International Year Zero - Art and Design

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Course overview

The Art and Design pathway at International College Dundee is a fantastic way to start your creative degree. It is a pathway to a number of undergraduate degrees at Dundee, including Fine Art and Product Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

As an Art and Design student at ICD, you will study modules designed to both increase your awareness of key concepts in art and design theory, and encourage you to expand your creative skills through studio practice. You will also study the foundations of psychology, expanding your awareness of human behaviour to inform your creative work in the future.

Guaranteed continuation onto degree at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design when you successfully complete the IS1 Art & Design

  • Modules ranging from Psychology to Studio Practice
  • Small class sizes
  • Dedicated student support
  • Specialist teaching

Methods of assessment

  • Continuous assessment and feedback
  • Project work and testing


  • Small classes
  • Practical workshops in some modules

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 years degree

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component
+6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
+12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge for your chosen field of study.

Modules you will study

This module covers key sociological theories, concepts and evidence. You will apply knowledge and understanding to issues in education, health, crime and other areas of UK social life.

Students are introduced to critical and cultural theory, and their understanding of the theoretical aspects of film and TV production is developed with an emphasis on storytelling. Students learn about and reflect on the processes involved in film and TV programme production and consider the relationship between film and programme makers and their audiences.

Students will be offered a historical overview of Psychology, and go on to study aspects of Social, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology, exploring anti-social behaviour, the nature and structure of human memory and the developmental theories of Piaget and Vygotsky.

Students work in a variety of media, consolidating their skills and developing a range of techniques which will enable them to produce a portfolio of work in response to the module. A range of basic skills will be developed including drawing, painting, 3D sculpture and model-making. Students will be encouraged to develop their critical and conceptual thinking, and to develop their ideas using sketch books and design sheets.

This module looks at a range of digital media and software in relation to students’ ways of working. Students will not only gain practical skills in the conventional tools of digital art and design but will also be encouraged to explore the possibilities of digital media to enhance the potential of their work through experimental approaches.

Continuation degrees

This study route offers you a pathway to the following degree course

BSc (Hons)
Product Design
Use human-centred approaches to design to find out what people want, and design the right products for them
BSc (Hons)
Digital Interaction Design
Explore, build, and craft people’s everyday interactions with digital technology
BDes (Hons)
Textile Design
Learn about textiles through hands-on experimentation and design thinking. Students will explore the role of textiles within society and investigate areas such as the social and environmental impact of textiles, health and well-being, and inclusive design
BDes (Hons)
Jewellery & Metal Design
Experiment with a range of precious and non-precious materials to develop wearable objects, from concept to finished piece
BDes (Hons)
Interior & Environmental Design
Learn to develop adaptive reuse strategies for architectural spaces and urban settings. Apply co-design and service design research methods to a range of critically informed spatial contexts, experimental objects and installations.
BDes (Hons)
Illustration uses visual media to tell stories and communicate complex ideas
BDes (Hons)
Graphic Design
This course is a balance of digital and print media. Students will gain skills in both traditional and contemporary practice - from screen printing and bookbinding to using the Adobe suite of products and laser cutting.
BDes (Hons)
A narrative-driven course focusing on characters and storytelling, where you will learn 2D and 3D animation techniques
BA (Hons)
Fine Art
Combine studio practice with critical understanding of theory and experiment across a range of media
BA (Hons)
Art & Philosophy
Taught by artists of international standing, this is the only undergraduate course in Scotland that combines Fine Art with Philosophy

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