Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

The course seeks to reflect current industry aspirations by combining more conventional Graphic Design subjects with the new emerging interactive disciplines. The programme provides the special skills needed for those who go on to work in such areas as Graphic Design, branding and advertising, web design and multimedia.

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

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, Flash & After Effects in up-to-date Apple Mac studios. The design studio is fitted out with large format printers, a 3D printing facility and computerized cutting facility.

We have a strong and successful record within Media and Creative Arts, with expert full-time staff recruited from industry, and visiting lecturers with established professional standing. We strongly encourage and support links to employment and industry, and provide a module for you to engage in work placement in the second year of the course.

The course is assessed mainly by a variety of industry related in-course assignments and is delivered by specialist lecturers who seek to help students achieve their potential in a friendly supportive environment.


The University Centre Farnborough Experience:

✓ Degrees awarded by the prestigious University of Surrey
✓ Nationally-recognised HNC/Ds awarded by Pearson
✓ Small campus experience where you won’t get lost in the crowd
✓ Dynamic new University Centre building and Study Centre
✓ Cash bursary of up to £2k for those students/courses that are eligible
✓ Welcoming environment for both mature students and college leavers
✓ Work-focused qualifications that link to the needs of the workplace
✓ Recognition of prior learning and experiences mean you could join a degree in the second or third year
✓ Graduation ceremony to share your successes

Who is this programme for?

Graphic Design is the perfect area to study if you are looking to further your skills or retrain in the commercial creative industry. This course has been set up to provide you with a vocationally relevant qualification in the rapidly expanding world of digital Graphic Design.

What will I study?

You will study a variety of practical design skills, software and creative techniques and contextual modules.

£2,000 Bursary

A limited number of £2,000 cash bursaries are available to eligible new undergraduates in their first year. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply on our Finance webpage.


Fee Per Year £8000

Contact Us

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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How will I be taught?

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

What modules are covered?

Year One
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. The modules include:

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

Year Two
The programme offers students the opportunity to develop their skills in more depth in a range of commercial graphic design topics, including work placement in the design industry. The modules include:

  • Design for Print
  • Motion Design
  • Branding & Promotion
  • Interactive Design
  • Information Graphics
  • Collaborative Production
  • Industrial Placement
  • Cultural Impact

Year Three

The final year of the programme offers the students the opportunity to focus on their select pathway of interest in the field of Graphic Design as well as undertaking a major personal project. Modules include

  • Major Design project
  • Options in Animation, Web design, Advertising and Photography
  • Research Techniques
  • Discourse & Representation
  • Design Industry Competition briefs

In addition to taught modules, a final year project will allow students to choose a topic to investigate in greater depth. Recent examples have included Packaging Design, Branding, Publication design, Web & 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 you will experience will give you the confidence and capability to complete an Honours degree and progress further in your career. Your Tutor will be on hand to provide support during the assessment process and discuss any queries you may have. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes:

  • In class tests
  • Assessed practical work
  • Assessed coursework / assignments
  • Formative assessment through assignment work feedback
  • Formal examination
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Production report
  • Project presentation

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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What Next?

Graduates will be able to enter into the creative industry, working in Junior Design posts, Freelance opportunities and Artworker positions.


The College is committed to delivering programmes that enhance the employability of our students by equipping them with the essential skills valued by employers. The College has always had a strong vocational and professional focus, effective links with industry and employs a range of strategies to ensure that our graduates are ready to enter the world of work.

The second year of the course features a work placement within the design industry, enabling students to get firsthand experience and to develop links to employers and industry. Placements have included Meanfiddler, Marks & Spencer’s, Good Empire, Fast Car Magazine, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Drum, Zombie Collective, Quad Graphics and Letterworks Printing Company.

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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.

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

72 UCAS points from relevant subject(s). Relevant evidence of work experience and CPD and successful interview. A satisfactory reference is required.

UCAS Code:319B

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I was studying a Foundation Degree locally, but decided to take a gap year and applied to University Centre Farnborough, and now I'm in my third year. There's a lot more flexibility to work while studying and the resources are so much better - you have access to resources like the Apple Mac computers. 

In the first year you get your portfolio together, and in the second year you have two weeks' work experience. I did mine with a local graphic design company, and after my two weeks were finished they approached me about working for them full time. A year later, I'm still working there as a Designer, and will be continuing to work there when I've finished my degree.


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