University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Leeds City College

Graphic Design and Illustration

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Course summary

TEF Bronze

University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.

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The Foundation Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration develops your graphics and illustration techniques and visual communication whilst equipping you with the specific employability skills to help you to get ahead and become a successful graphic designer / illustrator. You will undertake a range of client briefs and personal design projects to communicate with an audience, developing your critical awareness and visual language along the way. The course has excellent links to the creative industry and you will be using these from the outset by creating public exhibitions, working with artists and designers, gallerists and curators: selling your work, promoting yourself, visiting exhibitions, interviewing practitioners and organisations, and developing media campaigns. We welcome applications from individuals who have previously studied Art, Graphics, Illustration, Print, Digital and Photography. There is an emphasis towards practical workshop learning, which underpin both context and industry relevant topics. The lecture programme will impart the necessary principles and concepts, with seminars considering practical examples of the principles and concepts. Group work will allow students to develop their research, communication and teamwork skills. The Foundation Degree is now housed in our brand new £60m Quarry Hill campus with state of the art facilities. We have brand new studios, exhibition spaces, state of the art student work zones, and, importantly, a building which is exclusively for our degree students. The new college building sits in the Cultural Quarter of Leeds alongside the BBC, Leeds College of Music (which is also part of the Luminate Education Group, along with Leeds City College), Northern Ballet, and Leeds Playhouse, currently undergoing redevelopment. Between the sites, a shared space is in the process of being created, which will open up access to buildings and amenities..

Course details


Modules may include the following: Year 1 - Level 4 modules: Graphic Design & Illustration Practice 1  The Creative Entrepreneur      Graphics & Illustration 101      Realisation Skills                                       Year 2 - Level 5 modules: Graphic Design & Illustration Practice 1 The Creative Enterprise Art & Commerce Public Exhibition and Events Art & Media

Assessment method

At level 4 and 5 assessment is through a variety of forms linked to industry standards and professional practice which can include the production of a portfolio of practical work, diarised logs, pitches, presentations, delivery of workshops and written essays.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code8N65
Institution code L21
Campus nameHarrogate College
Campus codeH

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Leeds City College and it's various centres welcome students from across the EU and international students who are already residing in the UK. The College is not currently recruiting students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) whose immigration permission is for education only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level DD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma M: 24 credits A typical offer would be based on students achieving their Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits, 24 of which are to be at Merit.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7950 Year 1
England £7950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7950 Year 1
Scotland £7950 Year 1
Wales £7950 Year 1
Channel Islands £7950 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year. There are additional costs associated with the practical elements of this programme, which may include: Art materials Printing Framing and display of work Optional trips and visits These costs will be led by the nature of the work that you produce, however you will be expected to meet the costs of production of your projects.
Graphic Design and Illustration at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS