The Foundation Studies of MIA strongly emphasizes the understanding and appreciation of art fundamentals and the application of these fundamentals in various disciplines of art and design.

The Department endeavours to nurture the students with a strong foundation for their eventual pursuits in specialized courses in Graphic Design, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Textile & Fashion Design, Fine Art and Illustration.

As a whole, the main functions of Foundation Studies are
  • To provide the students with an understanding and appreciation of the fundamental elements and principles of all artistic expression and the forces inherent in these elements and principles.
  • To provide training in basic techniques, methods, skills and concepts which are necessary for the artistic growth in the visual and plastic arts.

Duration of Foundation Studies: One Semester

All Diploma students are required to complete their first semester in Foundation Studies except for Diploma in Music.


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Foundation Studies Course Structures
Studio Subjects :
  • Art & Design Fundamentals
  • 3-Dimensional Studies
  • Drawing 1
  • Painting 1
  • Interior Design 1
  • Graphic Design 1
Major Subjects :
  • Interior Design 1(ID majors)
  • Graphic Design 1 (GD & ILLUS majors)
  • Painting 1(FA, FT, IN, ILLUS majors)

Theory Subjects :
  • Malaysian Studies
  • History of Art 1
  • English
Life in MIA
Campus Life
MIA is a community of lively young artists in the making. At MIA, students will find themselves experiencing and exploring new creative forms, expressions of various kind of arts and skills that will contribute to their future careers. To enhance the live and learn experience, we provide an ideal hands-on learning environment, classrooms and facilities for our students as well as living facilities closer to campus. We house our students at hostels and apartment units which is walking distance to the campus. This will reduce the cost of transportation and save commuting time. With students staying nearby, it is also more convenient for them to utilize campus facilities and get together for group projects. With the growing numbers of amenities around the campus and an upcoming mall, MIA is located in an area where students can truly live and learn to the fullest. stage. These are the benefits of studying in MIA, and I am proud to be the alumni of this great college.”