Multidisciplinary. Flexible.
Stimulating independence and creativity.

Foundation studies and foundation in arts are focused, one year programs of study that aim to prepare students for entry into a university level degree program. 

These programs provide students with a strong foundation and help students to adapt to university life, not just in terms of knowledge level but in the education and learning styles as well. 

What will I gain from a Foundation Studies Program?

You will be able to improve your academic skills and performance. 

Foundation studies, also known as foundation courses, are designed to prepare students for university-level education. By taking on courses that interest you, you’ll have the opportunity to develop and practise academic writing, independent study, and research skills, as well as time management skills that will be essential for your future success in your chosen bachelor’s degree program.

You will be able to choose a stream that you are passionate about. Our Foundation Studies program covers several fields. This allows students to get started on subject areas that interest them and decide whether or not they later want to pursue tertiary education in that field. For example, there are foundation streams in Business, Communication, Computing, Digital Media, Hospitality, and Game Development.

You will have the opportunity to adjust to a tertiary education environment. 

By completing a foundation program at UOW Malaysia, students are better prepared for the rigours of university-level education and can make a smooth transition into their chosen degree program.

The course allows you the time to adjust to tertiary education before you actually do your degree. This means you will already know your way around campus, have a rough idea of what to expect in the subjects that you want to pursue and be well adjusted to university schedules even before your bachelor degree program starts!


Why do Foundation Studies / Foundation in Arts at UOW Malaysia?

The UOW Malaysia’s Foundation Studies (Art and Technology) is a one-year multidisciplinary foundation program aimed at preparing students for further study in the fields of:

Foundation Studies Foundation in Arts
  • Game development
  • Computing
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Hospitality


These flexible foundation studies ensures students are grounded with a strong grasp of core subjects according to their choice of programs at degree level, as well as a variety of other subjects to give them a broad-based education platform. It also helps them to explore new methods and ideas, as well as skills and concepts, to encourage independent and critical thinking. Upon completion, students will be able to articulate seamlessly into various degree programs, offered at UOW Malaysia.


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Program information

The challenging world of business is more demanding now than ever. Managing changes, crisis, risks and human resource demands creativity and speed in getting solutions to problems. A good foundation in the fundamentals of management is crucial. Entrepreneurial skills are no longer an option but a requisite. Choosing a relevant business degree with all the requirements is essential. At UOW Malaysia, our business degrees provide you with no less than what you require to succeed in the world of international business.


The Business School prides itself on the highest standard of teaching, research and our close links to industry, all of which lead to the development of high caliber graduates with employability.


The Business school curriculum connects with the world of commerce aiming to maximise employment for our graduates. Our academic staff are research active and engage in industry, which contribute and enhance the students learning experience.


The School increases the engagement of students in their own education by having students put their learning into practice. Our students are actively involved in testing their business acumen with enterprising schemes and entrepreneurial projects, all of which contribute to preparing you for the business environment.

1 year
Program Location
UOW Malaysia KDU University College, Utropolis Glenmarie

Total of 16 modules
(6 compulsory modules)

  • Creative Studies
  • Fundamentals of Information Technology
  • Foundation English/ Critical Writing and Research Skills
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Sociology

Game Art / Game Design / Digital Media
(7 modules)

  • Design Practice
  • Design Studies
  • Media Appreciation
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Multimedia
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Drawing 1&2
  • Introduction to Management


Game Technology / Computing

  • Design Studies
  • Information System
  • Introduction to Multimedia
  • Mathematics 1, 2 & 3
  • Programming Logic and Design
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Marketing


Business / Communication / Hospitality/ Law
(7 modules)

  • Information System
  • Introduction to Management
  • Statistic
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Fundamental of Contract Law
  • Fundamental of English Legal System
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Multimedia
  • Media Appreciation
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Design Practice
  • Pengajian Malaysia 1 (Malaysian Students)
  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1 (International Students)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Study Skills
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A*

Bahasa Kebangsaan A is compulsory for all Malaysian students

  • without a credit in SPM Bahasa Malaysia.
  • without SPM Bahasa Malaysia (applicable to students from UEC, O Level, or other equivalent programmes)

Intake dates


30 January 6 March 26 May 3 July 8 September 16 October
Estimated fees
Local students


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International students


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* Terms and Conditions Apply
* Instalment Payment Plan Available

Academic Qualification

SPM / O Levels :
Min. 5 Credits (5Cs)


Min. 3 Credits (3Bs)


Home Schooling with SAT :
Pass Year 11 and SAT score of 1050 over 1600


In addition to the above mentioned requirements, students must fulfil the certain other requirements in order to continue to specific degree programs.

English Requirement

Local Student :
Credit (SPM / 1119 / UEC / O-Levels English)


International Student :
Band 4.0 in IELTS; or a min score of 30 (IBT) or 397 (PBT) in TOEFL; or Cambridge English CAE & CPE (from 2015) (140); or PTE Academic (36); or MUET Band 2; or UOW Malaysia KDU English Entrance Test (60)


If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at UOW Malaysia KDU.


Foundation Studies / Foundation in Arts FAQ

1. What are foundation studies?

Foundation studies is a pre-university program offered by institutions of higher learning designed to prepare students for the subjects and courses they will be undertaking during their degree.

2. What are foundation studies equivalent to?

Foundation courses in Malaysia are usually equivalent to A-Levels, STPM, Matriculation, AUSMAT, and International Baccalaureate. However, in terms of focus, courses such as a foundation in arts allow students the opportunity to explore subjects that they are interested in even before they enrol in a degree program. 

3. Is Foundation better than A levels?

Both foundation courses and A levels have their pros and cons. As such, it depends on the student. 

For example, more academically inclined students may do better in A levels as it is exam-based. On the other hand, if you are sure of the interest and field you want to pursue and dive straight into, a foundation year may be more beneficial.

4. What are the advantages of pursuing a foundation program?

There are several advantages to pursuing a foundation program, including:

  • It’s a fast-track program with a 1-year duration.
  • You’ll get a head start on your degree through a focused syllabus.
  • It’s a direct pathway to a wide range of degrees.
  • You’ll be better prepared academically for your university degree.
  • You’ll get a feel of what it’s like to study at a university.

5. How long do Foundation Studies programs typically last?

Foundation studies programs typically last one year, although some may last for a shorter or longer period depending on the institution and program.