Designed to help you develop academic and communications skill and learn essential design theory and how to apply practical skills in drawing, illustration and graphic design.

Designed to help you develop academic and communications skill and learn essential design theory and how to apply practical skills in drawing, illustration and graphic design.

Swinburne Foundation Studies (Design)

R/010/3/0457 (04.12.2022) | MQA/SWA0069

Swinburne Design courses offer students a broad and coherent body of knowledge in the area of multimedia design. Our courses combine theory and practice for various problem-solving applications used in the creative media industry. Students will be trained to understand how to utilize the design process to harness their creative and problem solving skills. Students will also be familiarized with a wide array of industry-relevant technical skills in order to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to work on industry- relevant projects.

January, April, June, September, October


1 year

Course details

Course structure

The course provides students with a strong foundation of necessary academic and communication skills, knowledge and technical skills in the Design stream. It serves as a pathway to direct entry to the Sarawak campus and to specific undergraduate courses at the Australian campuses.

Units of study

Core units

  • FCL10001 Academic and Communication Skills A
  • FCL10003 Innovation and Change
  • FST10013 Multimedia
  • FCT10010 Information Technology
  • FCE10020 Introductory Mathematics
  • FCL10002 Academic and Communication Skills B
  • FSD10040 Design Studies

Elective units

  • FSB10033 Marketing
  • FST10012 Mathematics for Computing
  • FST10014 Programming
  • FST10011 Fundamentals of Web Technology



The Swinburne Foundation Studies, through the delivery of the Business, Design, Engineering/Science and Information Technology/Multimedia majors are a pathway for students to enter the relevant degree courses in Sarawak or Australia. Students who complete the Foundation program and meet Swinburne Melbourne’s faculty entry requirements may apply for entry to those faculties.

Students must complete Introductory Mathematics to articulate into the following Degree:

  • Business (Accounting)
  • Business (Accounting and Finance)
  • Business (Finance)
  • Information and Communication Technology

Students must complete Mathematics for Computing to articulate into the following Degree:

  • Computer Science

Students are highly recommended to complete Programming to articulate to the following Degree:

  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Computer Science

Fees & scholarships


Malaysian students
International students

* The indicative course fees shown here applies to students studying on-campus in Malaysia for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student’s study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.


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Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Completion of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or recognised school leaving certificate.

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English Requirements

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Application process

Apply for this course by following the step-by-step process from the links below.

Career opportunities

With further studies, graduates may become equipped for careers in areas such as communication design (graphic design), digital media design (multimedia design), film and television, interior design and industrial design.

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