This course will encourage you to explore your creativity, take risks, build your confidence, and prepare to reach your potential within the industry. You’ll be able to explore career options in all fields of graphic design: including branding, illustration and advertising.
This course has visual communication at its core. You’ll be encouraged to solve creative problems using both traditional design methods and computer technology that allows for experimentation, exploration and creativity.
The beginning of the course lays the groundwork for the innovative exploration of ideas that have strong historical and contextual foundations within graphic design. You’ll explore the core values of the design process through a range of disciplines.
Over time you will cover design problems with more limits attached, resulting in more realistic outcomes. There is more emphasis on a critical awareness of project work, as well as an expectation of increased professional practice.
You’ll propose and execute your own brief through a final major project for 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. Visitors have included True Story, Tomato Collective, Tom Muller, Studio Output, Wigwag, Touch Design and the New Fat.
Core modules include:
- Ideas generation and exploration
- Visual studies
- Design process
- Digital applications
- Historical and contemporary studies
- Specialist studio practice
- Ideas in context
- Critical studies
- Professional practice
Pathway modules include:
- Advanced studio practice
- Final major project proposal
- Final major project resolution
You can view the full Course Specification here.
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The Lace Market
Start: 30th September 2019
Fees / reductions:
Tuition fee: £4,500
The tuition fee is per year.
Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.
Course code: C025536
Foundation Degree in Graphic Design FdA
You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:
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 you would usually need a qualification in a relevant subject area. We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.
You’ll need to submit a digital portfolio with examples of research, development and written work. You’ll be invited in to visit the College and discuss the course in more detail with the course leader after a successful application and submission process.
Experienced mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.
Your work will be assessed on a continuous basis through weekly progress reviews, tutorials and assessment periods which take place three times a year.
There is a wide range of career opportunities within the industry, or you could continue your studies to the final stages of a related honours degree or on to our BA (Hons) Art and Design Top-up Degree.
We have links with local, national and international companies who look for graduates to join their organisations. Students participate in the annual New Designers exhibition in London, where they are frequently singled out for the quality of their work. This is the ideal opportunity to showcase your work to talent scouts from the industry.
This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.
Nottingham College has the highest student satisfaction rates of colleges in the East Midlands- 2018/19 National Student Survey
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