18+ Foundation Diploma in Graphic Design, Photography and Media

This practical cutting edge programme has been created to meet the needs of adult learners (18+) wishing to pursue a creative career, progress to Higher Education at The Sheffield College or join a creative apprenticeship but do not have the formal skills, portfollio or qualifications to progress.

Successful students will be guaranteed a place on one of Norton College’s award winning H.E courses, our Creative Apprenticeship programme or our Award winning NCTJ courses which consist of:

FdA Photography

FdA Media Production

FdA Graphic Design

NCTJ Photojournalism

NCTJ Journalism

The Creative Apprenticeship

Course content

This course has been designed to look to the future of the creative industries and enable you to develop creative skills and understand how to sell both your creative work and yourself whist building essential study skills. Opportunities exist to gain advice and guidance on starting your own business throughout the year.

Approximately 30% of the course is theory and contextual work and 70% practical. You will be expected to work independently on project work away from the college and will be required to pay for some specialist equipment and printing which could be up to £300 p.a. Support with these costs may be available from the Learner Support Fund for those in financial hardship.

Graphic Design Element:

Graphics is a visual communication between the designer and the viewer. Have you seen a billboard today, played on game software, read a magazine, looked at packaging on product design, or bought a poster? This is Graphic Design. It constantly revolves around everyone and is a very powerful tool in delivering what we should all be aware of, what you should buy, what you should watch, what you should be informed of.

This course introduces you to many aspects of Graphic Design starting with basic techniques and processes using mixed media and moving onto and looking at the various influences in art and graphics. This work includes a practical critical/contextual investigation where your work relates to the work of others. This will help you to develop and explore your own ideas and communicate them through these areas in Graphic Design, illustration, advertising, packaging, storyboards and logos.

Photography Element:

This course leads you through all aspects of photography including basic techniques and processes in traditional chemical technology and digital technology. You will learn about traditional lens-based imagery and digital imagery and will progress through different genres including portraiture, landscape and movement. You will look at ideas, concepts and influences from art and design and your observational and analytical abilities will be developed through working with colour tone, texture, shape, form and sound.

Media Element:

This course offers an exciting blend of media, design and interactive technology. You will gain an understanding of the Creative Media industries and products and develop a range of skills and techniques in digital film making and post production.

The Design & Visual Arts is a large well equipped department with highly trained staff, a customised print shop, digital and traditional darkrooms, Mac and PC suites, large well resourced studios, print making facilities and a variety of other resources. Equipment is available to hire, students can borrow cameras, graphics tablets, laptops and iPads from the stores. From September 2015 students choosing to study at our Hillsborough campus will do so in our new multimillion pound creative centre.

See what our students have been up to at www.designandvisualarts.co.uk

Will this course suit me?

An ideal student for this course is someone who is motivated, has a desire to learn and wants to express their ideas visually. Creative subjects can be an extremely enjoyable and rewarding but expect to work hard if you intend to succeed.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English Language and Maths at A* - C plus a creative portfolio and interview

Qualification Title

ABC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media.

Quick Info

Qualification:ABC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media
Duration: 1 year full time
Date:September 2015
Assessment:Practical Assessment and Coursework
Level:3
Area:Arts, Performance & Media
Campus:Hillsborough College
Course code:AHFXOU3

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