Graphic Design FD





About the course

Our Graphic Design Foundation Degree involves a dynamic mix of ideas, professional practice, digital, print, moving image and theory.

The course has a strong commercial work related focus and prepares students for the broad range of demands that the industry requires.

The student experience is broadened by the use of guest speakers, live projects and residential visits to Europe. Students also have the opportunity to compete with other students around the world in a range of competitions and exhibitions, both locally and in London.



Graphic Design - FD - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - Y383
  • Campus Location - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Why choose this course?

The FdA Graphic Design course embraces practices and ideas aligned to contemporary Graphic Design, and broader design practices as a whole. Through the course you will gain both practical and theoretical knowledge surrounding the topic of Graphic Design. You will also undertake work-related study to help compound your learning. This will ensure you will leave with the necessary skills to work creatively in Graphic Design and lead on to study at Level 6 of the BA (Hons) course at the University of Bedfordshire.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Units

  • Graphic Design (Development & Production Methods) (ART025-1) Compulsory
  • Graphic Design (Practice & Key Skills) (ART024-1) Compulsory
  • Key Ideas In Art And Design: Modernism (ART001-1) Compulsory
  • Foundation Degree Art And Design Project (ART014-2) Compulsory
  • Foundation Degree Project Planning Development And Work Based Learning (ART013-2) Compulsory
  • Key Ideas In Art And Design: Globalisation (ART001-2) Compulsory



Discover the School of Art and Design

The School of Art and Design has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and this was reflected when we came in the top 15 for Art and Design courses in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).

Studying in the School will give you personal access to a creative team of successful practitioners and academics who regularly publish, design and exhibit Nationally and Internationally, in art and design and, the creative industries. All are dedicated to teaching and the privileges this brings.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

A range of appropriate assessments will enable you to grow in confidence and demonstrate your acquisition of knowledge and skills. The assessment methods used across the course include:


  • Coursework to include examples of print design, web design, moving image, drawing, research portfolios, notebooks, research assignments, essays, contextual writing.
  • Assessments based on individual and group presentations.
  • Portfolio reviews are a key means of assessing but they are also important for collating work for a professional portfolio. This instils in students the right attitudes towards professional work whereby you can use your portfolio to promote yourself in professional contexts.
  • Essays and reports feature in developing students writing skills, helping you to express ideas in a variety of ways and styles and to develop academic writing skills. If progressing to the BA (Hons) Top-up at Level 6, after completion of your foundation degree, these skills will benefit in producing the final year contextual rationale for your major project.

Core art and design skills are embedded in the teaching and learning of the course and will be taken into account in all assessments.

The assessments will develop incrementally across the course and allow you to gain skills, confidence and knowledge, receive feedback and develop, thus allowing you to implement this knowledge and feedback into subsequent assessments.

At the end of the course completion of the assessments will demonstrate your ability to analyse current graphic design and communicate practice, in both written and visual formats, as well as demonstrate a range of transferable skills relevant to your professional employability.

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

2017/18 entry

UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

  • Portfolio review

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The foundation degree has an emphasis on strong vocational skills and academic relevance and will enable you to develop your creativity in order to gain relevant employment in the creative industries sector and/or the opportunity for further study in art and design at BA Level



Employability skills are integrated into the course at both Level 4 and 5 and provide you with an awareness of real-world contexts. As part of your course you will be helped to develop a strategy for obtaining appropriate work placements/employment/worked-related learning as part of your course. A Work-Based Learning unit at Level 5, will help you to become more focused on managing your career. You will be helped with the preparation of a professional portfolio; including a CV (curriculum vitae) and social media skills needed to promote yourself in a social mediated art and design world.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Facilities

Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

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Graphic Design - FD

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