Foundation in Arts in Malaysia is a pre-university programme designed for students who have decided to pursue further study in fields such as communication, design, education, linguistic and social sciences.

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Course Name & University
HELP University

Foundation in Arts

  • HELP University
  • Kuala Lumpur
Intakes: Jan, Mar, May, Sep
Duration: 1 years
INTI International University

Foundation in Arts

  • INTI International University
  • Negeri Sembilan Selangor
Intakes: Jan, Apr, May, Aug
Duration: 1 years
UCSI University

Foundation in Arts

  • UCSI University
  • Kuala Lumpur Sarawak Terengganu
Intakes: Jan, May, Sep
Duration: 1 years
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Foundation in Arts & Education

  • University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
  • Selangor
Intakes: Apr, Sep
Duration: 1 years
Taylor's University

Foundation in Communication (FICM)

  • Taylor's University
  • Selangor
Intakes: Jan, Mar, Jul
Duration: 1 years
UCSI University

Foundation in Music

  • UCSI University
  • Kuala Lumpur
Intakes: Jan, May, Sep
Duration: 1 years
KDU University College

Foundation Studies (Art and Technology)

  • KDU University College
  • Selangor
Intakes: Jan, Mar, May, Sep
Duration: 1 years
Sunway University

Sunway Foundation in Arts

  • Sunway University
  • Selangor Perak
Intakes: Jan, Mar, Jul, Sep
Duration: 1 years

Complete Guide to Foundation in Arts in Malaysia

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What is Foundation in Arts?

Foundation in Arts in Malaysia can be pursued by students who have graduated with SPM, O Level or Year 11 qualification. This pre-university programme has continuous assessments, where the final grade is awarded from a combination of examinations and coursework.

This programme provides students with a firm base in relevant Art subjects such as communication, language and design. Students who are certain to pursue an undergraduate degree in these fields will benefit from having a focused approach to their pre-university programme.

As each programme is set by the university it is administered from, it is only recognised in its own university and some other local private universities. Thus, while students can and often do switch institutions after their foundations, it is strongly recommended that students choose to study this course in the same university they plan to pursue their undergraduate study.


How is Foundation in Arts structured?

Students can expect a 50% of coursework (quizzes, presentations) and 50% examinations. The ratio of marks allocated to examinations and coursework differ from one university to the other.


Why study Foundation in Arts in Malaysia?

Students considering to enrol in this programme should know that:

  • Students are "guaranteed" entry into relevant degrees in the same university upon completion.
  • Foundation in Arts is faster and cheaper compared to other pre-university courses.
  • Subjects are directly relevant to the degree programme.


Is Foundation in Arts your ideal choice?


This programme is definitely for you if...

  • You want to study language and communication.
  • You want to study design and fine arts.
  • You know exactly which university you plan to study in.


You can consider this course if...

  • You are from the art stream in high school and not sure what to study.
  • You dislike / are not good at taking exams.
  • You are looking to get a Bachelor's Degree as quickly as possible.

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This course might not be suitable for you if...

  • You want to study business related degrees.

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This programme is definitely not for you if...

  • You are not sure of what to study.
  • You want to pursue medicine, engineering or mathematical degrees.


Subjects available in Foundation in Arts

Subjects offered in Foundation in Arts in Malaysia differ based on institutions and corresponding pathways. However a sample of subject offerings based on study pathway can be observed in the table below.

Subject Specialisations by Pathway
Core Subjects Mathematics English Critical Thinking
Design Pathway Design Theory Digital Photography Media Production
Social Science International Relations Philosophy Global Issues
Language Pathway Politics & Media Writing Skills English Literature


Do you have to take Mata Pelajaran Pengajian Umum (MPU) subjects?

Both local and international students will need to take the MPU subjects as mandated by the Ministry of Education (MOE) Malaysia. MPU subjects will be part of your academic semester but does not contribute to your final grade.


Entry requirements of Foundation in Arts in Malaysia

  • Generally, this programme requires a minimum of 5 C's (including English) in SPM / O Level with compulsory passes in both Bahasa Malaysia and Sejarah (History).
  • Depending on the subjects that you would like to enrol in, credits may be required for certain relevant subjects in your SPM / O Level.


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