Level 5

FD in Graphic Design and Illustration

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The FD Graphic Design and Illustration course aim is to produce graduates who fully understand the purposes, processes and end products of graphic design and Illustration practice.

Visual communication is at the heart of the course and a wide range of communication media available to the modern practitioner is explored. Graphic design, Illustration, branding, drawing, print making, 3D model-making, digital communications / motion graphics, animation, web and social media, all can become part of the students’ visual communication tool kit.


Level 4

·         Principles of Design (20 credits)

·         Introduction to Industry Skills (20 credits)

·         Visual Experimentation (20 credits)

·         Contextual Visual Communication 1 (20 credits)

·         Creative Typography (20 credits)

·         Professional Practice 1 (20 credits)

Level 5

·         Advanced Industry Skills (compulsory 20 credits)

·         Contextual Visual Communication 2 (compulsory 20 credits)

·         Professional Practice 2 (compulsory 20 credits)

·         Graphic Design Pathway –Typographic Communication (optional 20 credits)

·         Graphic Design Pathway – Graphic Design Practice and Creative Thinking (optional 20 credits)

·         Graphic Design Pathway – Negotiated study (optional 20 credits)

·         Illustration Pathway - Audience and Message (optional 20 credits)

·         Illustration Pathway – Narrative and Moving Image (optional 20 credits)

·         Illustration Pathway – Negotiated Study (optional 20 credits)


UCAS Code: : GDI1

Fees: £7500

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Upon completion of this foundation degree students may wish to progress to the BDes (Hons) Graphic Design (Top-up) or pursue a career in any of the following areas: freelance illustrator, graphic designer, storyboard artist, animator, commercial artworker, concept artist, marketing and advertising, Print maker and digital communications / motion graphics.


Entry Requirements

64 UCAS points, IELTS Score: 6.5


Course Info

Full Time Higher Education

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