The newly revised streamed Foundation program

The newly revised streamed Foundation program

RMIT Training is proud to offer international students a revitalised Foundation Studies program in 2022.

The newly revised streamed Foundation program focuses on the development of critical thinking skills and digital and information literacies. The use of interdisciplinary themes in all courses enables students to think deeply about ideas and concepts. The introduction of cross disciplinary electives allows students to consider ideas from different perspectives and explore and apply knowledge and skills from different disciplines, leading to greater creativity and engagement. 

Maxine Sahhar, Executive Director Academic for RMIT Training said, “The curriculum review team drew on their passion for teaching and learning to reimagine, repurpose and reposition our offering to benefit students on their university learning journey.” 

Foundation Studies is chosen by international students all over the world as their pathway to higher education at RMIT University. 

In an ever-changing world navigating its way through the global COVID-19 pandemic, the subsequent instability in the international education sector caused by international border closures, has meant that educational institutions must adapt to demand. 

In a competitive market, it was important to listen to our key stakeholders and create a program developing students for tertiary engagement as well as building employability skills required for modern ways of working. It is important to ensure RMIT Foundation Studies course offerings are relevant and that assessments require students to apply knowledge to real world situations. 

The decision to reassess the program coincided with RMIT’s planned formal cycle of review. During the review process, the new Foundation Program Standards 2021 were released. The RMIT Training Foundation Studies program is the first Foundation program to be assessed against these new standards.

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In previous years, RMIT delivered a standard generalist program and three standard streamed programs – Art, Design and Architecture, Business and Science, Engineering and Health. This has now been streamlined into one standard Foundation program with six streams.

Margaret Dawson, Associate Director Quality Assurance and Standards, believes the new structure will give students the best possible preparation for their university experience. “We've created a program which allows specialisation in a discipline whilst at the same time allowing a choice in cross disciplinary electives. Our international students can now connect with more of their peers as they transition to university, developing stronger friendship groups and networks.”  

All Foundation Studies students will now undertake two core English courses, four discipline specific courses and two cross disciplinary electives. 

There are six streams to choose from: 

1. Art, Design and Architecture 

2. Business 

3. Communication and Social Context 

4. Engineering and Science 

5. Health  

6. Information Technology (IT)

“I’m extremely proud of the team and the program we have created. It was a huge undertaking, and the team embraced the opportunity to produce an innovative course with an efficient approach," Maxine said.

For more information on the refreshed Foundation Studies course for 2022, visit the Foundation Studies page on the university's website or contact the team here

26 April 2022


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