International Foundation: Art & Design

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.


September 2022

Course Duration

1 year, 3 terms

  • 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 be guaranteed a place on one of undergraduate programmes at many partner universities in the UK, USA and here at LCDF-Hanoi.


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:

  • 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.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you 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

  • Idea & Concepts
  • Drawing from Observation
  • Media Experimentation
  • Contextual Influences
  • Visual Communication
  • 3D Design Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Fashion
  • Final Project Realisation.


Many LCDF-Hanoi students have completed our programmes and transferred to the UK to continue their study on BA (Hons) degrees or higher at the following Universities:

  • Liverpool John Moore University, School of Design
  • Northumbria University (Newcastle)
  • University of the Art London
  • The University of the West of England (Bristol)
  • The University of Middlesex (London)
  • The University of Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire)
  • Birmingham City University (Birmingham)
  • Instituto Marangoni (London)
  • Art University Bournemouth
  • Kingston University (London)
  • University of East London
  • University of Hertfordshire (London)
  • Salford University (Manchester)
  • University of Herdforshire (London)
  • Savannah College of Arts and Design (USA)
  • Colombus College of Arts and Design (USA)

Alumni and Students

Please enjoy this wonderful clip created by our student Elisabeth Donnan who comes from the UK to share with you about living and studying in Hanoi.

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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Mark Bellingham

Programme Leader – Graphic Design

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Nicky Vu

Programme Co-ordinator/ Fashion 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 75,500,000 per term, 3 terms per year

VND 196,600,000 per year

Intensive Design Foundation: VND 41,500,000


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.

Hotline: 024 37 199 706