FdA Graphic Design - Full Time

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Length 2 Years
Site West Durrington Campus Map
Attendance Full time
Course Code FHFGD1
Tutor Susan Sanders

About this Course

(This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Northbrook College)

UCAS code: W210


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The FdA Graphic Design course, generated with industry partners, engages students with the development of the rich combination of new and traditional technical and creative skills, preparing them for careers in graphic design and related fields. The College environment provides ideal stimulus for students’ creative ability with great scope for cross media experimentation and fulfilment of live briefs from within the department and from professional studios.


The first year centres on gaining knowledge of techniques, ideas and the essentials of the creative process, exploring the many facets of the subject including digital and interactive platforms. It also aims to marry the subject specific discipline with a broad overview of historical and contemporary issues relating to the context of design.


The second year focuses on the professional environment, market awareness and generating the creative and self-management skills necessary for the work place. Assignments are initiated through a range of industry links stimulating ideas, concepts and design solutions with valid and valuable outcomes. These constitute the body of the student portfolio which, alongside employability workshops and web presence, build significant professional profiles. The course concludes with showcase exhibitions.


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Course Content

Year 1
Materials and Methods – general and subject specific workshops
Creative and Design Processes – subject specific assignments
IT Design – introductory and advanced workshops
Cultural and Supporting Studies – a core programme of lectures and seminars that examines the links between art, design, media and cultural issues
Design Studies & Professional Studies – explore the nature and practice of Graphic Design
Minor Project – semester-long assignment


Year 2
Professional Practice Briefs – 5 x 5 week long, industry led projects
Professional and Business Practice – visiting practitioners, business studies and work experience or industry research
Final Major Project – produce an in-depth body of portfolio work
Cultural and Supporting Studies – a critical study of an aspect of practice


Many of the teaching staff are practising professionals with many years of industry experience.

Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study, which may include 3 weeks' work experience.


See Programme Specification...

Progression/Career Path

Upon successful completion of the course, students may progress to a one year top-up BA (Hons) degree, employment or freelance work.

Assessment/Exams

There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).

Entry Requirements

Portfolio & Interview


Plus


Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:


- BTEC/UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in an appropriate subject
- A Levels – with at least 56 points (or 140 in old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
- Foundation Studies Diploma in Art & Design/Media
- Access Diploma in related subject
- An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.


Mature students without formal qualifications but with relevant experience are encouraged to apply.


Individual offers may vary.

Applications

Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

Click here to open UCAS site

Click here for more information about how to apply.

Further Details

Data from Unistats, the UK's national higher education data comparison website:

Course Content

Year 1
Materials and Methods – general and subject specific workshops
Creative and Design Processes – subject specific assignments
IT Design – introductory and advanced workshops
Cultural and Supporting Studies – a core programme of lectures and seminars that examines the links between art, design, media and cultural issues
Design Studies & Professional Studies – explore the nature and practice of Graphic Design
Minor Project – semester-long assignment


Year 2
Professional Practice Briefs – 5 x 5 week long, industry led projects
Professional and Business Practice – visiting practitioners, business studies and work experience or industry research
Final Major Project – produce an in-depth body of portfolio work
Cultural and Supporting Studies – a critical study of an aspect of practice


Many of the teaching staff are practising professionals with many years of industry experience.

Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study, which may include 3 weeks' work experience.


See Programme Specification...

Progression/Career Path

Upon successful completion of the course, students may progress to a one year top-up BA (Hons) degree, employment or freelance work.

Assessment/Exams

There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).

Entry Requirements

Portfolio & Interview


Plus


Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:


- BTEC/UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in an appropriate subject
- A Levels – with at least 56 points (or 140 in old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
- Foundation Studies Diploma in Art & Design/Media
- Access Diploma in related subject
- An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.


Mature students without formal qualifications but with relevant experience are encouraged to apply.


Individual offers may vary.

Applications

Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

Click here to open UCAS site

Click here for more information about how to apply.

Further Details

Data from Unistats, the UK's national higher education data comparison website: