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Swinburne Foundation Year (Arts / Social Sciences) (12 Months), Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) ,
Swinburne Foundation Year (Arts / Social Sciences) (12 months) is a pre-university program for international students. It is designed to help students meet the entry requirements for first-year university.

This Pre-Bachelor Offers


Students will develop fundamental communication, information technology (IT) and mathematics skills. They will also receive an introduction to the fields of business and design through the selection of electives.

Swinburne Arts graduates are well equipped to find work in areas where employers put a high premium on well-developed conceptual understanding and other critical and creative reasoning skills needed to come to terms with and respond effectively to the complex and changing demands of the contemporary workplace. These areas may include: policy analysis and development, research, community development, administration, public relations, publishing, media and professional psychology.

Depending on their areas of specialisation, Arts graduates may find employment as journalists, psychologists, librarians, teachers, interpreters, sociologists, publishers, internet providers, marketers, writers and in the games industry, particularly in areas focusing on interactive content creation, game design, interface design and rapid prototyping.

Graduates may also be equipped to pursue a career in the broader media, digital media/ multimedia and communications sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Academic and communication skills A
  • Academic and communication skills B
  • Information technology
  • Innovation and change
  • Introductory mathematics
  • Academic literacies
  • Accounting
  • Context and culture
  • Design studies
  • Drawing and illustration
  • Economics
  • Graphic design
  • Law
  • Marketing

                          Detailed Programme Facts

                          • More details: Offshore international students should take into account visa processing times before applying for their preferred intake. It is strongly advised that they consider applying at least three months in advance of their intake’s start date.
                          • Programme intensity Full-time
                            • Full-time duration 12 months
                          • Languages
                            • English
                          • Delivery mode
                            On Campus

                          English Language Requirements

                          You only need to take one of these language tests:

                          • Minimum required score:


                            The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

                          • Minimum required score:


                            The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

                            Schedule IELTS

                          Academic Requirements

                          Make sure you have the following documents for your application:

                          • certified copies of previous academic results
                          • certified English language proficiency test results
                          • letters from schools or employers
                          • portfolio for design courses, excluding Swinburne Foundation Year (Design).

                          Tuition Fee

                          • International Applies to you

                            30870 AUD/full
                            Tuition Fee
                            Based on the original amount of 30870 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
                          We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                          Living costs for Melbourne

                          • 1501 - 2660 AUD/month
                            Living Costs

                          The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                          StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.