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International Foundation Programme in Liberal Arts

We are very excited to announce the launch of the International Foundation Programme for the Liberal Arts. International students at DLD will now have the opportunity to have a broad-based but rigorous arts education, enabling them to apply to humanities courses at top British universities.
WHAT IS THE LIBERAL ARTS FOUNDATION PROGRAMME?

This is a level 3 course suitable for international students as an alternative to A-levels and other pathways for direct university entrance.
 
The one-year Liberal Arts IFP will develop your specific knowledge of a range of subjects in the humanities which you can then study further at degree level. The key skills component of the course, consisting of Maths, ICT and Research and Presentation, gives you the opportunity to acquire the language and study skills to make the transition from your own educational system to the UK’s.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Liberal Arts is for you if you are:
 
• Academically ambitious
• Actively enjoy encountering new subjects, fresh perspectives and approaches
• Have a lively and critical mind
• Prefer interdisciplinary study to single-subject

WHAT WILL I BE STUDYING?

The DLD Level 3 International Foundation Programme for the Liberal Arts/Humanities consists of the following Units:
 
UNIT ONE: STRAND ONE: ANALYSING LANGUAGE (12.5%)
 
Section A: History of the English Language
Beginning with the origins of the language and ending with the advent of the internet and social media, this section will give you an overview of the historical events and social and cultural trends which have changed the grammatical structure, vocabulary and sounds of English.
 
Section B: Contemporary English
You will study a variety of contemporary written or spoken texts: scripted speeches, drama texts, emails, social media, letters, diaries, transcripts of authentic spontaneous speech, the new “visual language” of digital media such as the use of emojis.
 
You will be required to apply relevant linguistic terms and concepts to different texts, comparing and contrasting them in terms of purpose, audience, context and medium used.
 
Assessment Method: Written Exam
 
UNIT ONE: STRAND TWO: INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA, POETRY AND PROSE (12.5%)
 
This is an introduction to the three genres of English Literature: drama, poetry and prose. Reading passages from plays, extracts from novels and complete poems you will develop the ability to discuss and write on a wide variety of literary texts, using an appropriate critical and academic register.
 
The assessment consists of two parts:
 
• Section A: a presentation to the group on a text you have chosen
• Section B: writing a 1,500-word assignment on a set text
 
Assessment Method: Presentation and Written Assignment
 
UNIT TWO: STRAND ONE: EXPLORING EUROPEAN HISTORY THROUGH PAINTING, SCULPTURE AND ARCHITECTURE (12.5%)
 
Studying great paintings, sculpture and buildings gives us an insight into the thoughts and feelings, superstitions and beliefs, attitudes and values, politics and economics of past societies. Approaching European history through great works of art is the kind of interdisciplinary approach Liberal Arts degrees foster.
 
You will be given a firm grounding in art history terminology – the “grammar” if you like of the subject. This will give you the language and the necessary skills to enable you to analyse works of art in a technical and academic fashion.
 
Assessment Method: Written Exam
 
UNIT TWO: STRAND TWO: EUROPEAN STUDIES/FILM (12.5%)
 
The aim of this unit is to provide you with a foundation in the analysis of film, the major art form of the twentieth century. You will learn subject specialist language and acquire the tools to be able analyse films on a technical and cinematic level as well as on a thematic one. Each film selected will give you an insight into the language, culture and society from which it came.
 
We have selected examples of national cinema – Spanish, Italian, German and French – because they provide a unique window into the life of their respective countries.
 
Each film has a particular focus/theme. By studying a range of film forms and film styles, you will acquire understanding of not only of the conventions and history of cinema but also the attitudes and values of different European countries.
 
Assessment Method: Written Assignment
 
UNIT THREE: STRAND ONE: RELIGION AND SOCIETY (12.5%)
 
Section A
 
You will study the teachings of some of great religious leaders like Jesus, Muhammad, Luther, and Gandhi, giving you an insight into how religious beliefs and politics combine to create incredibly powerful agents of change.
 
You will look at religion’s role in:
 
• the formation of the European empires of Spain, Portugal and Britain
• the creation of great literature, art, architecture and music
• the conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Indian sub-continent, Israel/Palestine
• the on-going “culture wars” of present-day America
 
Section B
 
In this component you will be introduced to three key theories about religion’s role in the formation of society and culture:
 
• Karl Marx’s theories about religion’s role in the formation of capitalist society and the maintenance of the status quo.
• Emile Durkheim’s theories about religion’s role in creating social order.
• Max Weber’s theories about the role religion has played in the rise of capitalism and the Protestant work ethic.
 
Assessment Method: Written Exam
 
UNIT THREE: STRAND TWO: PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS (12.5%)
 
This strand will introduce you to some of the greatest and most influential thinkers, ranging from the distant past up to the present-day:
 
• Classical thinkers: Socrates and Plato
• the Christian theologians: Augustine and Aquinas
• Enlightenment thinkers: Hume and Rousseau
• Modern-masters: Nietzsche and Freud
• Contemporary scientists: Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins
 
You will engage with these thinkers and philosophers in order to think for yourself about such philosophical and ethical questions as:
 
• To what extent is human behaviour determined?
• Is the universe created?
• What is meant by “goodness?”
• Do I have a soul?
• Is there a human nature?
• What is the mind?
• Why care for the environment?
• Should animals have rights?
• Can you be a scientist and still believe in religion?
• What is the future of religion?
 
Assessment Method: Written Assignment

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The assessment consists of a combination of exams, written assignments and presentations. At the end of each term there is an exam on the unit studied and a written assignment to be completed. These are marked internally. If you do not achieve a high-percentage score in one of the units, the modular structure of the course allows you to retake it.

PROGRESSION

A one-year IFP in the Liberal Arts provides a fast-track entry into university, an attractive alternative to a two-year A-level course. A high percentage score will get you a place at some of the UK’s top Russell Group universities, institutions of international standing and prestige.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need a good level of spoken and written English, an IELTS score of at least six in all areas in order to meet the demands of this programme. You will be writing extended essays, giving presentations and conducting seminars as part of your assessment, so essay-writing and speaking skills are important requirements.

Liberal Arts International Foundation Programme

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