Foundation In Arts (Built Environment)

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)


The Fourth Industrial Revolution underway is dramatically changing our buildings and urban space in scale, complexity and scope.  As will increasingly complex environmental challenges. Professionals in the built environment field must be prepared for these emergent challenges and opportunities....

Our one-year Foundation in Arts (Built Environment) programme aims to give a good start. Using an integrated and synergised approach, the programme provides a cross-disciplinary introduction and built environment-specific subjects, to help you progress smoothly into your chosen specialisation (architecture, interior architecture or quantity surveying) at the degree level.

Adopting varied and innovative teaching approaches, both in and out of the classroom, our distinguished academics, visiting professors and industry experts will help you develop the subject knowledge as well as creative and critical thinking and study skills.

Drawing on close ties with the industry, you will also have an early exposure to real-world experiences working on community or industrial projects, together with your seniors and leading industry players in a supportive and creative environment.

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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 (inclusive of Math for Architecture pathway)


3 credits (inclusive of Math for Architecture pathway)

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 (Built Environment)
Core Subjects
  • Calculus
  • Algebra & Trigonometry
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics

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

Special Focus On

  • Role of Engineers in Society
  • Elementary Engineering Design
  • any other elective of the student's choice


Kuala Lumpur Campus

Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 22,430

International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 34,700

Kuching Campus

Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 18,012

International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 29,880

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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