Design (Top-up) at East Sussex College - UCAS

East Sussex College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of East Anglia

Design (Top-up)

Course summary

This one year Top-up degree will enable students to build on the professional skills developed in Level 4/5 or HND courses, ready for a wide range of roles within the contemporary design field. The course promotes design learning with related disciplines, encouraging a creative approach to design thinking and production. We encourage our students to be innovators within chosen areas of design such as Illustration, Multi-media, Web Design, Photography and Motion Graphics. The complex approaches to design no longer demand specialists but rather designers who work within the convergence of boundaries. With the merger of new technologies and ensuing media revolution there is an amplified need for designers who understand the multiplicity of the screen as much as conventional design practices, an opportunity to be a facilitator for change. What qualification will I achieve? You will graduate with a BA (Hons) Design, awarded by the University of East Anglia. You will be invited to our graduation ceremony where you will collect your certificate and celebrate your achievements. What can I do after completing this course? The combination of design and project management experience results in a high employment success rate, with graduates going on to further study (e.g. PGCE or specialist MA courses) whilst many more find employment in the widest range of organisations in the Creative Industries such as Graphic Designer, User Experience (UX) Designer, User Interface (UI) Designer, Product Designer, Brand Designer, Web Designer, Motion Designer, Advertising Designer, Packaging Designer, Interior Designer, Illustrator, Art Director, Creative Director, Exhibition Designer, Marketing Designer, Multimedia Designer, 3D Designer.


There are 4 modules in the Top-up degree, which combine to ensure graduates have the skills to work in a wide range of contexts. These modules place special emphasis on the processes of reflective learning, through a range of embedded methods within the studio and design projects, to develop self-motivated and self-critical students, equipped with critical and creative skills vital to future employment prospects and development of the profession. Design Entreprise is the first practical module enabling you to stretch yourself in the areas most suited to your career ambitions. This is supported by a Critical Studies module, encouraging research and deeper thinking skills, and a Professional Practice module to make sure you are ready to get gainful employment when you graduate. The Final Major Project is you chance to show your work to a wider audience in the end of course Degree Show.

Assessment method

You will be assessed in the four modules which are spread throughout the year. You will submit a range of outcomes for assessment, including sketch books, final outcomes, essays and personal promotional materials. Your final assessment will be presented as a Degree Show for public viewing.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our entry criteria asks that you have a Level 5 or HND qualification in a similar area. If you do not have these qualifications, but have related experience which you can prove, it may be possible for you to have direct entry, so please enquire. If you meet our entry criteria you will be invited to portfolio based interview, to show us work from a previous course, or from your personal archive.

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Additional entry requirements



If you meet our entry criteria you will be invited to portfolio based interview, to show us work from a previous course, or from your personal archive.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5International students require a 6.5 overall with a 6 in writing.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7995 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7995 Year 1
Scotland £7995 Year 1
Wales £7995 Year 1
International £9200 Year 1
EU £9200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Additional costs include any trips or visits, materials and optional subscriptions. Studying with us will give you excellent value for money. Our lower fees, compared to many other universities, help you to save money, while getting the very best from our expert tutors. Our small class sizes mean you will be supported every step of the way. Our NSS student satisfaction score in 2023 was 90% overall, compared with 82% nationally for similar courses, so we know that our students value the support they get with us.
Design (Top-up) at East Sussex College - UCAS