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Foundation Degree Graphic Design
Qualification:
 
Starts:
19/09/2016 
Ends:
26/05/2017 
Weeks:
33 
Days:
Mon,Thr,Fri 
Study Mode
Full Time 
Assessment:
Workbased Assessment and Coursework 
Level:
Area:
Design & Visual Arts 
UCAS Code:
W210 
Course Code:
HFHGP1A 
 
Entry Requirements
Typical entry requirements would include successful completion of a design/art related subject with a minimum of 120 tariff points (for 2016/17 entry; for 2017/18 entry: 48 tariff points) from the following: 
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • AVCE Double Award
  • GCE A Level
  • 18+ Art & Design Foundation and viewing of a portfolio of work
Please note GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above will be required for students wishing to progress to a top-up year at Sheffield Hallam University. Mature students and students with access qualifications are also encouraged to contact us. International applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.0 or above.
 
 

Graphic Design Foundation Degree

Validated by Sheffield Hallam University, this highly professional course has an enviable track record for graduate employment. This modular, two year, full-time course is aimed at students interested in graphic communication design.


About the Course

The course equips students with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment in the Graphic Design sector - or the opportunity for progression to further ‘top-up’ study on the BA (Hons) Creative Practice (top up) Graphic Design course here at Sheffield College or the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course at Sheffield Hallam University or courses at other institutions. The qualification has a strong vocational and industrial focus designed to meet the needs of the design industry. Students graduate with a high-level of creative and professional skills, knowledge and expertise derived from a curriculum that places emphasis on work-based learning experiences and practice.


Key Units

Year One Modules (all core modules) - 

  • Introduction to Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Contextual Studies 1
  • Corporate Identity
  • Advertising and Promotion
  • Work-based Learning 1: Applied Design Project

Year Two Modules (all core modules) -
  • Graphics and Branding
  • Design in the Digital Environment
  • Professional Design Practice
  • Preparation for Industry
  • Competition Projects
  • Contextual Studies 2
  • Work-based Learning 2: Client-based Project



Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements would include successful completion of a design/art related subject with a minimum of 120 tariff points (for 2016/17 entry; for 2017/18 entry: 48 tariff points) from the following: 

  • BTEC National Diploma
  • AVCE Double Award
  • GCE A Level
  • 18+ Art & Design Foundation and viewing of a portfolio of work
Please note GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above will be required for students wishing to progress to a top-up year at Sheffield Hallam University. Mature students and students with access qualifications are also encouraged to contact us. International applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.0 or above.


Assessment

The Approach to Assessment and Feedback within the Programme:
Methods of assessment and feedback, including moderation/internal and external verification and the requirements for progression through the programme, are explained during induction. They will be reinforced at all module briefings and at relevant times during tutorials. The course incorporates Formative, Summative and Diagnostic assessments that are regarded as positive learning tools. Peer assessment also plays a vital role in your development and educational ‘growth’. These assessment strategies will support your understanding of your learning processes and are designed to engage you as an active participant in the development of all aspects of your learning. These strategies also help to promote autonomous learning and self-evaluation as vital elements within the overall learning process.

Feedback:
The course structure and design will ensure that you will receive feedback on your aptitude, performance and progress throughout your studies. Feedback from assessment will provide you with clear guidance for your future development. Feedback methods will include:

Formative
Progress meetings will be held at intermediate points within all modules and projects. Feedback will be provided by academic staff, industrial practitioners and peers (as appropriate). In the main this will be verbal though on occasions a summary of advice will be provided in written format. Intermediate Critiques will also provide opportunity for formative feedback.

Summative:
Via a critique of your work at the end of each project which will involve at least two members of staff and your peer-group. As appropriate you will have the opportunity to contextualise your work verbally and engage in critical discourse with staff and fellow students.

Formal written feedback is provided via Module feedback sheets that provide both a summary of performance, opportunities for future development and final assessment grading. In critical theory work (Contextual Studies), written feedback is given with returned essays. For projects and live project work set in collaboration with Design studios, client feedback will only be used to inform you of your performance and will not, in any way, form part of your assessment mark.

Weekly Tutorials are for review, advice and guidance on an individual basis across all areas of the course. They provide the opportunity for personal reflection and evaluation of performance along with target setting for future development. Normally this will result in a written summary.


Where does this Lead

Students who have successfully completed the foundation degree will have the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) Creative Practice (top up) Graphic Design course here at Sheffield College and will also receive an offer to progress to Sheffield Hallam University on their full-time honours degree progression route provided that they submit an application via UCAS by the deadline. Applicants who are studying for SHU-validated foundation degrees and who wish to progress to part-time study on their designated honours degree progression route will apply directly to the University. The offer made by the University will be subject to:

  • Successful completion of the foundation degree programme
  • Submission of a satisfactory personal statement and reference
  • Meeting the University’s literacy and numeracy requirements
  • Satisfying any additional specific course requirements for entry to the designated progression route (e.g. successful completion of associated bridging studies, portfolio, or any non-academic conditions) including successful portfolio interview
Offers are made subject to the availability of courses and the University Terms and Conditions (http://students.shu.ac./rights/17.html).

Graduates will also have the opportunity to gain employment and enter professions in the graphic design sector of industry and in a variety of design related areas. Careers in Graphic Design include such diverse fields as publishing and editorial design, advertising and art direction, corporate design and branding, typographic design, interactive design, screen-based and digital graphic design, packaging and exhibition design, illustration and image-making. The foundation degree can also be a starting point for careers in education, marketing and management.


Tell Me More

Attendance:
The course is full-time, over two years. Students can expect to spend at least two and half days per week in lectures and seminars and are expected to spend a minimum of around 4 hours per week self-study. Students can expect ongoing feedback throughout each module of study.  

Although not a requirement of the course students are advised to complete at least one work placement (usually of one to two weeks duration); some students commit to more than one placement. Students studying in the second year are regularly accommodated by Sheffield based design companies. Students also gain placement opportunities in the South Yorkshire region as well as Manchester and London. Full time over 2 years.


Please click the following link for information regarding fees: http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/courses/uni-level-fees 

If you have any further queries please email the Higher Education Unit via heunit@sheffcol.ac.uk leaving your name, contact details and the title of the course you are interested in together with a brief summary of your query or alternatively call the College on 0114 260 2600.


Extra Costs

Additional costs / Field Trips:
These may involve trips and visits to design consultancies, printers, manufacturers and other industrial facilities, museums, galleries and exhibitions. These visits contribute to the development of a contextual and industrial understanding of graphic design and work-based learning. Sometimes these field studies will have a direct link with studio based project work or theoretical and contextual studies. 


Although many trips will be local, national or regional, trips may involve a visit to an international cultural centre (such as Paris, New York, Amsterdam, Barcelona etc.) where students will typically visit design consultancies, industrial facilities, museums and exhibitions. Since graphic and other forms of design are seen as more global and converging, these trips are seen as a vital part of the programme in terms of awareness and encouraging an international perspective. Field trips are, therefore, desirable but not compulsory and will not be assessed. 

Students who do not undertake a particular field trip will be provided with (and supported in) alternative learning opportunities. The typical cost of a 3 night/4days field trip to New York (or similar location) is approximately £600 plus spending/subsistence (approximately 300-500$). Students pay a non-refundable deposit of approximately £100 to the Finance Office at Hillsborough Campus and the balance is paid within 6-8 weeks of payment of the deposit and 6 weeks before the trip.