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Nottingham College

Graphic Design

UCAS Code: W201

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


A minimum of 48 tariff points.

A Pass grade with a minimum of 48 tariff points.

A minimum of 48 tariff points.

A minimum of 48 tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

48

A minimum of 48 tariff points. Applicants will need the number of UCAS points specified in the details of each course - from: at least two A Levels at A2; BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma; International Baccalaureate; Access to HE Diploma. Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff. For creative courses applicants would usually need a qualification in a relevant subject area. We would expect applicants to be working at Level 2 or above in English and Mathematics.

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Graphic design

**This Foundation Degree course has been designed to encourage students to explore and develop their creative talents, to take risks, build their confidence and realise their potential within the industry. Students can explore career options in all fields of graphic design including: branding, advertising or illustration. The Foundation Degree is awarded by our chief university partner: Nottingham Trent University.**

This course has visual communications at its core. Students are encouraged to solve creative problems using both traditional design methods and also computer technology that allows for experimentation, exploration and creativity.

**Year One**

This lays the groundwork for the innovative exploration of ideas that have strong historical and contextual foundations within graphic design. Students explore the core values of the design process through a range of disciplines.

**Year Two**

This offers design problems with more limits attached, resulting in more realistic outcomes. There is an important emphasis on critical awareness of project work, as well as an expectation of increased professional practice. Students propose and execute their own briefs through a final major project at the annual end of year show.

Guest speakers are a regular feature of the course: discussing the industry, delivering live briefs, and supporting work experience. Recent visitors have included: True Story, Tomato Collective, Tom Muller, Studio Output, Wigwag, Touch Design and the New Fat.

**Core modules include:**

- ideas generation and the design process

- visual studies

- historical and contemporary studies

- advanced studio practice

- specialist studio practice

- critical studies

- professional practice

- final major project

**Assessment**

Work is assessed on a continual basis through weekly progress reviews, tutorials and assessment periods which take place three times a year.

**Bursaries**

We want our courses to be accessible to students from any background, so we’ve put together a cash support package in the form of non-repayable bursaries to provide financial help where it’s really needed. Details for 2020-21 will be advertised once approved by the university regulator – the Office for Students (OfS). Please check our website - www.nottinghamcollege.ac.uk - for more information.

**Your career and progression**

There is a wide range of career opportunities within the industry, or you could continue your studies with our BA (Hons) Art and Design top-up degree or at another university of your choice. We have links with local, national and international companies who regularly look for graduates to join their teams.

Modules

Year One lays the groundwork for the exploration of ideas that have historical and contextual foundations within graphic design. Students explore core values of the design process through a range of disciplines. Year One modules: ideas generation and exploration; visual studies; design process; digital applications; historical and contemporary studies; specialist studio practice. In Year Two, there is more emphasis on a critical awareness of project work, as well as an expectation of increased professional practice. Project briefs will be linked with industry and developed through advanced studio practice where students will begin to focus on their chosen gateway. Students will propose and execute their own brief through a final major project which will form part of the annual end of year show. Year Two core modules: professional practice; critical studies; ideas in context. Pathway modules: advanced studio practice; final major project.

Assessment methods

Work is assessed on a continuous basis through weekly progress reviews, tutorials and assessment periods which take place three times a year.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£8,250
per year
England
£8,250
per year
EU
£8,250
per year
International
£9,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,250
per year
Scotland
£8,250
per year
Wales
£8,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

Department:

Art, Design, Fashion and Photography

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