Explore your creativity and expand your professional skills by entering the creative industries on an Integrated Foundation Year degree. Taught over four years, these courses include an introductory year to build a solid foundation before you go on to specialise in your chosen subject at degree level. If you're interested in taking on a new subject, or have been out of education for a while, then our Integrated Foundation Year courses might just be for you. These four-year courses include an introductory year to help you build the core skills needed for degree-level study. This is a chance for you to let your imagination run wild and explore your creativity, expand your professional skills and develop enhanced subject knowledge. We'll help you nurture your expertise in problem solving, risk-taking, designing and making as you develop your abilities. With an emphasis on design thinking and crafting big ideas beautifully, this course is your springboard to a career in the creative industries. You’ll discover how to solve challenging questions facing society and business today with great ideas delivered across print and digital platforms. You’ll become an adept visual communicator, developing your skill via modules that focus on process, narrative, typography, branding and critical thinking. Expert tutors and professional networks support this journey, helping you to rigorously define your design voice and preparing you for working in industry or postgraduate study. You will: Develop technical, design thinking and production skills in your chosen specialism Learn teamwork, leadership and project management skills through a variety of learning environments Develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills through the development of unique and innovative projects Complete your chosen degree over a four-year period Have an opportunity to visit London studios, such as brand design studios Wiedemann Lampe and Turner Duckworth, advertising agency BBH, and Pentagram – one of the world’s largest independent design consultancies Enjoy optional travel to cities abroad to gain global perspectives on the subject Work on graphic design briefs created with, and supported by, industry practitioners to build your own network Have the chance to enter creative competitions such as D&AD, ISTD and the Creative Conscience Awards Create an industry-standard portfolio in your final year as a catalyst for your career
With design process and problem-solving at its heart, this Graphic Design degree explores how creative and meaningful ideas can be made. You'll study the historical, social and cultural issues connecting theory and practice, and gain real-world skills from live briefs and workshops with leading graphic designers. Foundation Year: You'll study five core modules. These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of your chosen specialism. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs. Modules: Explore Technique Apply Industry Launch Year one By taking on practical and critical work, you'll explore and experiment with new processes and practices. Working together in our immersive studio culture, we'll study things like generating ideas, the history of design, and the latest industry innovations. Modules Design Process A Word in your Eye Narrative Difference and Identity Year two Focusing on real-world, industry-facing projects, we'll encourage you to challenge convention and produce daring, original work. We'll study areas like information hierarchy, ethics and design for society, while continuing to build your core skills. You'll also go on study trips – usually to London or Amsterdam – to learn from designer-led workshops and visit studios like Pentagram, GBH, Fitch, Mother and Trapped in Suburbia. Modules Brand Experience Typography Design Directions Collaborative Practice Year three Your third year focuses on intense project work, a dissertation and professional practice workshops. As well as building your core skills, you'll take a critical look at your strengths and explore various directions for your future career. Towards the end of the year, you'll exhibit at D&AD New Blood and at our own exclusive show. Modules Journeys Critical Writing Destinations Learning is supported through team tutorials and individual 'bookable' sessions The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
Foundation Year: Assessments are 100% coursework based Assessment will take place at the end of each module, and you'll get feedback and evaluation throughout the year. You'll be assessed through visual, verbal and written assignments, including your portfolio and a reflective journal. In your foundation year all assessments are pass/fail to encourage students to take risks and engage with the feedback provided. Progressing in your specialism Students studying on courses with an Integrated Foundation Year must successfully complete and pass all foundation modules before they can progress to the next stage of their course. Your specialism: A variety of design briefs. There’s an ongoing policy of review and feedback every week with staff and other students, while formal assessment is twice yearly. In year three, you’ll write a dissertation and exhibit your work for assessment as part of a final-year show.
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If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at www.falmouth.ac.uk
If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/
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|IELTS (Academic)||6||An (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening|
|Trinity ISE||A minimum of Trinity ISE II with Distinction in all four components is required.|
|Cambridge English Advanced||Level B2||A minimum on the Cambridge English scale of 169 is required|
|PTE Academic||55||A minimum score in the Pearson Academic Test of English of 55 overall is required, with a minimum of 51 in all four components.|
If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
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