Foundation Degree (FdA) Creative Industries - Graphic Design Pathway Awarded by UCLan

23501W1 | School for the Arts - Wigan
Start Date | 13/09/2022
Time/Day | TUE/WED/TH

Is this course for me?

Graphic design is all around us in magazines, packaging, television, on billboards and online and it all starts with a concept. The opportunity to develop the next big brand, website or advertising campaign starts with your education. The programme focuses on ideas and innovation, delivered using the latest cloud- based industry software, moving from traditional print-based and web design solutions, to interactive and motion graphics. The programme includes visits to design consultants and advertising agencies with the opportunity to work alongside local design practitioners. The course provides the foundations and graphic design skills for the ever expanding creative industries. Undergraduates work on live assignments and may take up an industry placement to develop their full potential. Guest lectures are also delivered by local and national employers. The award obtained is FdA Creative Industries.

What will I study?

Units include; Packaging Design; Web/User Experience; Branding; Typography; Editorial Design; Live Industry Briefs. Specialist Units - Applied Digital Design; Graphic Communication in Context; Introduction to Graphic Communication; Communication Craft Skills.

How long is the course?

Two academic years.

How will I be assessed?

This programme is assessed through a variety of methods from coursework, portfolio assessment and exhibitions.

What qualifications do I need?

80 UCAS points. Mature students with experience, a portfolio of work and employer references will be considered. You will need to present a portfolio of work at interview. Students must also have Grade 4 English GCSE or equivalent.

What can I progress onto?

Students have progressed to work for web-based or traditional agencies organisations across the UK and Europe including Saatchi and Saatchi. With one further year of study you may achieve the BA (Hons) Creative Practitioner at the University Centre

Other Information

As a student on a course awarded by UCLan you have access to their facilities including libraries, social facilities and the Students' Union.

Course Fees


Graphic Designers

Graphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree


FALL in employment in 5 years

What could you earn


Typical Tasks

  • Produces or oversees creation of the final product.
  • Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales.
  • Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project.
  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations.
  • Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes.
  • Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints.


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