Foundation Degree (FdA) Graphic Design

Course: FD Graphic Design Higher Level
Code: QHFDL5GRA1/F011H
Location: Hartford Campus
Dates: 18/09/2017 to 25/05/2019
Times: 00.00 to 00.00
Fee: £5995.00
Hours/week: 12.00
Weeks: 30



01606 74444

What is the programme structure?

The FdA in Graphic Design introduces the work of contemporary graphic designers, exploring their role in society and development of design concepts. An innovative approach to problem solving in visual communications is encouraged and knowledge of production processes developed. The emphasis will be on idea generation techniques, basic and creative typographic skills, presentation of work to industry accepted standards, the use of industry-standard computer software, web page design, contextual studies and work experience.

Who is the programme for?

This programme takes the view that Graphic Design is fundamentally a creative problem solving activity, underpinned by in-depth research, critical analysis and reflection upon the needs of others and the demands of the brief. The course enables students to develop their specialist areas or to retain a broader perspective. Students have the opportunity to work in the specialist accommodation in the Arts and Creative Media building, providing the highest levels of education and training, tailored to the needs of industry.

How long does it take to complete?
2 years full-time (2 days per week).

What qualifications do I need?

UCAS Points Required: 80 points from Level 3 qualifications
For example: A levels; BTEC Extended Diploma; Access to HE Diploma; NVQ3

In addition, GCSE English at Grade 4/5 or C equivalent is desired or be willing to work towards this qualification.

Students who do not meet the admissions requirements will be considered for entry if they can demonstrate that they have the relevant vocational experience, motivation and personal qualities appropriate for this course.

What does it include?

Year 1
Idea Generation
Typography Theory and Design
Computer Applications in Design
Specialist Historical and Contextual Referencing
Professional Studies / Work Experience
Visual Communication Through Design

Year 2
Advertising Campaigns and General Publicity
Idea Origination and Communication
Corporate Identity and Branding
Exploring and Applying Creativity
Self-Generated Final Project
Critical Study (option a)
Business Practice (option b)

Are there any special facilities for the programme?
The facilities provided will be sufficient for the courses requirements and include industry standard software.

Will there be any extra costs involved?

Students may need to purchase text books and there will be some additional materials and resources costs.

Find out about tuition fees and additional course costs

How is the programme assessed?
This programme will be tutor assessed by a combination of methods, e.g. projects, presentations, visual artwork, work-based assessments and peer assessment. Assessment is during and at the end of each term with progressional assessment at the end of each year. Formal assessments are moderated by the University of Chester. There are no exams.

What award will I achieve?
Foundation Degree (FdA) Graphic Design

Examining/Validating Body:
University of Chester

What can I do next?

Key progression pathways from this industry recognised qualification:

• Direct entry onto the third and final year of the BA (Hons) Graphic Design at the University of Chester, or entry onto the second or third year of any relevant Degree or Honours Degree programme, depending on the match of units studied to the Degree programme in question.

• Entry into employment in the graphic design industry to pursue careers in many fields of design including graphic design, advertising, web design, editorial design and many other design related occupations.

• Career development prospects for those already employed in industry.

Equal Opportunities:

Mid Cheshire College is committed to the implementation of a policy to achieve equality of opportunity for all staff, students and members of the community it serves. In doing so the College will actively work to achieve equality regardless of age, race, skin colour, disability, gender, marital status, sexuality and faith.

Additional Learning Support is available for HE students who declare a disability or a specific learning difficulty, and who have claimed the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA). See link below for details.

How do I get further information?

Contact the college on 01606 74444, visit the website or email

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For Foundation Degree (FdA) Graphic Design

All applicants wishing to apply for a Higher Education course at Mid Cheshire College must apply through UCAS – see the link below for help with the application process. Although the deadline is 15th January, we will consider late applications but advise applying by the end of April.

The only exception to this is for those applying for the employer-sponsored HNC/HND Engineering, who can complete the 19+ Application Form which can be downloaded here.

To find out more about the application process and how to write personal statements, follow the resources below.

Do you have any questions?
If there is anything you would still like to know about this course, please don't hesitate to ask us.

Money matters.
Depending upon your circumstances, you may be able to apply for financial support to help you during your studies. Find out more.