Have alternative qualifications or don't quite meet our entry criteria? No problem. If you’re looking for a graphic design foundation course that will develop your skills and confidence in a supportive, dynamic environment, look no further. Your introductory year will give you the technical expertise and knowledge to progress to our highly respected undergraduate degree in graphic design. Course Overview To break into the competitive but rewarding graphic design industry, you’ll need an exciting portfolio, excellent subject knowledge, the skills to use the latest professional equipment and technology – and your own unique flair in creatively solving communication problems. So, if you’re looking for a graphic design foundation course that enables you to learn graphic design from industry experts and develop the skills and confidence needed to kick-start your graphic design career, look no further. Your introductory year will give you the technical expertise and knowledge to progress to our highly respected BA (Hons) Graphic Design course. Following your foundation year, our hands-on course is designed to take you to your creative limits and graduate with the confidence, experience and skills that are so sought after by employers in this highly selective but exciting industry. On this course you will...
- Develop an appreciation of the key theories and contexts that influence graphic design today.
- Develop a portfolio of graphic design work that demonstrates your understanding, visual skills and critical judgement.
- Work on industry-led briefs enabling you to develop autonomy, creativity and professionalism.
- Develop a range of industry-standard skills: idea generation, design development, typography, layout, 3D graphics, motion graphics, digital artwork, presentation skills, etc.
- Undertake group projects which simulate the workflow of a professional studio.
- Making Images
- Making Objects
- Visual Enquiry
- Portfolio and Progression
- Introducing Visual Communication
- Cultural Contexts
- Multi-Dimensional Graphic Design
- Collaborative Practice
- The Designer's Toolkit
- Type & Typography
- Graphic Design Projects
- The Critical Designer
- Advanced Design Projects
- Independent Research Paper
- Graphic Design Showcase
Foundation year - Compulsory modules: Visual Literacy, Technical Processes, Applied Visual Practice, Design Cultures. Year one - Compulsory Modules: Design Fundamentals, Design in Context 1, Communicating Ideas, Thinking through Image-Making. Year two - Compulsory modules: Principles of Graphic Design, Principles of Multimedia, Exploration of Graphic Design, Design in Context 2. Year three - Compulsory modules: Graphic Design Application, Professional Context, Graphic Design Practice, Professional Practice.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.
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