Validated by Sheffield Hallam University, this highly professional course has an enviable track record for graduate employment in graphic communication design. Over the course of two years this qualification will cover elements such as corporate identity for design, branding and advertising and promotion whilst preparing you for a top-up course at university or employment within the sector.
The FdA Graphic Design 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.
Year One (all core modules):
Typical entry requirements would include successful completion of a design/art related subject with a minimum of 48 tariff points from the following:
The Approach to Assessment
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.