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Foundation Studies: Design Standard, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 9 months
University rank #45 (QS) ,
This is where your global journey starts. As an international student, you’ll be equipped with the academic foundations, study skills and English proficiency required for success at UNSW Sydney.


UNSW Foundation Studies offers two Design Streams. Students wishing to undertake a degree with the Faculty of Built Environment (e.g. Architecture) should undertake the Design and Built Environment Stream. Students wishing to undertake a Design degree at UNSW Art & Design or a degree not requiring a mathematics prerequisite should undertake the Fine Arts Stream.

  • Design and Built Environment: for students intending to study a degree in Architecture, Industrial Design, Planning
  • Fine Arts: for students intending to study a Design degree requiring no mathematics

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Academic English
  • Computing Studies
  • Design
  • Essentials of Mathematics
  • Australian Studies
  • International Issues and Perspectives
  • Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 9 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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

Admission requirements:
  • Official transcripts 
  • Resume or CV 
  • Three letters of reference 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32850 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32850 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
  • National

    32850 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32850 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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Living costs for Canberra

  • 1425 - 2510 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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