Graphic Arts - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Optional Integrated Foundation Entry


Approved by:
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Start:
September
Location:
University Centre
Level:
3+
Institution code:
H65
UCAS code:
W211

Course Details

This Foundation Degree with Optional Integrated Foundation Entry is designed for those who want to study for the foundation degree but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start just yet. The foundation entry modules include: Art & Design Studies, Design Investigation, Specialism Skills and Drawing and Image Communication, giving you the opportunity to explore a range of design practices before progressing to Year One of the Foundation Degree in your chosen specialism.

The course will go on to facilitate the discovery and development of your strengths within the design arena, helping you choose a preferred specialism in either; graphic design, illustration, advertising, motion graphic design, brand consultancy, design consultancy, or studio management.

This programme consists of practical projects covering multiple modules, with a self-initiated final major project that will be displayed at the end of course exhibition. The course allows you to develop individuality, experiment with innovative ways of creative and visual thinking, explore the breadth of possibilities within art and design in 2 and 3 dimensions, and pursue a sustained investigation into your chosen specialism.

At the centre of the course will be the ‘Design Studio’, a real-life working environment, where undergraduates will work on ‘live’ and realistic briefs, to industry standard deadlines, as well as liaising with clients and staff to underpin professional learning. The course will help develop confidence and competence to communicate design solutions, through both print-based and new media graphic disciplines. Personal and professional development will provide opportunities for students to develop a range of skills, techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in a working life environment.

You will study a range of core modules, including:

Foundation Entry year:

  • Art & Design Studies
  • Design Investigation
  • Specialism Skills
  • Drawing and Image Communication

FdA Year 1:

  • Introduction into Graphic Design
  • Historical Contextual Studies
  • Creative Thinking
  • Responsive Professional Practice

FdA Year 2:

  • Professional Practice and Work Based Projects
  • Contemporary Contextual Studies
  • Ideas in Context
  • Pathway Investigation Module

NOTE: The foundation entry element of all of our design-related foundation degrees is generic so may be delivered in classes made up of students from any of our design-related foundation degree with integrated foundation entry programmes.

For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.
Three years if studying full time. If you choose to study part time, the programme may take up to five years. Studying full time often only means attending university for up to 3 days per week.
All students who successfully complete this degree will be offered a guaranteed interview for the BA (Hons) Top up in Graphic Arts at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, they may wish to progress directly into their chosen career.

On successful completion of this qualification, potential career paths may include:

  • graphic design
  • illustration
  • motion graphics
  • web based media
  • publication
  • advertising

Primary contact:
Donna Wright
Email: donna.wright@hughbaird.ac.uk

Secondary contact:
Delyth Coles
Email: delyth.coles@hughbaird.ac.uk

How much will this course cost me?

Tuition fee loans cover university/college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university/college by Student Finance England, so you don’t need a pot of money up front.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than a certain amount.

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It’s never too late to learn

We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

We want to make your university education as flexible and affordable as possible. We offer a number of financial support options to help you go further by staying local. You don’t need to pay for your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help support your living costs. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

Yes. We have a dedicated team of staff on hand to help guide you through the admissions process, from selecting the right course, to completing your UCAS application and applying for financial support.

If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email careers@hughbaird.ac.uk.

Important terms, conditions and disclaimer information about our courses can be found on our Wider Information Set.