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, visual culture, developing creative practice and independent learning.

Level 5 (year 2 for full-time students) begins the process of Graphic Design creative practice, professional practice, creative entrepreneur, contemporary issues in design, creative industries 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: CLICK HERE

Entry Requirements:

48 UCAS tariff points
Programme/Award: FdA Graphic Design
UCAS code: 3Y4C
Entry requirements 2019-20:
  • Our offer is 48 UCAS tariff points from at least one GCE/A levels, 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 or substantial recent practical experience and a portfolio of work
  • 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.
Mature Applicants We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over as at 1st September in the academic year of admission) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. Applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview and will be advised of the criteria in advance. To find out more, please email university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk.
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 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. 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


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.


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

Mode of Study:

Full-time & Part-time

The Learning Resource Centre staff provide:

  • A comprehensive research and information literacy package
  • Support with accessing both online and physical resources for the course modules
  • Advice with finding resources for individual research projects and dissertations
  • Comprehensive reading lists specific to the course
  • Support and guidance with referencing
Our Disability Advice and Support Service helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


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
Course Fee (2019/20):

Tuition Fees – Information relating to fees is here

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