Graphic Design (with Foundation Year) at University of East London - UCAS

Course summary

The extended course with foundation year is perfect if you want a degree in graphic design, but don't meet the standard entry requirements. First we prepare you for your degree during the foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree. In a time of emerging automation and artificial intelligence it will be the designers, the thinkers and the problem solvers who will shape the world to come. Being agile, multi-skilled and adaptable will be key to employability in a global and dynamic job market. BA Graphic Design at UEL combines the study of traditional visual communication with the possibilities of emerging technologies. We provide the forum and facilities in which staff and industry expertise fuse with students' own knowledge, experience and ambition. We explore both practical and theoretical understanding and, from the outset, we encourage students to think experimentally and evolve our field. This course operates within the Art and Creative Design subject area. This allows students to work collaboratively, broadening their knowledge base while forging a creative community. Cluster-wide workshops allow our students to build a unique portfolio of skills essential to the Fourth Industrial Age.


Foundation Year: Professional Life (Mental Wealth) (Core), Art & Design Workshops, Processes & Skills (Core), Art & Design Studio Practice & Portfolio (Core), Art & Design Specialist Workshops, Processes & Skills (Core), Art & Design Specialist Studio Practice & Portfolio (Core), Art & Design Contextual Studies (Core) Year 1: Professional Life 1 (Mental Wealth) (Core), Practice 1 (Core), Contextual Studies 1 (Core), Research into Practice 1 (Core), Experimentation and Application 1A (Core), Experimentation and Application 1B (Core) Year 2: Professional Life 2 (Mental Wealth) (Core), Practice 2 (Core), Contextual Studies 2 (Core), Research into Practice 2 (Core), Advanced Experimentation and Applications (Core), Advanced Practice (Core), Industrial Sandwich Placement (Optional) Year 3: Professional Life 3 (Mental Wealth) (Core), Practice 3 (Core), Independent Major Project Part A (Core), Independent Major Project Part B (Core), Research into Practice 3 – Graphic Design, Illustration and Animation (Optional), Research into Practice 3 – Extended Research Project (Optional) For more information about individual modules, please visit our course pages via the link below.

Assessment method

Each module has a duration of 12 weeks (one term) and always concludes with an assessment point. We provide feedback throughout these 12-week periods with a specific 'Tracking Week' dedicated to this process midway through each term. For Practical modules your submission will consist of a Learning Journal (the presentation of your development and experience) and Portfolio (the presentation of your practical output). For Theoretical modules you may be asked to produce a piece of academic writing of a given length and a live presentation. Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

For detailed information on entry requirements for our courses, please see the individual course pages. We consider a range of UK and worldwide qualifications at the appropriate level and also take relevant work experience into account when considering an application. Many courses have a Foundation Year option for those students whose qualifications do not meet the BA or BSc entry requirements. Applicants should have, or be working towards, grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent Level 2 qualification such as Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics or Key Skills Level 2 in Application of Number and Communication) Entry requirements are intended only as a guide for applicants. They are not a guarantee of an offer, nor of the conditions that may apply. When making a decision on your academic suitability, we will make an assessment of you as an individual and will use information other than qualifications; which may include predicted grades, performance at Level 2, relevant work experience, previous study at degree level, personal statement, references and any portfolio, written test or interview, to make our decision. If you have any questions, please contact a member of our Applicant Relations Team from Monday to Friday (9am–5pm) on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or

Additional entry requirements


Applicants are required to attend an interview for discussion of their portfolio of work.


Your portfolio should contain between three and five projects that you have undertaken in the areas of drawing, print, graphic art or illustration. It should be between ten and fifteen sheets in length and should not exceed A1 in size. The portfolio should show evidence of observational drawing, the development of an idea through to a completed illustration, and techniques and processes that you have worked with. We are particularly interested in seeing your sketchbooks / journals to see how you develop your ideas. At interview you should be prepared to discuss your work, ideas and ambitions. You should also be able to discuss graphic artists, illustrators or animators who influence you.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14580 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14580 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Graphic Design (with Foundation Year) at University of East London - UCAS