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Newcastle College University Centre

Graphic Communication

UCAS Code: W213

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


A level

C,C

Please e-mail undergraduate@ncl-coll.ac.uk

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C(4) in Maths and English Language.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C

UCAS Tariff

48-64
100%
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About this course


Course option

2years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Visual communication

As a member of British Design and Direction (D&AD) Education Network, this dynamic course will connect you directly to industry through work placements and live briefs from agencies. We will provide you with a solid foundation in graphic design, web and app design and advertising and keep you up to date with all of the latest emerging trends and technologies. Centred on developing creative excellence, you’ll learn traditional design values and specialist technical skills. You will undertake projects that expand your conceptual thinking, critical analysis and creative problem solving. In your second year of studies, you will be able to choose your preferred pathway in creative advertising, digital design or graphic communication. You will choose from one of the following pathways: Graphics pathway: You will develop a deep understanding of graphic design, software and technologies and build a detailed portfolio showcasing your conceptual expertise and practical skills. You will be challenged in an agency style environment to respond to briefs and solve complex problems. Advertising pathway: You will become knowledgeable in advertising and marketing communications from concept through to implementation. You will gain a thorough understanding of both traditional and new media design. Adopting creative advertising strategies across a range of products and sectors, you will explore fundamental advertising design processes and crafts including advertising planning, art direction and copywriting. Digital Design pathway: Establishing yourself as a freelance digital designer, you will build upon the areas of user experience, responsive web design and mobile app development. You will become a skilled visual communicator and master the languages of design for online content. You will explore more advanced front-end development (HTML, CSS and JavaScript) and have the opportunity to learn how to make content managed websites (CMS). As part of our work-ready guarantee, you will be given the opportunity to undertake a variety of industry linked projects and live briefs with employers. This will provide you valuable experience of working as a practitioner within the visual communication industries. You will have access to industry-standard equipment in our state-of-the art facilities. You will also have the opportunity to lead on your own projects working in freelance roles and building an exciting detailed portfolio. Work placements are a key part of the course and give you the opportunity to put your skills into practice. Previous students have gained placements in Newcastle and London and at organisations such as Keltie Cochrane, Different, Hippo Marketing, Orange Bus, Hedgehog Lab, Status Digital, Cravens and Gospelware and BBC London. Recent graduates have found employment within some of the very best marketing and advertising agencies and design studios in the region and world. Academic progression is available through our one-year BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise (Top-Up) degree.

Modules

Year One: Academic Study Skills, Creative Coding, Digital Art, Interface Design/Editorial Design, Language of Design, New Media, Principles, Processes and Practices of Marketing Communication, Principles, Processes and Practices of Visual Communication, Personal Development or Recognition of Prior Learning, User Experience Design, Work Related Learning. Year Two: Academic Study Skills, Advanced Front End Content Management Systems Development, App Design, Branding and Marketing Design, Cross Platform Editorial Design, Design for Advertising, Design for Interaction, Digital Design in the Professional Context, Graphic Communication in the Professional Context, Professional Development, Work-Based Learning.

Assessment methods

You will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed and moderated as the course progresses. A range of practical and theoretical activities will determine your final grades. Practical and technical skills modules are delivered in our industry-standard digital resource centres and creative studios. You will be supported through lectures and seminars as well as our online learning environment.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Newcastle College University Centre

Department:

Digital Arts

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