Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

Explore your creative design style and prepare for a career in graphic design, learning from lecturers with industry experience and using the latest design software. This course 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
  • Previous placements have included Meanfiddler, Marks & Spencer, Good Empire, Fast Car Magazine, Drum, Zombie Collective and Quad Graphics
  • You will have an opportunity to work on live briefs for industry clients
  • Taught at University Centre Farnborough, with modern study facilities and access to Adobe software
  • Previous guest visits have included graphic designer Dan Mumford who has worked for exciting clients, including Disney, Sony and Iron Maiden
  • 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 is perfect for those with a creative flair for designing, drawing, web design or photography. We encounter the work of graphic designers every day – on packaging, magazines, books, advertising and online. The ability to explore the different techniques and skills for each of these mediums could lead to a range of interesting careers.

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 modern 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 design skills and encourage your own creative style that will be evident in your portfolio of work produced over the three years of study, which will help set you apart from other candidates when starting your new career. 

 

Who is this programme for?

This degree is aimed at students who wish to develop their skills and portfolios to work in the diverse graphic design industry. You might currently be studying a Level 3, A Level, or Access to Higher Education course; be returning to education after a break, or wish to transfer from another higher education institution. It may also be possible for you to join this course in its second or third year following relevant qualifications and/or experience in the workplace. 

What will I study?

The aim of the first year of study is to give all students a thorough grounding in a wide range of design subjects and creative practical skills. In the second year, the programme offers you the opportunity to develop your skills in more depth in a range of commercial graphic design topics, including work placement in the design industry. The final year of the programme 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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Recent Student Work

Studies include

How will I be taught?

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

You will be taught over two full days per week, giving you more flexibility to balance work or family commitments.

What modules are covered?

Year 1 

  • Type & Layout
  • Type & Image
  • Introduction to Web
  • Visual Communication
  • Design with Materials
  • Professional Practice
  • Academic Studies
  • Digital Image Techniques

  

Year 2 

  • Design for Print
  • Motion Design
  • Branding & Promotion
  • Interactive Design
  • Information Graphics
  • Collaborative Production
  • Industrial Placement
  • Research Practice

 

Year 3

  • 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
  • Animator
  • 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
  • Game artist
  • Multimedia specialist
  • 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?

Applicants must have a portfolio of creative work showcasing their current design and creative skills and experience in a creative subject.

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 - 319B

Institution Code - F66

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

Either: 

  • 72 UCAS points from relevant subject(s) 
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma, with suitable grades 
  • As a mature students who has relevant evidence of work experience and/or relevant recent study following a successful interview 

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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