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Graphic Design Foundation Degree - Full or Part-time

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Course outline

This course is the perfect option if you want to explore your creativity, take risks, build your confidence, and prepare to reach your potential within the industry.

You’ll be able to specialise in one of three pathways: graphic design; advertising; or illustration.

This course has visual communication at its core. You’ll be encouraged to solve creative problems using both traditional design methods and computer technology that allows for experimentation, exploration and creativity.

Year 1 lays the groundwork for the innovative exploration of ideas that have strong historical and contextual foundations within graphic design. You’ll explore the core values of the design process through a range of disciplines. 

Year 2 offers design problems with more limits attached, resulting in more realistic outcomes. There is more emphasis on a critical awareness of project work, as well as an expectation of
increased professional practice.

You’ll propose and execute your own brief through a final major project for the annual end of year show. Guest speakers are a regular feature of the course; recent visitors have included Tomato Collective, Tom Muller and Studio Output.

Core modules include:

  • ideas generation and exploration
  • visual studies
  • design process
  • digital applications
  • historical and contemporary studies
  • specialist studio practice
  • ideas in context
  • critical studies
  • professional practice

Pathway modules include:

  • advanced studio practice
  • final major project proposal
  • final major project resolution

If you choose to study this programme on a three-year part-time basis, we’ll arrange an appropriate study plan for you.

You can view the full Course Specification here.

Next steps

Entry onto the full-time course is via UCAS

Course codes:
Graphic Design FdA: W201
Graphic Design (Advertising): W210
Graphic Design (Illustration): W2C0

Institution code: N30

Entry onto the part-time course is via the College, you can contact the College on (0115) 9100 100 for an application form or download an application form here.

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Location Date(s) Course code Fees / reductions


Adams Building, The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1NG


25 September 2018 - 26 June 2020

Course code:


Fees / reductions:

2018/19 fees are yet to be confirmed.


Adams Building, The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1NG


25 September 2018 - 25 June 2021

Course code:


Fees / reductions:

2018/19 fees are yet to be confirmed.


Graphic Design Foundation Degree


2 years full-time

3 years part-time

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design
  • at least two A Levels at ‘A2’, with one in an art and design subject area
  • a BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma in an art, design or media-related subject area
  • International Baccalaureate

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at Level 2 or above in English Language and Maths.

Mature students with relevant experience and/or qualifications, including an Access to HE Diploma within a relevant area, are welcome to apply.

You will be expected to submit a digital portfolio with examples of research, development and written work. You will be offered the opportunity to visit the College and discuss the foundation degree in more detail with the course leader after a successful application and submission process.

Teaching & assessment

Your work will be assessed on a continuous basis through weekly progress reviews, tutorials and assessment periods which take place three times a year.


There is a wide range of career opportunities within the industry, or you could continue your studies to the final stages of a related honours degree or on to our BA (Hons) Design (Graphics) Top-up Degree.

We have links with local, national and international companies who look for graduates to join their organisations. Students participate in the annual New Designers
exhibition in London, where they are frequently singled out for the quality of their work. This is the ideal opportunity to showcase your work to talent scouts from the industry.

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.

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