University Centre Farnborough has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.
Explore your creative design style and prepare for a career in graphic design, learning from lecturers with industry experience and using the latest design software. This course starts each September and is awarded by the University of Surrey. • This course provides a route into careers related to graphic design, illustration, web design, branding, marketing and more • Previous placements have included Meanfiddler, Marks & Spencer, Good Empire, Fast Car Magazine, Drum, Zombie Collective and Quad Graphics • You will have an opportunity to work on live briefs for industry clients • Taught at University Centre Farnborough, with modern study facilities and access to Adobe software • Previous guest visits have included graphic designer Dan Mumford who has worked for exciting clients, including Disney, Sony and Iron Maiden • Being taught over two full days per week, the course also gives you more flexibility in balancing work or family commitments This programme is perfect for those with a creative flair for designing, drawing, web design or photography. We encounter the work of graphic designers every day – on packaging, magazines, books, advertising and online. The ability to explore the different techniques and skills for each of these mediums could lead to a range of interesting careers. At Farnborough, you will be involved with live industry briefs, design work placements and international design competitions. You will also be taught the latest Adobe Creative Suite software including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and After Effects in modern Apple Mac studios. The design studio is fitted out with large format printers, a 3D printing facility and computerised cutting facility. A degree in graphic design will hone your design skills and encourage your own creative style that will be evident in your portfolio of work produced over the three years of study, which will help set you apart from other candidates when starting your new career. WHO IS THE PROGRAMME FOR? This degree is aimed at students who wish to develop their skills and portfolios to work in the diverse graphic design industry. You might currently be studying a Level 3, A Level, or Access to Higher Education course; be returning to education after a break, or wish to transfer from another higher education institution. It may also be possible for you to join this course in its second or third year following relevant qualifications and/or experience in the workplace. WHAT WILL I STUDY? The aim of the first year of study is to give all students a thorough grounding in a wide range of design subjects and creative practical skills. In the second year, the programme offers you the opportunity to develop your skills in more depth in a range of commercial graphic design topics, including work placement in the design industry. The final year of the programme offers you the opportunity to focus on your select pathway of interest in the field of graphic design as well as undertaking a major personal project.
Year 1 • Type & Layout • Type & Image • Introduction to Web • Visual Communication • Design with Materials • Professional Practice • Academic Studies • Digital Image Techniques Year 2 • Design for Print • Motion Design • Branding & Promotion • Interactive Design • Information Graphics • Collaborative Production • Industrial Placement • Research Practice Year 3 • Applied Practice • Creative Narrative • Dissertation • Design Industry Competition briefs • Major Design Project • Technical Application In addition to taught modules, a final year project will allow you to choose a topic to investigate in greater depth. Recent examples have included packaging design, branding, publication design, web and app interface design.
A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes in-class tests, practical work, coursework, assignments, examination, practical demonstrations, and production report and project presentations. HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT? You will be taught in a series of practical lecturers and workshops, with supporting contextual lectures. You will be taught over two full days per week, giving you more flexibility to balance work or family commitments.
How to apply
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!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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Fees and funding
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