Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

Complete your graphic design studies with our one-year top-up degree. This programme will enable you to ‘top-up’ your existing skills and qualifications into a full honors degree, if you have previously studied graphic design as an HND or foundation degree. This programme starts each September and is awarded by the University of Surrey.

Course highlights 

  • It provides a route into careers related to graphic design, illustration, web design, branding, marketing and more
  • It can convert your existing qualifications , such as a HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject, and/or experiences into a full degree
  • Previous guest visits have included graphic designer Dan Mumford and photographer Clare Strand
  • The opportunity to work on live briefs for industry clients
  • Taught at University Centre Farnborough, with modern study facilities and access to the latest software
  • Being taught over two full days per week, the course also gives you more flexibility in balancing work or family commitments

Why study this course with us? 

This programme combines conventional graphic design subjects with the new emerging interactive disciplines to reflect current industry aspirations. The programme provides the specialised skills needed for those who go on to work in such areas as graphic design, branding and advertising, web design and multimedia.

At Farnborough, you will be involved with live industry briefs, design work placements and international design competitions. You will also be taught the latest Adobe Creative Suite software including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and After Effects in up-to-date Apple Mac studios. The design studio is fitted out with large format printers, a 3D printing facility and computerised cutting facility.

A degree in graphic design will hone your own design skills and encourage your own creative style that can help set you apart from other candidates when starting your new career. You will also be involved in an internal art exhibition where your designs will be displayed.

 

Who is this programme for?

This degree was designed for students who wish to continue to develop their skills and portfolios to work in the varied graphic design industry. You will have studied a foundation degree or a HND in a relevant subject and would like to gain a full honours degree. Or you might be returning to education after a break, or wish to transfer from another higher education institution.

What will I study?

This top-up degree offers you the opportunity to focus on your select pathway of interest in the field of graphic design as well as undertaking a major personal project.  

Fees

FEE COST
Fee Per Year £8000

Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in a series of practical lectures and workshops, with supporting contextual lectures.

Being taught over two full days per week, the course gives you more flexibility in balancing work or family commitments.

What modules are covered?

  • Applied Practice
  • Creative Narrative
  • Dissertation
  • Design Industry Competition briefs
  • Major Design Project
  • Technical Application

In addition to taught modules, a final year project will allow you to choose a topic to investigate in greater depth. Recent examples have included packaging design, branding, publication design, web and app interface design.

 

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes in-class tests, practical work, coursework, assignments, examination, practical demonstrations, and production report and project presentations.

Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

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Progression

What Next?

There are a wide range of careers where your new degree will be relevant. Some of the examples below may require extra training and experience first. Please speak to our careers advisers to discover which career routes are best for you.

Jobs directly related to your graphic design degree include:

  • Advertising art director
  • Artworker
  • Creative director
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Printmaker
  • Production designer, theatre/television/film
  • VFX artist

Jobs where your graphic design degree would be useful include:

  • CAD technician
  • Exhibition designer
  • Fine artist
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Urban designer
  • UX designer  

Transferable Skills

  • Communicate effectively to varied audiences in writing and verbally, e.g. through presentations
  • Benefit from the critical judgements of others and recognise their personal strengths and needs
  • Interact effectively with others and work in a team with effective interpersonal skills
  • Exercise self-management skills in managing their workloads and meeting deadlines Deliver work to meet a brief and deadline, using appropriate referencing
  • Planning and researching written work 
  • Effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively 
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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are seperate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code - 4T7P

Institution Code - F66

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

Foundation Degree or equivalent, HE Level 5 in a relevant subject Pass 50% average where classified.

If English is not your first language, evidence of your ability will need to be supplied with your applications. IELTS 6.5 is required. 

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