About this course
On this course you will develop thorough grounding in the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required for a career in graphic design.
The strong emphasis throughout the course is on creativity and practical work. You will be challenged to experiment with advanced projects in art and design in an imaginative and considered way. You will work with both given and self-defined briefs to create a portfolio of art and design work.
You will be given an opportunity to explore different areas of graphic design, such as, digital imaging, corporate design, contextual referencing, typography and idea generation techniques. You will also develop a critical awareness of the historical and professional issues relevant to graphic design practice.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical laboratory sessions. You will be working in teams to simulate industry practice and further enhance your transferable skills. Your studies will be supported by trips to galleries, museums and exhibitions.
You will be assessed through individual and group projects, visual and oral presentations and written assignments.
If you are under 21 years of age at the start of the course, you must have at least one of the following:
- At least one GCE A-level pass. In addition, you should have appropriate supporting passes at GCSE (including English and Maths at grade C or above) or Key Skills Level 2 qualifications in communication, IT and Application of Number or equivalent.
- A Level 3 qualification such as: BTEC level 3 Diploma, National Diploma, Advanced GNVQ/NVQ, AVCE/VCE, Foundation Certificate in a relevant subject
- Access to Higher Education in a relevant subject
- Advanced Modern Apprenticeship with Level 3 qualifications in a relevant subject
- Baccalaureate/International Baccalaureate
- An equivalent foreign qualification
- Any other level 3 qualification in a relevant subject
If you are over 21 years of age, you may demonstrate a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include relevant work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.
For Year 2 applicants - successful completion of Year 1 or HNC; In addition, any prior learning and experience may be taken into consideration and appropriate accreditation of prior learning may be granted on the submission of the required evidence.
International students (Tier 4 visa): a UKBA recognised English qualification at CEFR level B1, for example, Pearson PTE, IELTS, TOEFL IBT and University of Cambridge Examinations. In addition, all international students will be interviewed either face-to-face or on Skype.