Hereford College of Arts

Graphic and Media Design Hereford College of Arts Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant)

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This inspiring degree will provide you with the creative and technical abilities needed to succeed in graphic and media design. You will be encouraged to personalise your journey throughout the course based on your passions and aptitudes, and to develop your own, unique graphic style. Our smaller group sizes mean you can access help from industry-active tutors and technicians – as and when you need it. And our studios offer a relaxed learning environment with plenty of individual work space.

This course will equip you with key skills for exciting creative industry careers including: editorial design, branding, packaging design, graphic arts, information graphics, interactive design, graphic illustration, web design, app design, motion graphics, book arts, animation and advertising. We take an immersive, project-based approach to learning. This is supported by regular workshops teaching vital technical and software skills. Throughout the course, you’ll work on a wide range of external projects, developing your professional practice. Being part of a dedicated creative community at HCA means it is easy to cross boundaries, access an exciting range of workshops, and collaborate with students across other disciplines.

Industry Links

We have excellent connections with external employers, who provide many opportunities for commissioned work with live outcomes. Project partners have included SuperDry clothing, MASH Cinema and Hay Festival, amongst many others. HCA students have won awards in national design competitions such as D&AD & YCN. Our well-developed links with media industries in the region, London, and nationally, offer you invaluable professional experience, the chance of fantastic work placements, and a stimulating external speaker programme. In the past, final year students have exhibited at high profile graduate showcase exhibitions in London.

After this Course

Our students successfully gain employment across a range of graphic design and media specialisms such as editorial design, advertising, branding and digital design including website and interactive games design. Students may also go on to postgraduate study.

Highlights

1. Learn from experienced, practising professionals whose work includes a wide variety of contemporary screen and print media.
2. Fantastic access to teaching staff, workshops, and equipment.
3. Collaborate with: photography, illustration, animation, and film making students.
4. Work alongside experienced professionals on live industry projects.
5. Explore your own passions, with the option of a graphic arts pathway.
6. Develop your unique graphic voice, free from the constraints of a house style.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 (Level 4) – Practice in Context One (20 credits), Introduction to Creative Practice (20 credits), Type, Text and Meaning (20 credits), Constructed Image (20 credits), Narrative & Sequence (20 credits), Design for Screen 1 (20 credits). Year 2 (Level 5) – Practice in Context Two(20 credits), Professional Practice (20 credits), Image and Identity (20 credits), Entrepreneurship (20 credits), Design for Screen 2 (20 credits), Motion Graphics (20 credits). Year 3 (level 6) - Practice in Context Thee (30 credits), Final Major Project (40 credits), External Project (30 credits), Preparation for Industry (20 credits).


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 W216
Institution code H18
Campus name Main Site
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:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points We would normally expect applicants to have achieved 80 UCAS Tariff Points at entry but whilst qualifications are important, our offers are not solely based on academic results and we may make offers based on other evidence of talent and suitability for the course.
Portfolio submission (where applicable) and successful interview or audition are required.

Mature applicants with relevant experience will be considered. Portfolio and interview also required.

Applicants whose first language is not English and require a Tier 4 Student Visa must achieve Level B2 in an approved secure English language test prior to enrolment. For further guidance please visit the UK Visa and immigration website: www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa.

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Portfolio


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,000 Year 1
EU £9,000 Year 1
International £11,200 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Additional costs: In addition to the degree fees, the nature of creative arts practice means you will need to allow for some additional costs, such as for materials you choose to use in the production of work and activities, and for trips to external events and exhibitions. The courses at HCA have been designed to minimise the impact of additional costs; all course leaders have an annual budget and some trips and materials will be fully funded by the college or heavily subsidised. However, typically, a student will choose to spend an additional £250 in the first year, £375 in the second year and £400 in their final year, depending on scale of work and materials chosen or other related costs. Students spend different amounts depending on the areas in which they specialise and individual choices. We appreciate that not all students will be able to invest the same money in their work, and staff assessing it will not judge work by the cost of materials or other resources. The college shop includes many specialist materials at good value prices and much digital equipment can be borrowed from the media stores at no cost to students. Students on all courses will also have the chance to take part in optional trips that require payments towards their costs. Again, non-attendance will not incur assessment penalties, though trips are designed to help students develop their practice. There is an optional annual cross-course residential trip abroad. In the 2018-19 academic year, the destination was Rome and the cost to students was £400. Further fee/bursary information: The HCA Cash Bursary: is designed to benefit students who are new undergraduates starting Higher Education for the first time in 2020, are ordinarily resident in England and from a low income family (£25,000 a year or less). Each cash bursary is £1,000 which students receive in their first year only. For more information, please visit our website: www.hca.ac.uk Partner Colleges: A first year bursary of £500 is available to students from our progression partner colleges* who have successfully completed their Level 3 or equivalent course within the last 2 academic years and progress on to a degree programme at Hereford College of Arts. *Partner Colleges include: Bath College, Belfast Metropolitan College, Cirencester College, City of Bristol College, Coleg Powys (Newtown Campus), Coleg y Cymoedd, Dudley College, Evesham College, Gloucestershire College (including Forest of Dean and Cheltenham & Gloucester campuses), Gower College Swansea, Grantham College, Halesowen College, Heart of Worcestershire College, Herefordshire & Ludlow College, Malvern Hills College, Newent Sixth Form College, North West Regional College - Derry, Plumpton College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (including Stroud, Wise & Filton campuses), Stratford-upon-Avon College and Worcester Sixth Form College. Internal Progression Bursary: All students who have studied and successfully completed a Level 3 course within the last 2 academic years at Hereford College of Arts and progress to undergraduate study at HCA will be eligible to receive a bursary of £500 in their first year.

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Hereford College of Arts
Folly Lane
Hereford
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