Foundation Degree Graphic Design and Illustration

Course Length 2 years
Course Cost
Start Date September 21
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Course overview

Our foundation degree broadens your knowledge of graphic design and illustration and teaches you the techniques and skills needed to forge a creative career. This programme will focus on a range of graphic techniques such as illustration and typography. You will also learn how to communicate visually with an audience.

Our handpicked modules develop your employability skills as well as providing you with plenty of opportunities to captivate a crowd. You’ll work with design studios, companies, independents and freelancers to showcase your work, promote yourself and develop media campaigns, in a programme designed to meet the demands of the creative industry.

While studying with us, you’ll leverage our excellent industry links to develop your work, enter competitions and work on client projects. You’ll also produce a sustained body of graphic design or illustration work which will be displayed as part of an industry event.

For all relevant policies and procedures and other relevant documents please see the University Centre Leeds website here.

This is a University Centre Leeds course, validated by Leeds City College

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  • Entry Requirements
    A typical offer is likely to consist of:
    • A Levels: 2xD grades one of which to be in a relevant subject
    • BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade in relevant subjects
    • Access to HE Diploma: Overall pass with 60 credits, with 24 credits to be at a Merit grade in a relevant subject
    • IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.
    • International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria
    • Mature applicants: Harrogate College welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.
    • *21 years and over at the start of the course
    • RPL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)
    • Interviews / audition: A successful interview and portfolio will be required.
  • Benefits/Skills
    • Creating practical work
    • Developing your creative practice
    • Design and Illustration skills development
    • Entrepreneurial skills.
    • Developing a professional network and industry links.
    • Marketing and promotion.
    • Critical thinking.
    • Creative and technical skills appropriate to your practice.
    • Mentoring by industry professionals.
    • The opportunity to work collaboratively on ideas and creative projects.
    • To gain experience working on live work-based projects.
    • Understanding the mechanics of the creative industry.
  • Units/Modules

    Modules may include:

    Year 1 – Level 4 modules:
    • Typography
    • Image Making
    • The Creative Professional
    • Commercial Practice
    • Visual Communication
    • Graphic Design & Illustration in Context
    Year 2 – Level 5 modules:
    • Live Brief
    • Collaboration
    • Contemporary Issues in Graphic Design & Illustration
    • Personal Project
    • Industry Event
  • Careers/Progression
    What’s next?

    Progression may include a top-up degree or moving into relevant employment.

    Job opportunities may include:
    • Creative director
    • Advertising art director
    • Layout designer
    • Animator
    • Printmaker
    • Freelance designer
  • Assesment Types
    At level 4 and 5 assessment is through a variety of forms linked to industry standards and professional practice which can include the production of a portfolio of practical work, diarised logs, pitches, presentations, delivery of workshops and written essays.

Please note that you will be directed to the University Centre Leeds UCAS page. Please choose the 'Harrogate College' campus option.

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