This course is for those interested in developing their design skills to a professional level and preparing a portfolio for industry. The qualifications can be taken in preparation for a Top-Up Degree in Graphic Design, an internationally-recognised technical qualification equivalent to levels 4 & 5 study (first & second year degree). The HNC & HND are also a stand-alone qualification at level 4 & 5.
You will become increasingly independent and you will initiate and develop your own projects, from personal research and interests. A substantial amount of your time will be spent preparing a highly individual and professional portfolio.
We have visiting designers plus off-site visits to design studios, galleries and museums. We work on live projects, engage in group work and have a high ratio of students/lecturer (no more than 1:15, with frequent 1:1 access and a dedicated tutor).
The content of the course is 100% coursework. You will be given formative feedback during each project and summative assessment at Pass, Merit or Distinction. Guidelines on submission rules will be provided at induction.
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The course is taught mainly through studio-based projects. You will also work on group projects, which will prepare you for the demands of a professional working environment. Live briefs are an important aspect of this course and we will encourage you to apply for an internship or other work experience.
These courses will dramatically increase your efficiency & provide you with solid designs skills to present to your client.
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The course is project-based. You will study a range of subjects including typography, digital media, advertising, editorial design, and infographics. These will introduce you to a range of specialised skills to encourage an exploratory and creative approach to graphic design. The projects will be supported by core units in visual communication, idea generation and development, contextual and cultural referencing, and professional practice. This is not a definitive list as there are optional and extra units. At the end of the course, you will compile your portfolio and exhibit your work.