Visual Merchandising & Promotional Design - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Optional Integrated Foundation Entry


Approved by:
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Start:
September
Location:
University Centre
Level:
3+
Institution code:
H65
UCAS code:
N242

Course Details

This Foundation Degree with Optional Integrated Foundation Entry is designed for those who want to study for the foundation degree but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start just yet. The foundation entry modules include: Art & Design Studies, Design Investigation, Specialism Skills and Drawing and Image Communication, giving you the opportunity to explore a range of design practices before progressing to Year One of the Foundation Degree in your chosen specialism.

The course goes on to offer an introduction to a range of skills and knowledge in Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design, which include the design process through project briefs, visual merchandising theory and practice, fashion promotion and styling, spatial awareness, 2D and 3D digital design, product presentation and historical contextual studies. In the final year skills are applied in the following areas: ‘live’ briefs, advanced product presentation, fashion promotion, visual merchandising, retail brand identity and promotion, contemporary contextual studies, preparing for industry employment and the designing and installation of a final major project exhibition. ?

The Foundation Degree in Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design will equip you with the vocational skills to apply solutions intelligently and effectively. You will develop a number of computer design skills by using industry software such as AutoCAD and Adobe Creative Suite (CS). Industry experience opportunities are an integral part of this course providing experience of real working life within the design industry. You will be given the opportunity to gain work experience via ‘live’ briefs, realistic project briefs, and industry talks as well as work experience with personal development planning.

You will study a range of core modules, including:

Foundation Entry year:

  • Art & Design Studies
  • Design Investigation
  • Specialism Skills
  • Drawing and Image Communication

FdA Year 1:

  • Visual Merchandising
  • Promotional Design
  • Historical Contextual Studies
  • Digital Solutions

FdA Year 2:

  • Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design
  • Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Contextual Studies
  • Advanced Model Making
  • Drawing and Modelling

NOTE: The foundation entry element of all of our design-related foundation degrees is generic so may be delivered in classes made up of students from any of our design-related foundation degree with integrated foundation entry programmes.

For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.
Three years if studying full time. If you choose to study part time, the programme may take up to five years. Studying full time often only means attending university for up to 3 days per week.
All students who successfully complete this degree may have the opportunity to progress onto Level 6 (Year 3) of the BA (Hons) Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design (Top up) course at Hugh Baird College.

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

  • Visual Merchandising
  • Display Design
  • Fashion Promotion / Promotional Designer
  • Graphic Design
  • Product Stylist

Primary contact:
Donna Wright
Email: donna.wright@hughbaird.ac.uk

Secondary contact:
Delyth Coles
Email: delyth.coles@hughbaird.ac.uk

How much will this course cost me?

Tuition fee loans cover university/college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university/college by Student Finance England, so you don’t need a pot of money up front.

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 a certain amount.

View 2019/20 Fees

It’s never too late to learn

We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

We want to make your university education as flexible and affordable as possible. We offer a number of financial support options to help you go further by staying local. You don’t need to pay for 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. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help support your living costs. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

Yes. We have a dedicated team of staff on hand to help guide you through the admissions process, from selecting the right course, to completing your UCAS application and applying for financial support.

If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email careers@hughbaird.ac.uk.

Important terms, conditions and disclaimer information about our courses can be found on our Wider Information Set.