Design Foundation Programme


The Design Foundation Programme can prepare you for the rest of your professional career. Choosing to study a design degree at AOD, whether it’s fashion design and textile, fashion marketing and design, interior design, graphic design, or animation, it’s vital that it’s a conscious and informed decision. 

This programme helps young aspiring designers get a taste of different design disciplines and understand the reality of the work nature before they begin. It’s undoubtedly a great place to start.

DURATION: 8 months 


The foundation Programme allows students to develop the skills they need to succeed in tertiary design education. In the eight months of the programme, students will be learning observational drawing, mixed media, composition and design, art history, design process, colour theory, life drawing, design thinking, and many others. 

The programme covers everything from design thinking and practices during which learn the design fundamentals to the zeitgeist class where they learn designer 'must-knows' from the past and the present. 

Sketchbook and Journal Development 

It is a place of complete inspiration and full of exciting drawings, thoughts and scribbles. The best things can come from a very small sketch of an idea; the smallest and quickest ideas can grow into huge concepts and great design.

Design Thinking and Realization 

Students will be exposed to new ways of thinking and approaching design. Through lectures on the fundamental building blocks of design, students will learn the necessary skills to advance to the first year of the design course. 

The Zeitgeist 

In this module, you will be required to detail what inspires you. Understanding, investigating will even drive you to a better level of thinking and allow you to explore new and exciting ideas, resulting in a unique creative impact. 

The Language of Design 

This module will prepare the students to step into their first year with confidence and equipped with the knowledge and strategies to achieve the best from university learning. 

Visual Style and Illustration 

Comprehension of the fundamentals of illustration is very important. The illustration is a personal exploration, and everyone has their own style of exploring visual styles, covering photography, mixed media, observational drawings, collage etc. 

World of Design Works

Through this module, students will be exposed to many experts from different backgrounds and disciplines from all over the design and fine art world. Students will have two three-hour workshops with each design expert. 

International students

We welcome students from around the world and understand that our international students may have special requirements, email us at