Foundation in Arts JPT/BPP(MQA/FA6536)11/20


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The Foundation in Arts (FIA) programme is designed to produce students to qualify for their undergraduate studies in the field of art.  The program is conducted in 3 semesters where all core subjects are taught during Semester 1 and Semester 2.  In Semester 3, students will choose elective courses from the following:

  • Communication
  • Education
  • Psychology

The Foundation in Arts is also a unique foundation programme that combines courses with IT, English and Management to give students a solid foundation in their studies while at the same time, opening their minds to other related and relevant knowledge. Such exposure to a wider spectrum of academic material will provide students an integrated learning experience of how each and every one of these related disciplines impinges upon the working environment.


Programme Aims


  • To provide good quality Pre-University qualification with a broad and balanced curriculum that prepares students to meet the demands of undergraduate study.
  • To equip students with critical thinking and independent learning skills relevant to the need of the modern world.
  • To train students to be strong analytical problem solvers who are able to operate within an ethical framework.
  • To provide students with excellent communication skills in both written and verbal contexts.
  • To equip students with sufficient knowledge that will assist them to satisfy admission requirements for the higher education.

Programme Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Identify, analyse, evaluate and apply basic theoretical perspective in the field of arts.
  • Conceptualise and coordinate ideas, and execute decisions related to basic principles in the field of arts based on an understanding of holistic education principles.
  • Communicate their ideas effectively and present using visual, oral and written presentation skills relevant to their fields.
  • Critically evaluate theoretical and evidence based arguments and situations confidently.

Educational Pathways for Foundation in Arts Students


The unique combination of subjects in this programme allows for greater flexibility in the choice of a degree programme. After successfully completing the foundation programme, students can choose to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in any one of the following disciplines in QIUP: Corporate Communication, Mass Communication, Psychology, Early Childhood Education, Special Needs Education and Psychology.

University Courses
  • Fundamental English
  • Computer Applications
  • Critical Thinking
  • Co-curriculum
Core Courses
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Personal Development
  • Principles of Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Social Behavior
  • Social Media and Networking
  • Introduction to Event Management
Elective Courses
  • Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Media Cultural Studies
  • Media, Technology and Society
  • Principles of Education
  • Learning Strategies & Study Skills
  • Leadership in Education
  • Fundamentals of Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Sociology
  • Principles of Counselling
  • Introduction to Creative Studies
  • Pass SPM or equivalent qualifications approved by the University Senate and Ministry of Higher Education with credits in any five (5) subjects.
  • Pass ‘O’ Levels with credits in any five (5) subjects.

3 intakes in a year (April, July and September)


Mode of Study: Full-time


Duration: 1 year


Students’ ability is gauged through both continuous assessments and final examinations. The continuous assessment component comprises of a combination of three or more of the following:

  • mid-term examination
  • assignments & presentations,
  • tutorials
  • projects

These assessment accounts for an allocation of about 40% to 50% depending on the subject. The balance of the marks is allocated for the final examination. However, for Computer Application, the assessment will cover 100% on assignments and tests. No Final Examination for this course.