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The Foundation in Arts (FIA) programme is a sturdy base for students to build their future pursuits. Students are assured that the modules are benchmarked to the undergraduate level to provide students with the skills that will empower them to navigate the complexities of arts-related field.

Foundation in Arts

Students will not only learn the fundamental principles and skillsets in the arts but they will also be inspired to probe deeply into their creative passions, honing their abilities and discovering new avenues for expression. Our Foundation in Arts programme offers a diverse curriculum that fosters a well-rounded understanding of art disciplines.

This immersive experience not only prepares students for further academic pursuits but also equips them with the creativity and critical thinking skills essential for success in a variety of career paths within the arts and beyond.

Subject to specific entry requirements, students who complete the Foundation in Arts programme will be able to gain entry into IMU or other Malaysian universities as it is an MQA-accredited programme.

The IMU Foundation in Arts programme has 2 intakes across the year so you can choose the time frame that is most suitable for you.

Key Facts


  • Foundation in Arts (IMU)


  • September

total duration

  • 1 year (3 semesters)


Students who have excellent academic achievements in SPM are eligible for IMU’s Foundation in Arts scholarship and bursary. The exact scholarship or bursary offered will vary depending on their results.

Why Study Foundation in Arts at IMU?

High-quality curriculum Benchmarked to international standards

The curriculum within the Foundation in Arts Programme ensures that educational content, teaching approaches and learning results match or exceed the norms of excellence for arts education. This includes developing a curriculum that covers all the subjects relevant to the field of arts, using evidence-based teaching methods to facilitate active learning and critical thinking, establishing specific objectives related to international standards based on measurable outcomes, adopting various assessment strategies as well as incorporating intercultural aspects into this process. Through these standards, the programme seeks to give students challenging and applicable training that will further their careers in arts or lead them into academic practice on an international level.

Direct Pathway into Undergraduate Studies at IMU

The Foundation in Arts programme allows students to take the fast-track route into pursuing Undergraduate programmes at IMU. Designed for excellence through student-centred teaching, international standards, interdisciplinary integration and diverse assessment, it ensures a seamless transition to IMU’s undergraduate studies including Business Administration with Healthcare Management, Digital Health, Psychology and Nursing.


To ensure a smooth transition, students are given conditional offer letters while studying in Foundation in Arts programme. The learners are given a chance to develop a strong academic base during their foundation studies hence being equipped with appropriate skills needed in the courses of interest at the undergraduate level.

Early integration into University Life

Foundation in Arts students at IMU benefit from early integration into university life through various initiatives aimed at fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment. These initiatives include orientation programmes, mentor -mentee programme, extracurricular activities, and engagement with academic support services. By immersing students in university life from the foundation level, IMU encourages social interaction, collaboration, and personal development, enabling students to adapt quickly to the cultural dynamics of higher education. This early integration not only enhances students’ sense of belonging and well-being but also cultivates essential skills such as communication, teamwork, and leadership, setting a strong foundation for their academic and personal success throughout their university journey.

Interaction with academician and Industrial experts

Foundation in Arts students at IMU benefit from regular interaction with both academician and industrial experts, enriching their educational experience and preparing them for future endeavours. These engagements come from various methods, such as guest lectures, workshops, industry panel visits, and collaborative projects. By engaging with academicians, students gain insights into theoretical concepts, and academic trends, fostering critical thinking. Similarly, interaction with industrial experts provides students with practical perspectives, industry insights, and real-world applications of their learning, enhancing their understanding of the professional landscape and career pathways within the arts field. Through these meaningful interactions, IMU empowers Foundation in Arts students to bridge the gap between theory and practice, equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and networks necessary for success in their academic pursuits and future careers.

Personalised Education

The Foundation in Arts Programme at IMU offers personalised education tailored to the individual needs, interests, and aspirations of each student. Through dedicated academic mentors and flexible electives selection for every semester, IMU ensures that students receive personalised guidance and support throughout their academic journey. This allows students to pursue their academic interests, explore diverse learning opportunities, and develop their strengths, fostering a sense of ownership and autonomy in their education. Additionally, personalised education enables IMU to address students’ unique preferences and challenges, empowering them to maximise their potential, achieve academic excellence, and pursue their personal and professional goals with confidence.

Specialised courses

The Foundation in Arts Programme at IMU offers specialised courses designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge and skills in specific areas of the arts field. These specialised courses are tailored to meet the diverse interests and career aspirations of students, covering a range of disciplines such as language, information technology, business, communication and creative arts. Through these courses, students have the opportunity to dive deeper into their areas of interest, explore new perspectives, and develop expertise under the guidance of experienced faculty members. The specialized courses in the Foundation in Arts Programme equip them with the foundational knowledge, critical thinking abilities, and practical skills needed to succeed in their academic and professional endeavours.

Programme Structure

Semester Contents

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
  • Introduction to Business
  • Basic Mathematics
  • English for Academic Purposes*
  • Computing Studies*
    Plus any ONE of the following two options*:
    1) Introduction to Management
    2) Introduction to Psychology
  • Basic Statistics
  • Professional Development and Ethics
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Introduction to Marketing
    Plus any ONE of the following two options*:
    1) Science, Technology and Society
    2) Fundamentals of Finance
  • Sociology and World Culture
  • Thinking skills*
  • Communication and Media
  • Cross Boundary Studies*
    Plus any ONE of the following three options*:
    1) Applied Stats for Data Science Using Python*
    2) Fundamentals of Economics
    3) Psychology in Healthcare*
  • *Your four optional subjects are key to success in your proposed undergraduate course and should be chosen accordingly and as advised by your academic mentors.

Entry Requirement

Academic Requirements

Pass SPM/O-Level or equivalent with 5 credits.

English Requirements – IELTS

Minimum C in SPM/O-Levels English; or IELTS – Overall band score 5.0.

Click here to view Requirements for Undergraduate Conditional Offer.


Please note that achieving the minimum Entry and English requirements as stated does not guarantee you admission into any of IMU’s programmes.

Please refer to our Student Admissions Policy for more information.

Requirements for Undergraduate Conditional Offer

SPM / O-Levels Grades Required

Foundation in Arts Grade Required

Target IMU Degree

Pass SPM/O-Level with 5 credits. Credit in Mathematics and Science and a pass in English at SPM level

cGPA 2.50


Pass SPM/O-Level with 5 credits. Credit in Mathematics in SPM or its equivalent

cGPA of 2.50

Digital Health

Pass with 5Cs in Malay, Mathematics, Science (General
Science/Biology/Chemistry/Physics) and 2 other subjects.
Non-Malaysian can be exempted from Malay and be replaced with
credit in one other subject.

cGPA 2.50


Pass with 5Cs in 5 subjects.
(With a pass in English and Mathematics)

cGPA 2.50

Business Administration with
Healthcare Management

Application and Registration Fees

Fee Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fee 150 500
Registration Fee 300 1,000
Refundable Caution Deposit 1,000 1,000
  • Application fee is payable upon submission of application.
  • Registration fee and refundable caution deposit is payable upon acceptance of the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Office.
  • The fees quoted for partner universities are current estimates only
  • Student must adhere to the Policy on Payment of Fees
  • All tuition and ancillary fees are subject to annual increases, currency exchange rates, and exclusive of levy and bridging fees (if any).
  • All students are required to pay Student Association Fees of RM40 per semester.
  • * Tuition fee is payable by semester.
  • Administration fee is payable together with registration fee.
  • International Student Administration Fee of RM2,400 is applicable to international students

Fee Structure

malaysian student

Total Duration (year) Total Semesters Tuition Fee Per Semester (RM)* Tuition Fee Per Year at IMU (RM)
Foundation in Arts (FIA) 1 3 9,800 29,400

International Student

Total Duration (year) Total Semesters Tuition Fee Per Semester (RM)* Tuition Fee Per Year at IMU (RM)
Foundation in Arts (FIA) 1 3 9,800 29,400
Country Estimated Living Costs
(Per Year)
Exchange Rate
(As of Dec 2023)
Estimated Living Cost (Per Year) Australia AUD 21,000 – AUD 30,000 ≈ RM 65,900 – RM 94,200 AUD 1 ≈ RM3.14
Canada CAD 28,000 ≈ RM 98,000 CAD 1 ≈ RM3.50
China RMB 85,000 ≈ RM 56,100 RMB 1 ≈ RM0.66
Ireland EUR 12,000 ≈ RM 62,000 EUR 1 ≈ RM5.17
New Zealand NZD 22,000 – NZD 26,000 ≈ RM 64,500 – RM 76,200 NZD 1 ≈ RM2.93
United Kingdom GBP 10,000 – 22,700 ≈ RM60,000 – RM 136,200 GBP 1 ≈ RM6.00
United States of America USD 16,000 ≈ RM 75,800 USD 1 ≈ RM4.74
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia RM36,000 RM36,000

Our Team

Dr James Edward Walsh

Director, Centre for Pre-University Studies

PhD (Experimental Physics) (NUI), Master (Experimental Physics) (NUI), Bachelor (Experimental Physics) (NUI)

Sharon Chan Min Hui

Deputy Director

Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics (Major in English)(University of Malaya), MHPE (IMU)

Parkash Mathivanan

Programme Director

B.ed Tesl (Hons) (Unisel), Masters in Corporate Communication (UPM)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration of the programme?

1 year (3 semesters)

What are the entry requirements?

Entry Requirement into IMU FiA

Malaysian Students

Pass SPM/O-Levels with a minimum of 5 credits.


International students
Pass O-Levels equivalent qualification based on MQA guidelines and meet the equivalent requirements.


English Requirements:

SPM or O-Levels: Minimum a credit or Pass in English; or

IELTS: Overall band score of 5.0 or equivalent.

What are the semester contents?

Semester contents are available in the programme brochure.

Who are the IMU FiA teaching staff?

The current IMU FIA team consists of carefully selected, well-qualified and experienced staff with specific skill sets that make them ideal pre-university level academicians. The team has a clear understanding of subsequent undergraduate degree progammes requirements and is assisted in this regard by degree-level academics who also advise the students on their available undergraduate pathways while in the foundation. Our students are well mentored for the exciting career pathways that the FIA programme provides.

How does the IMU FiA give ‘preferred enrolment’ into IMU programmes?

When you enrol for IMU FiA, you will also receive a conditional letter of offer to join certain IMU local undergraduate programmes upon completion of the FiA. The programmes that you will be offered will depend on your entry-level qualification grades (SPM/O-Level) into FiA. This conditional offer will give you preferred entry into an undergraduate programme subject to you meeting ALL other entry requirements of the undergraduate programme. Application fees for the undergraduate programmes will be waived.

NOTE: Meeting all pre-requisite requirements does not guarantee admission to any IMU degree.

Will I have to re-apply for the IMU undergraduate degree after completing my FiA?

The application process would be simplified as FiA students will be required to confirm their selected undergraduate programme during their studies at IMU. Application fees to the undergraduate programme will be waived.

Can I study Psychology with IMU FiA qualification?

YES, the IMU FIS does allow you to pursue a degree in Psychology at IMU with the following conditions:

  • You must achieve the minimum SPM grades at the point of application to FiA (Credit in Mathematics and Science and a pass in English)
  • You must achieve the specified FiA cGPA (2.50). Conditional offers into these programmes will only be given if your cGPA is 3.00 and above.

Is IMU FiA recognised by other universities apart from IMU, either local or international?

IMU’s Foundation in Arts programme serves as the students’ stepping stone into an illuminating experience in the education world and eventually a bright career pathway in the University’s extensive range of undergraduate programmes, those of its international partner universities.

Can a student register for an IMU Partner University credit transfer programme?

Yes, to most of IMU’s Partner University credit transfer programme.

Are there any scholarships available for IMU FiA programme?

Yes, scholarships are available.

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We wish you all the best with your application, and hope we will be welcoming you into one of our programmes soon!

A Word from the Programme Director


Programme Director Foundation in Arts
B.ed Tesl (Hons) (Unisel)
Masters in Corporate Communication (UPM)

The IMU’s Foundation in Arts Programme is a dynamic and comprehensive platform designed to cultivate your creative thinking, analytical skills, and a solid academic foundation. Whether you are pursuing a career in the arts, humanities, or social sciences, this programme serves as a stepping stone for your academic journey. Throughout this course, you will engage with diverse subjects, fostering a broad understanding of various disciplines. Our experienced faculty is committed to guiding you through this transformative phase, equipping you with the essential skills needed for success in your chosen field.

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