Graphic Design (Foundation Degree)

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A skills-based course with strong commercial links to the creative industries, focusing on professional and practical skills development and design studio work.

This two-year full-time course is taught at our FE partner college, Weston College. It aims to equip you with a relevant, thorough and up-to-date knowledge of the design industry.

Why study Graphic Design (Foundation Degree)?

The content is primarily skills based with strong commercial links to the creative industries and local employers, as well as focusing on the contextual aspects of design.

The 'Design Studio' will be the central hub and ethos of the course, providing an introduction to the working studio culture and providing you with an insight into the day-today running of a commercial studio. You'll work on live projects, working to briefs set in collaboration with various industries, so that you gain a real understanding of commercial design.

Course structure

You will work on projects from concept stage through to implementation, developing skills both for print and digital disciplines. You'll become expert in the use of industry-standard software, working in state-of-the-art Graphic Design Studios and Digital Media Suites at Weston College's University Campus. Work-based learning is central to the course, allowing you to develop a portfolio of work and skills for your future career development. You will be allocated a mentor to support your work-based learning.


On successful completion of the Foundation Degree you may apply to progress to the third year of the BA (Hons) Graphic Communication degree at Bath Spa University's Sion Hill campus. In the event of insufficient places being available to accommodate all Foundation Degree students who wish to progress, there will be a selection process based on achievement during the Foundation Degree, supplemented by audition and interview as appropriate, and will be subject to satisfactory academic references. 


Course assessment

You will be assessed through a variety of methods.

This work-related degree level course will equip you with the practical skills, technical knowledge and contextual understanding you need to create exciting and imaginative design solutions. 

Teaching methods

In each of the two years of the course you will study six modules, ranging from practical design skills in print and screen, to design in context, and business and enterprise skills. Throughout the course the emphasis will be on developing the skills necessary to work in the design and media industry. You'll be taught be enthusiastic lecturers who have extensive experience in the design industry.

Course enquiries

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Entry requirements

Two subjects at A-Level with one in Art or a design-related subject.

OR BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design or other design-based subject.

OR Art Foundation course.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this course will be prepared to work in the graphic design and digital media industries. Possible career areas include: Graphic designer; art director; web designer; interactive designer; studio assistant; production designer.