BMet (Birmingham Metropolitan College)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

Art and Design (Graphic Design)

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Course summary

This course can be studied full-time over 1 year, achieving a Higher National Certificate in Art and Design (Graphic Design) qualification, or over 2 years, achieving a Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design) qualification. This course is designed for anyone with an interest in a new direction for visual communication and will provide opportunities to work in the broader disciplines of the design industry. Delivery of the course will be at specialist studios at Matthew Boulton College. This course takes traditional graphic design values and skill sets and applies them to a new platform of interactivity and visual communication. It will cover many different disciplines from print to motion graphics and app design to sonic performance. Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from all areas of art and design as well as bringing their own life experiences to develop an individual visual style. All students will work on live projects for external clients and have the chance to collaborate with industry professionals in our mentoring scheme.

Course details


The HND course consists of 14 modules, totalling 240 credits, titled: Year 1: Contextual Studies Darkroom Techniques Graphic Design Practices Individual Project (Pearson-set) Packaging Design Professional Development Techniques and Processes Typography Year 2: Advanced Graphic Design Studies Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson-set) Art Direction Branding and Identity Moving Image Professional Practice

Assessment method

The course is assessed through a range of project briefs across broad design disciplines. You will produce sketchbook work to record ideas and produce a series of manual and digital outcomes such as animations, magazines and portfolios. You will also get the opportunity to exhibit your work.

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

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

International applicants

BMet do not hold a Tier 4 sponsor licence with UK Visas and Immigration, therefore, we are unable to accept international students on our courses.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English at Grade C or 4 is desirable but not essential. We will accept Level 2 equivalences for English in place of GCSEs. We encourage applications from students who do not meet the entry requirements outlined but can demonstrate ability through work experience, portfolio of evidence or successful interview.

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Additional entry requirements

Admission tests


You will be required to attend an interview at the College's Matthew Boulton site prior to an offer being made to you.


You will be required to bring a portfolio of art work to your interview for consideration prior to an offer being made to you.

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

If you do not hold a Level 2 English and/or Maths qualification you maybe required to undertake an initial assessment to ascertain your current literacy and/or numeracy levels and/or a free writing assessment.

English language requirements

Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum standard of English at IELTS Level 5.5 with no element below 5.0.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5665 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5665 Year 1
Scotland £5665 Year 1
Wales £5665 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that the tuition fee stated is charged per year of study and we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X). BMet do not hold a Tier 4 sponsor licence with UK Visas and Immigration, therefore, we are unable to accept international students on our courses.

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BMet (Birmingham Metropolitan College)
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B4 7PS

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Additional information

From Monday 5 July until Monday 9 August 2021, Monday to Thursday (9.00 am - 5.00 pm) and Friday (9.00 am - 4.00 pm). Tuesday 10 August until Wednesday 11 August 2021 (8.30 am - 8.00 pm). Thursday 12 August until Friday 13 August 2021 (8.30 am - 6.00 pm). Saturday 14 August 2021 (9.00 am - 12.00 noon). Sunday 15 August 2021 (9.00 am - 12.00 noon). Monday 16 August 2021 until Friday 17 September 2021, Monday to Thursday (9.00 am - 5.00 pm) and Friday (9.00 am - 4.00 pm). * The times shown above are subject to change depending on call volume and demand.

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Art and Design (Graphic Design) at BMet (Birmingham Metropolitan College) - UCAS