Graphic Design (Foundation Degree)

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Create exciting and imaginative design solutions in a contemporary, commercial studio environment.

  • 100% overall satisfaction – National Student Survey 2015
  • Taught by practising creative professionals, with strong commercial links to the design industry
  • Well-equipped, individual work stations available for all students

Why study Graphic Design (Foundation Degree)?

Our Graphic Design Foundation Degree offers insight into day-to-day life in the design industry. You’ll become an expert in industry-standard software and learn to generate work from concept to implementation, with effective client liaison and project management.

Live briefs form an integral part of the course, reflecting current industry trends and developments. You’ll have opportunities to work with visiting practitioners, engage with clients, and work collaboratively with your peers.

Course structure

This Foundation Degree in Graphic Design is primarily skills-based, with strong commercial links to the creative industries and local employers. You’ll generate work from concept stage through to implementation, making use of appropriate reproduction processes. Practical skills you’ll learn include desktop publishing, digital illustration, and photo manipulation.

You’ll explore context, examining new technologies and ethical and social issues surrounding contemporary design practice. Through live projects, you’ll take responsibility for your own client liaison and project management, with mentoring from staff. Working within a commercial design studio exposes you to the professional working environment from day one, ensuring you develop skills needed for industry including communication, time management, marketing and business awareness.


  • Year 1
    The first year of this course introduces you to a range of technical skills, builds your awareness of practices in commercial studios and equips you with a sound understanding of the history and context of design. You’ll engage with live projects from the industry and work with visiting practitioners and clients to enhance your employability skills.
  • Year 2
    The second year of the course encourages you to build your professional self-promotional portfolio, and liaise with designers/agencies to gain individual work placements. You’ll also implement your creative skills in a self-directed project, showcasing your work in a final exhibition.

Course assessment

This course is assessed through essays, presentations, sketchbooks, displays, portfolios, journals, and work-based learning. There is no formal examination.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have worked with clients such as Dyson, the International Society of Typographic Designers, and Bristol Paintworks.


We encourage you to enter national and international competitions, producing work to rigorous brief specifications and meeting stringent deadlines.

Teaching methods

This course is taught through lectures, seminars, practical work, live projects and work placements. We also make extensive use of visiting practitioners to deliver guest lectures and workshops.

Course enquiries

Please contact Weston College -

Entry requirements

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of MMP/CDD or equivalent, preferably in a related area such as the BTEC Extended Diploma in Graphic Design or another art or design-based subject. Applications from those studying only two A-levels or alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. You’ll be required to submit a creative portfolio of work as part of the selection process.

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.