Graphic and Media Design at Hereford College of Arts - UCAS

Hereford College of Arts

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant)

Graphic and Media Design

Course summary

During your time on our BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design course, you’ll become a professional Graphic Designer/Graphic Artist learning from industry experienced lecturers. We will support you in gaining work experience with local and national creative media companies, as well as giving you the opportunity to work with professional designers, artists and live clients. This course will equip you with key skills for launching your exciting career in the creative industry including: Design for social media, UI/UX Design, branding, motion graphics, editorial design packaging design, graphic arts, graphic illustration, web design, app design, information graphics, book arts, animation and advertising. As the teaching team are all industry experienced Graphic and Media Designers we are able to impart real-world knowledge, ensuring that you are taught to the standard that the industry will look for in a graduate. We will encourage you to express yourself through distinctive, creative, commercially savvy and ambitious ideas, working on projects individually and collaboratively with students from other disciplines across Hereford College of Arts. You will work in a professional but relaxed studio environment with plenty of individual work space and access to all the latest tech and software. Our smaller group sizes mean you can receive support and creative challenges from industry-active tutors and technicians – as and when you need it. You will be encouraged to personalise your journey throughout the course based on your passions and aptitudes, and to develop your own, unique graphic style and apply it to the many career choices available to you. Industry Links We have excellent connections with external employers, who provide many opportunities for commissioned work with live outcomes. Project partners have included SuperDry clothing, MASH Cinema and Hay Festival, amongst many others. HCA students have won awards in national design competitions such as D&AD & YCN. Our well-developed links with media industries in the region, London, and nationally, offer you invaluable professional experience, the chance of fantastic work placements, and a stimulating external speaker programme. In the past, final year students have exhibited at high profile graduate showcase exhibitions in London. Your Creative Career Our students successfully gain employment across a range of graphic design and media specialisms such as:

  • Graphic Designer
  • UI/UX Designer
  • Marketing Designer/producer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Editorial and Print Designer
  • Brand creator and Manager
  • Packaging Designer
  • Art worker/Visualiser
  • Graphic Artist
  • Learning Designer
  • Animator
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Art Director/ Creative Director
  • Studio Manager
  • Teacher
Students can also progress onto post-graduate study. Highlights 1. Learn from experienced, practising professionals whose work includes a wide variety of contemporary screen and print media. 2. Fantastic access to teaching staff, workshops, and equipment. Consistent challenge and support from an industry skilled team to develop as a designer. 3. Explore your own passions, with the option of a graphic arts pathway. 4. Work alongside experienced professionals on live industry projects. 5. Collaborate with: photography, illustration, and animation students. 6. Develop your unique graphic voice and build a career that suits your professional desires. 7. A programme of visiting lecturers from around the world bringing cutting edge practice to HCA students. Hereford College of Arts is an independent arts school surrounded by people who are passionate about the arts, media and performance. Being part of a dedicated creative community at HCA means it is easy to work across boundaries, access an exciting range of workshops, and collaborate with students across other disciplines.

Modules

From your first day at HCA you will work as a creative, developing your skills and your own voice through a series of projects. You will develop your creative practice, practical skills alongside your critical awareness and theoretical knowledge. You will study a range of modules that build your knowledge and confidence and total 120 credits each year. YEAR ONE: Practice in Context 1 (20 Credits), Practice 1 (30), Practice 2 (30), Foundations for Learning (20). Skills 1 (20) YEAR TWO: Practice in Context 2 (20), Practice 3 (30), Practice 4 (30), Professional Practice 1 (20), Skills 2 (20) YEAR THREE: Practice in Context 3 (20), Practice 5 (30), Practice 6 (60), Professional Practice 2 (10)


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
W216
Institution code:
H18
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

International applicants

International applicants must be 18 years of age as at the 01 September in the year of entry.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Mature applicants with relevant experience will be considered. Portfolio and interview also required. Applicants whose first language is not English and require a Student Visa must achieve Level B2 in an approved secure English language test prior to enrolment. For further guidance please visit the UK Visa and immigration website: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa.

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Portfolio


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9000 Year 1
International £14150 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

In addition to the degree fees, the nature of creative arts practice means you'll need to allow for additional costs, such as the materials you choose to use in your work and for trips to external events & exhibitions. The courses at HCA have been designed to minimise the impact of additional costs; all course leaders have an annual budget with some trips & materials fully funded by the College or heavily subsidised. Typically, a student will choose to spend an additional £250 in the first year, £375 in the second year & £400 in their final year, depending on the nature of their work and materials chosen. We appreciate that not all students can invest the same money in their work, and staff assessing it will not judge work by the cost of resources. The college shop includes many specialist materials at good value and digital equipment can be borrowed from the media stores at no cost to students. Students are offered an optional Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for use outside of college. In the 2023-24 academic year this cost £16.24 per month. NB: Adobe Creative Cloud is provided free to use for any student working within the college. Students on all courses may also have the chance to take part in optional trips that require payments towards their costs. Again, non-attendance will not incur assessment penalties, though trips are designed to help students develop their practice. There is an optional annual cross-course residential trip abroad. In the 2023-24 academic year, the trip was a four-day visit to Paris at a cost to students of £425. This fee included a shared dorm room and all travel costs from Hereford to Paris including Eurostar tickets. *Support Available from Hereford College of Arts* The HCA Cash Bursary: is designed to benefit students who are starting Higher Education for the first time; are ordinarily resident in England; the student must be liable to pay the full £9,000 tuition fee for their course and be from a low-income family (£25,000 a year or less). The student must also be in receipt of the full Higher Education Maintenance Loan. Each cash bursary is £1,000 which students receive in their first year only. *Care Leaver Bursary* Care leavers will be offered free accommodation with City Heart at Station Approach accommodation for their first year only. Care leaver students will be able to stay there until the end of their first year (not over the Summer) and will also receive the Cash Bursary of £1,000. Care leaver students will also receive a Care Leaver Bursary of £1,000 in both their second and third year. Evidence of being a care leaver must be in the form of an original letter showing Care Leaver Status from your local authority. *Partner Colleges Progression Bursary* A Progression Bursary of £500 for full-time study or £250 for part-time is available to students from our progression partner colleges*, in their first year only, who have successfully completed a Level 3 or equivalent course within the last 2 academic years and progress on to a degree programme at HCA. *Partner Colleges: Bath College, Belfast Met, Bourneville, South & City College, Cirencester College, City of Bristol College, Coleg y Cymoedd, Dudley College, Evesham College, Gloucestershire College – ALL Campuses, Gower College, Grantham College, Halesowen College, Heart of Worcestershire College, Hereford College of Arts, Herefordshire & Ludlow College, Hereford Sixth Form, Malvern Hills College, Newent Sixth Form, NWRC Derry, NPTC group, Plumpton College, Shrewsbury College, South Gloucestershire & Stroud College, Stratford Upon Avon College, Swindon College & Worcester Sixth Form. *Internal Progression Bursary* All students who have successfully completed a Level 3 course within the last two academic years at HCA and progress to undergraduate study at HCA will be eligible to receive a bursary of £500 for full-time study or £250 for Part-time in their first year only.
Graphic and Media Design at Hereford College of Arts - UCAS