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Graphic Arts - Foundation Degree (FdA)

  • Validated by:
    University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

  • UCAS code: W210
  • Institutional code: H65


As an undergraduate on our Foundation Degree in Graphic Arts, you will learn the key principles that define graphic arts, amongst them the skill of seeing, translating what you see and developing your thoughts through a design process.

The course will facilitate the discovery and development of your strengths within the design arena, helping you choose a preferred specialism in either; graphic design, illustration, advertising, motion graphic design, brand consultancy, design consultancy, or studio management.

This programme consists of practical projects covering multiple modules, with a self-initiated final major project that will be displayed at the end of course exhibition. The course allows you to develop individuality, experiment with innovative ways of creative and visual thinking, explore the breadth of possibilities within art and design in 2 and 3 dimensions, and pursue a sustained investigation into your chosen specialism.

At the centre of the course will be the ‘Design Studio’, a real-life working environment, where undergraduates will work on ‘live’ and realistic briefs, to industry standard deadlines, as well as liaising with clients and staff to underpin professional learning. The course will help develop confidence and competence to communicate design solutions, through both print-based and new media graphic disciplines. Personal and professional development will provide opportunities for students to develop a range of skills, techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in a working life environment.

What topics/modules are covered?

Core modules include:


Year 1:

  • Introduction into Graphic Design
  • Historical Contextual Studies
  • Creative Thinking
  • Responsive Professional Practice


Year 2:

  • Professional Practice and Work Based Projects
  • Contemporary Contextual Studies
  • Ideas in Context
  • Pathway Investigation Module

What are the entry requirements?

160 UCAS points (64 points under the new tariff), usually gained through:

  • BTEC National Diploma in Graphic Design or similar art qualification;
  • A Levels including at least one Art and Design related subject
  • GNVQ Advanced in Art and Design;
  • Access to Higher Education qualification in a relevant subject
  • Relevant design qualifications either 'AS' and 'A2' level, BTEC National Diploma, or GNVQ (level 3) or an equivalent qualification in relevant areas
View Additional Entry and Selection Criteria

What can I do if I complete this course?

All students who successfully complete this degree will be offered a guaranteed interview for the BA (Hons) Top up in Graphic Arts at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, they may wish to progress directly into their chosen career.


Career Path

On successful completion of this qualification, potential career paths may include:

  • graphic design
  • illustration
  • motion graphics
  • web based media
  • publication
  • advertising

Duration

Two years, full time
 or three years, part time

Contacts

Primary contact:
Andrew Jones
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext 5514 or email: andrew.jones2@hughbaird.ac.uk

Other contact:
Shirley Brown
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext 5542 or email: shirley.brown@hughbaird.ac.uk


Cost

You don’t need to pay your tuition fees up front – Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England. They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than £21,000 per year. Student Loans will also help to support your living costs.

For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

The standard full time tuition fee rate for this course in 2017/18 and 2018/19 for Home and EU students is:

  • £8,000 per year

The standard part time tuition fee rate for 2017/18 and 2018/19 for Home and EU students is:

  • £1,000 per 20 credit module

The University Centre’s tuition fees are reviewed each academic year.


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