FdA Graphic Design (UCAS code 3Y4C)

Course Overview:

This course is for people who want to develop the creative, critical, professional and personal skills required in the competitive and rapidly changing Creative Industries landscape. As well as engaging with contemporary issues and practices, the FdA Graphic Design encompasses areas including advertising, branding, packaging design, typographic design, illustration and web/app design. The aim is to develop creative and technical skills related to Graphic Design alongside employability and academic skills through a variety of exciting assignments and real design projects. The course delivery is constantly developing in line with changes within the Creative Industries and advances in digital technology and practice.

Level 4 (year 1 for full-time students) develops Graphic Design creative skills, creative thinking skills, visual research skills, academic techniques and independent learning.

Level 5 (year 2 for full-time students) begins the process of Graphic Design creative practice and design process skills, professional practice, academic techniques and independent learning.

Most modules count for 15 academic credits although some, such as Visual Research in the first year, are double weighted and count for 30 credits.  Each credit equates to the total of 2 teaching, learning and assessment hours.  Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, and assessment activity.

Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester.  All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 240 credits for the foundation degree as a whole.  Your overall grade for the course is based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 4 and 5.

Both the full-time and part-time course has one start point in September.

A copy of the rules and regulations governing this course are available here http://www.glos.ac.uk/docs/download/Business/academic-regulations-for-taught-provision.pdf



 

Entry Requirements:

Programme/Award:

FdA Graphic Design

UCAS code:

3Y4C

Entry requirements 2017-18:

  • Our typical offer is 48 UCAS tariff points from at least one A level, or equivalent
  • UCAS tariff points from Scottish Highers or Advanced Highers are accepted
  • UCAS tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • UCAS tariff points from BTEC level 3 Diplomas are accepted
  • International Baccalaureate:  full diploma, achieving at least 24 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: at least nine credits must be achieved at Distinction grades, with all remaining level 3 credits at Merit grades
  • Edexcel/BTEC National:  Merit/Pass
  • Appropriate language and numeracy skills. National Literacy and Numeracy tests at level 2 or 3 will be accepted in lieu of GCSE English and Maths.
  • Applications from current professional practitioners are welcomed.

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Additional requirements:

  • A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service report
  • A satisfactory Occupational Health Clearance
  • It is a requirement for work placements
  • A face-to-face interview may be required before an offer is made.

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at level 5.  For further information please visit our Credit Transfer www.ycuc.ac.uk page.  Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit.  Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior Learning page www.ycuc.ac.uk

Duration:

Two years (Full-time), four years (Part-time)

Mode of Study:

Full-time & Part-time

Academic Support:

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)
Our Disability Advice and Support Service helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Assessment:

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark.  For each module you will receive ‘formative’ assessment and feedback from your tutor on the assignment work you are working on.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module.  Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, design projects and presentations.  The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Module Information

This module map provides a list of modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits: enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests.  You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.

The modules available on the course are as follows:

Year 1 for full-time students (Level 4)

To complete your programme you must pass the following compulsory modules:

Module Code / Module Title

Credits

Semester

GD4001: Visual Culture 1 (Graphic Design)

15

SEM 1

GD4002: Visual Culture 2 (Graphic Design)

15

SEM 2

GD4003: Visual Research (Graphic Design)

30

SEM 1

GD4004: Creative Skills

15

SEM 1

GD4005: Learning Creative Thinking

15

SEM 2

GD4006: Developing Creative Practice

30

SEM 2

Year 2 for full-time students (level 5)

To complete your programme you must pass the following compulsory modules:

Module Code / Module Title

Credits

Semester

GD5007: Professional Practice

15

SEM 1

GD5008: Major Practice & Research Project Planning

15

SEM 2

GD5009: Creative Practice (Graphic Design)

30

SEM 1

GD5010: The Creative Entrepreneur (Graphic Design)

15

SEM 2

GD5011: The Creative Industries

30

SEM 2

GD5012: Contemporary Issues in Design

15

SEM 1

Feedback:

You will receive feedback on all assignment work and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. 

We aim to provide you with feedback within four weeks of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

Note:  You must achieve a pass mark of 40 and above in all Year 1 modules as a prerequisite, before progression to Year 2 modules.


Course Fee (2017/18):

£6,000 per year (Full-time); £3,000 per year (Part-Time) Please see Fees & Funding for further information relating to fees.

Awarding Body:

University of Gloucestershire

How do I apply:

To study full-time, please apply through UCAS (Institute name: YEOV, Institute code: Y25, Course code for FdA Graphic Design: 3Y4C). For the part-time route, please apply direct to the Yeovil College University Centre by calling 01935 845454 or emailing university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk