International design foundation

If you are passionate about design and wish to study overseas in order to achieve your future career dream of becoming an international Creative Director, then this programme is suitable for you!

Our International Design Foundation programme offers an effective preparation route for students wishing to establish a design portfolio suitable for entry application onto a range of international university design courses.

  • This programme is specifically designed to support students thinking of applying to a degree course in a “Design” subject, such as Fashion, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography and Illustration.
  • Students will undertake practical research projects, utilising the sketchbook, exploring a range of design techniques to contextualising design ideas. Creating a portfolio of work ready for an online ‘mini-portfolio’ application, as well as physical portfolio of work, ready to take to an interview.
  • All students that successfully complete their studies will also be guaranteed a place on one of our own undergraduate programmes here at LCDF-Hanoi.

Learning Outcomes

If you are currently undecided upon a specific design subject specialism to study at degree level then our foundation level course, with its taster opportunities, will allow you to explore and discover the options.

Alternatively, should you feel confident and able to select directly onto one of our five curriculum areas of Illustration, Fashion & Textiles, Graphic Communication, Three Dimensional Design & Architecture or Photography, then you are welcome to make a direct entry application.

You will learn various aspects in relation to the course, exploring a combination of context references and practical exercises and demonstrations, which include:

  • Design process – you will tackle a design challenge and explore the possibilities in response to a design problem.
  • Lecture on portfolio submission guidelines and examples of work.
  • Life drawing
  • Redesign an everyday object, product or image.
  • Explore ideas beyond sketchbook through models, collage and drawing.
  • Complete a piece of work that has been developed from your research and exploration of design ideas to consider appropriate materials, construction, function and finish.
  • Branding and presentation of your work in relation to interviews, including your inspirations, contextual influences and aims for your work and the future.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Create a sensational portfolio
  • Decide which subject to study
  • Choose the right college for you
  • Exhibit your work at the end of the course

Sample modules

  • Ideas Generation
  • Drawing from Observation
  • Media Experimentation
  • Contextual Influences
  • 2D Visual Communication
  • 3D Design Media
  • Final Project Realisation


Many LCDF-Hanoi students have transferred to the UK to continue their study on BA (Hons) degrees or higher at the following Universities: Northumbria University (Newcastle), London University of the Art (London), The University of the West of England (Bristol), The University of Middlesex (London), The University of Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire), to name a few.

Teaching Styles

This course will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts. This is supported by practical demonstrations, group discussions, contextual references and one-to-one support.


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Loreto Streeter

Drawing & Illustration Lecturer

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Julie Vola

Photography Lecturer

Entry Requirements

  • Passes at GCSE or A Levels or Grade 12 or equivalent qualifications.
  • English language certificate of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent. English courses are available before and during the course for those students who need to improve their English in order to continue studying with us.


VND 54,000,000 per semester, 2 semesters per year

VND 90,000,000 per year


If you need any further information about accommodation nearby us and cost of living in Hanoi, please refer to the website below or feel free to ask us for support. You can find lots of information on houses in Tay Ho District, which is close to the college.

How to Apply

You can apply the course online or obtain application form from our college.
For further information on how to apply, please visit the How to Apply page.