Graphic Design (with Foundation Year) at Wrexham University - UCAS

Wrexham University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Wrexham University (Prifysgol Wrecsam)

Graphic Design (with Foundation Year)

Course summary

Why choose this course? The Graphic Design degree will help you develop both your graphical style and flair for creative image-making. The course covers the practical, professional, and artistic sides of working as a graphic designer with an individual artistic voice, equipping you for a successful career in the creative industries. You will:

  • Learn how to create compelling images, work to professional standards, and understand how your work fits into the industry.
  • Be introduced to a broad range of creative skills, from the generation of ideas to their technical production through printmaking, traditional and digital media, with an emphasis on design and the development of a unique personal style.
  • Be introduced to professional creative processes and encouraged to expand your abilities through workshops and practical projects.
  • Learn how to interpret a brief, identify, and solve problems, develop creative individuality, and produce a professional portfolio.
  • Gain personal, professional, and entrepreneurial skills including working as a freelance designer: from marketing and self-promotion to contracts, invoices and working with clients.
  • Be encouraged to work on live briefs and competitions.
Key course features:
  • You will be part of a vibrant and creative community of commercial artists including illustrators, animators, and comic artists.
  • You will be taught by a teaching team with a broad range of experience working professionally in the design and creative industries.
  • We encourage you to take on commissions and learn how to produce high-quality production prototypes to pitch to clients.
  • Be part of an end of year degree show exhibition - view the 2022 Degree Show e-magazine, Unjammed.
*Study a course that has been ranked 5th in Wales as part of the Art & Design subject league table for Teaching Quality in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023. *Subject area ranked 5th out of Welsh universities for the teaching on my course in the Design Studies subject league tables, National Student Survey (NSS) 2022.


What you will study YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR) The foundation year will introduce you to the key elements of art and design, including graphic design, animation, illustration, photography, and film, applied and fine art. You will explore the creative thought process relating to various art and design disciplines, developing your ability to put ideas down on paper quickly. There will be a range of practice assignments that will increase your recognition of strong ideas and original concepts. MODULES Visual Investigation Materials and Methods Creative Processes Progression Project The Skills You Need Contextual Studies YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4) - Core skills Level 4 introduces you to the fundamental principles of graphic design that will help you develop your style. This includes developing an understanding of the tools and creative techniques you will be using, the historical contexts and theories of graphics, print, production techniques and an understanding of the graphic design industry. MODULES Semester 1 History & Context Visual Communication Digital Communication Semester 2 Social Design Story Telling: Theory and Practice Interactive Design YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5) - Advanced skills Level 5 enables you to develop your individual approach to the role of graphic design in society, the conceptual aspects of design, the practicalities of preparing work for production as well as exploring the fundamentals of running a business as a freelancer. MODULES Semester 1 Motion Design Print and Production Critical thinking Semester 2 Creative Futures: Making a Living Design Project: Graphic Design YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6) - Specialism Level 6 is focused on your specialism. You will work with staff to pitch the projects that demonstrate your graphic style, your skills and abilities, your ambition, and your understanding of the graphic design industry. MODULES Semester 1 Specialist Project: Graphic Design Semester 2 Creative Futures: Professional Practice Live Brief The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment method

Teaching & Assessment There are no set exams. Assessment is continuous and relates to all aspects of the programme, providing more carefully defined emphasis on formative assessment and feedback on your coursework throughout the academic year. We will advise you on your level of attainment and direct you towards a strategy for further progression as assignments and modules are completed. There are varied formats of assessment to encourage your learning through group seminars, critiques, and tutorials. This can be through group interaction with critical analysis where you will submit a range of work including sketchbooks, design sheets, finished artwork, screen-based work, technical/ production files, journals, essays, and audio-visual presentations. There are reviews of work at key points before Christmas and before Easter and this provides time for you to reflect on your progress prior to a final or summative year end assessment. TEACHING AND LEARNING Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our has more information on the help available. In terms of particular needs, the University’s FAQs can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

This course is not currently available to those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Wrexham Glyndwr University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at [email protected] for further advice and guidance.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1

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Graphic Design (with Foundation Year) at Wrexham University - UCAS