses

Students are required to take 3 elective courses below during their Foundation Studies:

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Smart Learning Technology
  • Fundamentals of Oral Communication
  • Introduction to Logistics & Supply Chain Management


Kuala Lumpur Campus

Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 22,430

International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 34,600

Kuching Campus

Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 18,012

International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 24,810

Note: This is an estimated fee, as different countries have different visa processing charges and administrative fees. For more information, kindly refer to your region’s counselor for the detailed fee breakdown.

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