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Graphic Design


Foundation degree

Key facts

Graphic Design
Bath School of Art and 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.

  • This foundation degree in is primarily skills-based, with a strong commercial focus.
  • Taught by practising creative professionals with strong links to the design industry.
  • Well-equipped, individual work stations are available for all students.

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.

What you'll learn


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.

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?

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

How will I be taught?

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 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 internship

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.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught at University Campus, Weston College, where you’ll be allocated your own dedicated workstation in our specialist studios, which is equipped to a high standard and yours to use throughout the year. You’ll also benefit from access to exhibition space, darkrooms and digital facilities.


UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £7,950
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

International students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,900
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

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.

How do I apply?

Apply for Graphic Design Foundation Degree through UCAS. 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. The portfolio could include drawings, paintings, sketchbooks, design development, or written notes. Remember you are not submitting everything you have done, but a selection of what you consider to be your strongest work.

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