FdA Graphic Design – Bath Spa University

Key facts

Graphic Design
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
Two years full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: W210
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our foundation programmes. See ‘Interested in applying’ for more information.

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

  • Study a skills-based curriculum with a strong commercial focus.
  • Learn from practising creative professionals with strong links to the design industry.
  • Benefit from well-equipped workstations, which are yours to use throughout the year.

Our Graphic Design foundation degree has an established record of success. It provides the technical skills and professional know-how - alongside real insights about the design industry - that you'll need to create imaginative design solutions.

It has been devised to set you up for employment in design roles and in related creative positions, and also to equip you with the advanced academic skills required for further study.

“I don’t think I would’ve had as good an experience anywhere else and I... thank my tutors every day for how much they changed my life.”

Graphic Design graduate Emma was selected by Business Insider as one of the 30 most creative women in advertising in 2017

What you'll learn


Foundation degrees are Level 5 qualifications, equivalent to the first two years of a full Honours degree.

The curriculum is all about the synthesis between work-based learning and theory in practice, so you’ll be encouraged to produce thought-provoking work that reflects contemporary design trends and responds to issues surrounding social need.

The course offers insight into day-to-day life in the design industry through its commercial studio ethos. You’ll liaise with clients, work independently and collaboratively on ‘live’ briefs, and generate design work from concept to completion.

This course aims to foster a culture of lively and stimulating conversation and debate to inspire analytical and innovative thinking. By enrolling on this course, you’ll also be joining the UCW community of artists, designers, photographers, animators and filmmakers.

Course structure

Year one
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 two
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.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via a combination of practical exams and coursework, with an assessment breakdown of 5% practical exams and 95% coursework. There are no written exams on this course.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught through lectures, seminars, practical work and live projects. UCW’s Higher Education Library Plus (HE.LP) team also delivers a series of sessions on degree-level research and academic writing to all first-year students.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the course handbook or definitive programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Practical Design Skills
  • Design Studio
  • Graphic Design in Context

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Professional and Practical Skills
  • Design Studio 2
  • Graphic Design in Context 2


Work placements, industry links and internships

The course is delivered by design professionals who continue to practise, plus expert visiting practitioners, ensuring its taught elements continue to be up-to-date. You’ll also benefit from their strong links with prestigious companies and involvement in the region’s thriving design sector.


Graduates of the course have gone on to secure fantastic design roles with companies including Aardman Animations, Dyson, Amazon, Snap Inc. and Twitter.

In the past, the majority of graduates from this programme have progressed to Graphic Design Top-Up course. Graduates can also seek design roles across a range of organisations.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll be based at UCW’s Loxton Campus in Weston-super-Mare, which has been purpose-built for creative arts students. You're also taught in the brand new Education Centre in the Winter Gardens building on Weston seafront.


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £8,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

A minimum of CDD at A Level, or a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP, or equivalent, preferably in a related area.

T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred in a relevant subject.


Applications from those studying two A Levels or alternative Level 3 qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants will also have to submit a creative portfolio of work and attend an interview.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Your application must include details of the qualifications you are taking, your personal statement and your reference, complete with your predicted grades.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Your portfolio should consist of a selection of creative work alongside an example of your written work, which should be a contextual analysis of approximately 1,000 words. Your creative work should demonstrate how your skills and ideas have developed over time, and your creativity and personality should be evident.

Your portfolio could include drawings, paintings, sketchbooks, design development, or written notes. Remember, you're not submitting everything you've done, but a selection of what you consider to be your strongest work.

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