International Year Zero - Arts and Humanities

Our International Year Zero – Arts and Humanities enables you to understand a range of areas. You will develop your communication and creative skills whilst taking specific modules relating to your further degree study.

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The International Year Zero (IYZ) is the first year of a 4-year International Incorporated Bachelors (IIB). Your first year is taught at the University of Kent International College (UK IC). Once you successfully complete this year, you will continue studying the remaining stages of your degree at the University of Kent.

During the three terms encapsulating the IYZ, you’ll gain additional skills in your chosen study route and the necessary English language skills to succeed during your studies.

*April programme subject to academic approval

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 years degree

Start Dates

April | January | September

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
January and September IELTS score requirement is 5.5 with no less that 5.5 in any component / Oxford ELLT 5
April IELTS score requirement is 6.0 with no less that 5.5 in any component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge for your chosen field of study.

Course Modules

This module introduces theories of intercultural communication including the role played by verbal and non-verbal communication, stereotyping and the role of the media. You will consider barriers and develop strategies to ensure effective communication.

This module introduces different modes of creative practice, practitioners and the factors that inform their creative work. Topics will include representation, cultural value, audiences, textual analysis, and the role played by artistic institutions and the media.

This module introduces and develops topics associated with the study of architecture. You will learn about key periods of architectural design, technical drawing through 2D and 3D approaches, and consider the relationship between technology and creative practice.

This module is only applicable to students progressing onto:

  • Architecture

This module introduces and develops topics associated with the further study of architecture and consider the wider built environment. You will learn about how humans inhabit their environment, form and function, and the skills required to develop and deliver an architectural brief.

This module is only applicable to students progressing onto:

  • Architecture

This module considers the origins and development of the discipline of sociology.  It investigates a range of approaches, theories and interpretations that seek to explain how society operates, and to understand how these explanations inform the broader social sciences and theories of culture and communication.

This module is only applicable to students progressing onto:

  • Media

This module will explore and develop audio or visual ideas relevant to a selected creative discipline.  You will apply a range of digital production skills and learn how to respond to a creative brief.

This module is only applicable to students progressing onto:

  • Media

Available Degrees

BA (Hons)
Communication happens through still and moving images, spoken and written words, music, drawing and animation. In the 21st century the boundaries between these forms have blurred. On this programme, you examine how old and new media are creating meaning today and using our first-class resources to create work of your own.
BA (Hons)
Architects imagine new environments and think about how people want to live in the 21st century. They consider how those environments can be created to achieve a sustainable future. If you have vision, enjoy challenging yourself and are looking to kick-start your career, study architecture at Kent.

As DMUIC is situated in England’s most vibrant and multicultural city, I had the opportunity to make friends from different countries. The most amazing thing was that the DMUIC staff including all teachers and the office persons were very motivational and welcoming. They provide the best routes for study to every individual.”

Syed Asim Hussain Pakistan, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I’ve enjoyed studying at DMUIC, the tutors are excellent and have helped me settle into life as a university student. They are also really supportive and have helped myself and other students with other issues outside of the classroom such as accommodation.

Nafisa Bangladesh, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I have successfully progressed onto my degree course at the University of Bradford because of UBIC's reliable policies and teaching programme. To the new students, those who just started their foundation at Bradford International College, I must say you are going to pass the class, the only thing required is your attention and leave the rest on UBIC's staff because they are the one that are going to lead you to a brilliant future as it is a pathway to success.

Shoaib Khan Pakistan, University of Bradford International College (UBIC)

I have a lot of international friends here at BUIC, and I’ve learnt so much from them. There is always a lot to do together both on and off-campus.

Sagar Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

I would recommend UGIC because it is based on the main University of Greenwich campus, a cosmopolitan university. At UGIC, there are students from all around the world, and I've made a lot of friends from exciting places."

Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

I think one of the main reasons the IIM (pre-masters) has been so helpful is because the staff are so supportive and are always able to help me. Whether it is understanding a module or finding out how to sort accommodation, they will help you with everything. I’ve enjoyed studying at Bangor, the people are friendly, and the environment is also really peaceful and safe. It’s given me the best opportunity to succeed in my studies here in the UK.

Tong Tong China, Bangor University International College (BUIC)