This two-year foundation degree course will give you a solid grounding in graphic design. You’ll be able to develop your practical skills and knowledge of the design business, from taking briefs to working with different media.
The course explores a wide range of graphic disciplines, with modules dedicated to topics such as publication design, graphic identity, packaging and promotional graphics, as well as design history and the design industry.
There’s a strong practical element. Working graphic designers help teach the course and much of your coursework will involve design briefs, which you’ll tackle individually or as part of a team in our well-equipped studios.
You’ll also work on placement in both years of the course so you can learn on the job. We’ve strong links with employers locally and we’ll help you arrange high quality placements using our contacts.
We live in an increasingly visual world. Customers will make snap decisions about companies within seconds of picking up their literature or visiting their website – and this is a vital consideration for any designer.
During the course you’ll explore these cultural issues, how different visual identities influence perception and how you can adapt your design approach to appeal to the given audience and achieve the right outcomes for your clients.
All of this is great preparation for any visual career, but if you want to you can study at university for a third year and ‘top up’ your qualification to an honours degree.
This course provides a solid basis for a career in graphic design, digital graphics, media communications, advertising and marketing promotions. Working graphic designers help teach the course and we’ll encourage you to arrange placements or carry out design assignments from the very start. We have strong links with local and national employers.
We’ll assess your progress using your design portfolio, written assignments and performance during work placements.
Whether you aim to work in the creative industries or the social sciences, the legal profession or public service, the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for professional life.
Our lively, diverse community and ambitious academic environment will broaden your horizons and help you develop your full potential - many of our courses give you the chance to learn another language, study abroad or undertake work placements as you study.
If you’re interested in art, music, drama or film, check out our packed programme of events. Together with our partners in the creative and cultural industries, we’re always working to enrich the cultural life of the university and the wider community.
Our research is groundbreaking and internationally recognised, with real social impact. We support the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), whose projects include interactive music apps and documenting lifesaving childbirth procedures, as well as nine international research clusters, such as the Centre for Children's Book Studies and the Labour History Research Unit.
In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, six of our subject areas were awarded world-leading status: Law; Art and Design; English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; History; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
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