Canterbury Christ Church University - Graphic Design with Foundation Year

Canterbury Christ Church University

Graphic Design with Foundation Year

A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject or you need a grounding in a new subject area.

Throughout the course, you’ll develop your skills in real-world situations, through live briefs and national competition briefs.

To build on your design work, you’ll learn business and entrepreneurial aspects of the industry from professional graphic designers.

You’ll be able to take on freelance commissions during the course and have the chance to work with local design agencies, alumni, and our staff.

You can also study abroad, gaining international experience of design.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of arts and humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System)

Career Prospects

Good designers are always in demand and having the knowledge, creativity and determination will help you find the right job, take on freelance work and even give you the confidence to set up your own business.

We'll support you in building your creative confidence, technical skills and critical understanding so that you can step outside of your comfort zone and push your designs to the limit. To do this, you'll hone your software proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, AfterEffects, XD and Acrobat, learn the basics of coding for web and make data visualisations using Tableau to communicate global stories. 

Course Details

You'll be taught through a combination of practical workshops, lectures, tutorials and critique sessions.

Each module will require you to respond to at least one 'brief' (as in industry). The brief will specify your deign challenge, itemise resources and assets, note any constraints and advise a schedule of activities.

During practical workshops you'll gain the skills and technical knowledge needed to respond to the briefs. Lectures will give you a firm grounding in the theoretical aspects of graphic design and will help you to develop your critical understanding of your own practice. Tutorials enable you to discuss your individual design work with your tutors and the critique sessions are to help you show and explain your working processes and to deliver and receive feedback with your peers and tutors. This combined approach encourages expression of your ideas, observations and experiences within a supportive academic environment.

You'll also meet with your academic personal tutor to get personal support throughout the course.

You'll typically have around 12 contact hours per week, but your actual contact hours depend on any optional modules you select.

Year 1

Design Principles
Design Fundamentals 1
Design Fundamentals 2
Moving Image
History of Design

Year 2

Design Project: Materials and Processes
Design Project: Interpretation and Translation
Design Theory: User-centered Design
Design Project: Intervention and Provocation
Graphic Design Agency
Design Project: Play and Interaction
Global Experience in Media, Art and Design

Year 3

Design Practice: Employability and Exhibition
Design project: Simplicity and Complexity
Graphic Design: Final Major Project
Graphic Design: Dissertation

Life and Study
Understanding Arts and Humanities
Being Human
Foundation Introduction to Media, Art and Design
Foundation Media and Visual Communications
Ways of Seeing Aesthetics
Analysing British Cinema

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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