Liverpool John Moores University

Graphic Design and Illustration with Foundation Year Liverpool John Moores University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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The BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Illustration with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University has a well established reputation for developing innovative designers and illustrators, highly sought after by employers in this exciting but competitive sector.

  • ​Students can access study abroad opportunities and prizes for overseas travel

  • Diverse range of graphic arts covered including graphic design, illustration, printmaking, photography, animation, motion graphics and interactive design

  • You will have opportunities to work with and be taught by renowned graphic designers, illustrators and professionals from the creative industries

  • Opportunities to participate in ‘live’ projects, work collaboratively or in teams, and attend freelance and networking events

  • Study in state-of-the-art facilities in the RIBA award-winning, Stirling Prize-nominated John Lennon Art and Design Building

Course details


Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

​Level 3

Preparing for Success: Academic Skills
Investigating Liverpool
Encountering Art History
Drawing and Culture
Exploring Materials, Process and Practice
Studio Practice Project

Level 4

What? Studying Graphic Design and Illustration
How? Making Graphic Design and Illustration
Why? Applying the Creative Process

​Level 5

Investigate, Document, Present
Future Thinking

The following options are typically offered:

Graphic Design and Typography
Graphic Design and the Screen
Graphic Design and Identity
Graphic Design and Context Illustration (Text and Image)
llustration (Materials and Media)
Illustration (Creative Practice)
Illustration (Context)

Level 6

Graphic Arts Research Project
Studio Projects
Future Focus

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment method

You will be assessed via a range of different methods.

​Most of your assessment will be in the form of a portfolio of finished work, with supporting sketchbooks and blogs of research and
development work. You will also be expected to write some essays, reviews, proposals and a
research project.

Practical work accounts for 75% of your marks and 25% for written work.

​Constructive feedback is vital in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work. It is provided verbally during reviews and and critiques of practical projects interim reviews.

At the end of each module, you will receive written feedback with an indication of your marks within three weeks of submitting work, although this may take longer if the marks go through an external moderation and approval process.

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 code A005
Institution code L51
Campus name Liverpool John Moores University
Campus code -

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:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 72 points What are we looking for?

An enthusiasm for art & Design based subjects
Capable of discussing Art & Design issues and influences
Visual awareness and communication
The ability to analyse and reflectively criticise

While we take many students who are already certain about their eventual pathway through the programme it is not necessary at this stage for students to have made up their mind. We are more interested in ideas, attitude and students' approach to making work and less interested in technical prowess. Sketchbooks, reference and research work are as important as finished project work at interview.

Assessment of suitability to the course will be undertaken by review of a portfolio of work and interview. Further information about the interview process can be found on our course page.

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis.

Overseas applicants will be considered in line with normal entry requirements.
A level DDD Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
Subject specific requirements: To include an Art/Design subject if no other Level 3 Art/Design qualifications taken
Is general studies acceptable? Yes
Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
Average A Level offer: DDD
Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
Additional information: Foundation Studies (Art and Design, and Art, Design & Media accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMP in an Art/Design subject required if no other Level 3 Art/Design qualification taken
Access to HE Diploma M: 24 credits
P: 21 credits
Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Further information: Minimum of 24 Merits and 21 Passes or any other combination equivalent to 72 UCAS Tariff points in Art & Design
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme International Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
Additional information: Applicants are required to have Level 3 qualification in Art/Design

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

• Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
• NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
• Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
• Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
• Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English
• Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
• Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

Are functional skills acceptable? Yes

Additional entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £11,000 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

All figures are subject to yearly increases. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

Provider information

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Liverpool John Moores University
Egerton Court (Headquarters)
2 Rodney Street
L1 2UA

Course contact details

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Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

0151 231 5175