Foundation Degree Graphic Arts and Design (SHU) - Full Time Year 1

Course Overview

Do you want to be the kind of creative person who stands out from the crowd? Do you also want plenty of 1-2-1 support, small class sizes, live briefs with industry, quality teaching and excellent technical resources? If yes, then this is the course for you. We produce versatile, resourceful, confident graduates who are creative, imaginative and self-motivated. Whilst with us you will gain the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career within this exciting industry. Our industry connections are second to none across the North West and in London — not to mention Europe and New York! You will also work in a studio environment that is supportive and encourages collaboration and professional practice. Join us if you would like to learn, change, grow and discover.

Course Requirements

All applications will be considered individually however offers will usually be based on:

64 UCAS points (those with 48 UCAS points will be considered for an interview)
BTEC Level 3 qualification (2 years) in relevant subject
Other related Level 3 qualifications
Normally 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or numeric score of 4/5 under newly reformed GCSE grading), including maths or English
An Access to Higher Education Diploma in relevant area

Related work experience will be considered in place of formal qualifications

Course Assessment

We use a wide range of assessment methods throughout the course. You will be encouraged to assess yourself and others as part of your studies. The course values self-evaluation and the ability to reflect on learning. You will receive regular verbal and written feedback throughout the year and there are key assessment points when summative feedback is provided.

Course Finance

Please contact the College for further information.Minimal material costs.
Extra costs if you choose to join us on annual trips to London and Europe.

Course Includes

We offer students a challenging and enlightening route that will enable them to evolve as a designer. Our collective goal is that they leave the course with an original portfolio of work and professional and practical skills that will best prepare them for progressing to professions in the creative industries or to progress to further study.

Units are:
Year One
Digital Principles
Design Practice
Context 1
Digital Platforms
Work Related Learning
Major Project
Context 2


Foundation Degree (FdA) Graphic Arts & Design

Course Potential Careers

On successful completion of the programme students can either top-up to an appropriate degree or honours degree programme or progress into a career in the creative industries.

Course Dates

September 2019 to June 2021

Course Times

10:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:00

Email Contact

Examining Body

Sheffield Hallam University

Hours Per Week

12.5hours,full- time

Phone Contact

0300 300 0090

Programme Structure

The UK’s Creative Industries are worth £84.1 billion to the UK economy. Since 2011, visual arts has been one of the fastest growing areas of creative industry employment. The creative economy has grown by a quarter since 2011. Greater Manchester is now the second largest hub for creative and digital content after London. The new FdA Graphic Design programme is designed to best prepare students to enter an exciting and multidisciplinary industry. Over the two years, students will build knowledge and experience of design principles and the fundamentals which underpin the graphic designer of the past and present. Using this as a foundation, students apply creative thinking to real world design challenges, both in digital and in print.


30-34 weeks