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International Foundation: Arts & Design - a good preparation route to study at top design schools worldwide

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Studying design abroad is never easy for Vietnamse students. Senior high school curriculum stops providing subjects in arts and design. Therefore, students who want to pursue design majors do not have the opportunity to experience and accumulate knowledge as well as prepare portfolio to apply for higher levels of study. This is also the reason why many young people's passion for design and creativity has come to a dead end.

Well-known design schools worldwide always require students to have an arts and design portfolio. This is a collection of works or projects that showcase the creativity, skills and potential for the design industry.

If students do not have arts and design portfolio, foundation program will help them experience to decide the right design major and complete their portfolio for undergraduate study programme.

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Portfolio is a place for students to showcase their creativity, skills and potential to study Arts and Design

At London College for Design and Fashion - Hanoi, International foundation: Arts and Design is specially designed for young people who want to pursue design at the age of 16 or older. Here, students will be guided to create portfolio; choose a suitable design programme for further study and understand the basic knowledge and skills of the creative design industry.


Illustration work by a foundation student

Benefits of the foundation programme

Students who complete the International Foundation programme (120 credits) at London College for Design and Fashion - Hanoi will be granted certificate by School of Design, Liverpool John Moore University (UK) - one of the top 20 Arts and Design universities in the UK.

As such, students can easily apply to study their bachelor's degree at many well-known arts and design universities around the world such as: Liverpool John Moore University, School of Design; Northumbria University (Newcastle); University of the Arts London (UAL); The University of the West of England (Bristol); Middlesex University (London); The University of Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire); Instituto Marangoni (London, Paris, Milan); Art University Bournemouth; Kingston University (London); University of East London; Herdfordshire University (London); Salford University (Manchester); University of Herdforshire (London); Savannah College of Arts and Design (USA); Colombus College of Arts and Design (USA).

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John Lennon Arts and Design building at Liverpool John Moore University, UK

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Professor Xavier Pick from Arts University Bournemouth, UK as a guest speaker at LCDF-Hanoi’s webinar, sharing with students tips for a successful portfolio.

What our alumni say about the foundation programme?

Elisabeth Donnan is a UK student who wanted to study arts and design but she didn't have a portfolio for application. She decided to fly to Vietnam and studied foundation programme at LCDF - Hanoi. At the end of the course, she found her strength in motion graphic design and sent her application to study at Kingston University, London. She got a place to study BA (Hons) Animation at this university.

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Elisabeth made an interesting video about her journey to Vietnam and joined foundation programme at LCDF-Hanoi.

Phan Thuy Trang is now a student at Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, USA (FIT). She completed an international foundation programme at LCDF – Hanoi, then went to the US for her further study.

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A work of Phan Thuy Trang when she was at LCDF-Hanoi’s foundation programme

Not everyone can enter or graduate easily at LCDF-Hanoi, but also thanks to the strictness, the design training programmes at LCDF - Hanoi have sent hundreds of students to top design schools around the world. LCDF-Hanoi is the ideal place for young people with real passion for design and dream to bring Vietnamse designs to the world.