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All Foundation Degrees are validated by the University of Hertfordshire

UCAS Code: W216
Institution Code: HERTS H36
Campus name: Hertford Regional College
Campus code: H

Our FdA Graphic Design programme provides the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in two years of full-time study. It focuses on developing creative and technical skills which provide a strong foundation for a career in the creative industries. You will undertake a range of vocational projects, which challenge you to provide communication and design solutions in the areas of advertising, branding, digital illustration, editorial design and packaging, as well as new and emerging media. You will learn how to use a range of digital and non-digital techniques to design solutions. This course has an emphasis on personal development and employability within the creative industries and offers excellent employer engagement, live briefs, industry feedback, guest speakers, study trips and overseas visits.

The FdA Graphic Design programme is validated by the University of Hertfordshire and you can read more comprehensive course information here.

What can I do next?

Upon successful completion of the course you have the option to progress onto the final year of either BA (Hons) Graphic Design or BA (Hons) Graphic Design Advertising and Branding at the University of Hertfordshire. Alternatively, you can progress onto an appropriate BA (Hons) programme at another institution. You could also enter a career in the creative industries. There are a range of career opportunities in design and illustration; particularly in the fields of branding, advertising, marketing, editorial design, digital design and design education. Our graduates have also gone on to set up their own businesses or continue their professional practice on a freelance, self-employed basis.

What will I be doing?

Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, small group tutorials, practical assignments and written work. You are encouraged to undertake independent study to consolidate your learning and to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject. You will also experience working collaboratively on projects with other higher education courses. There is the opportunity to take part in industry live briefs with local community businesses, organisations, groups and head offices as well as prestigious national and international design competitions.

The engagement of students with industry through work placement is comprehensive on the programme with a dedicated work-based learning module that provides the opportunity to expand, develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills learnt with local and national employers. You are also encouraged to independently negotiate and organise your own work placement opportunities.

Level 4 (Year One)

Core Modules

  • WBL: Developing Professional and Employability Skills Part 1 - 15 Credits
  • Creative Skills Development - 30 Credits
  • Vocational Project - 30 Credits
  • WBL: Developing Professional and Employability Skills Part 2 - 15 Credits
  • Contextual Studies - 30 Credits

Level 5 (Year Two)

Core Modules

  • WBL Project: Professional Practice - 30 Credits
  • Critical and Cultural Studies - 30 Credits
  • Portfolio Development (Graphic Design) - 30 Credits
  • Final Major Project (Graphic Design) - 30 Credits

Added Extras

You will have a dedicated design studio space and access to state-of-the-art facilities including workshops and Mac suites as well as industry standard resources. We have a Creative Enterprise Shop that stocks products designed by you. The shop also pops-up at local community events, shops, empty shop units, external exhibitions both local and inner London. The teaching team combines full-time teaching staff with part-time industry professionals, who split their time between teaching and working in the creative industries. Throughout the programme there is an international study trip; recent destinations include Berlin, Iceland and Budapest, as well as national study trips and visits to businesses, agencies, museums and galleries.

You can visit our Instagram @creative_enterprise_hub and follow our current students creative exploits.

You will also have the opportunity to manage and curate your own exhibitions in our stunning David Gentleman Gallery as well as at external venues.

The David Gentleman Gallery has exhibitions digitally as well as physically, you can see our current online exhibitions at https://thedavidgentlemangallery.co.uk.

How will I be assessed?

This programme is assessed from 100% coursework consisting of practical assignments and written work. These include creative projects, pitches, presentations, project management, live briefs, work placements, ongoing reflection/evaluation, essays and reports.Assessment is continuous throughout the programme with tutor, self and peer assessment with a University Exam Board at the end of each semester.

Entry requirements

48 UCAS points

IB - 48 points with a minimum of 1 HL subject at grade 4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

An interview or presentation of portfolio may also be required.

The University also accepts a number of other equivalent qualifications including BTEC, IB and Access courses - to find out more about the requirements for these and other equivalent qualifications please visit UCAS.

Mature students will be considered on the basis of relevant experience and an appropriate portfolio of work.

Fee Information

Full-time

£6165 for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Students are normally eligible for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. See www.gov.uk/student-finance

Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only.

These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change

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