Glyndwr University

BA (Hons) Graphic Design (with Foundation Year)

Why choose this course?

A strong vocational programme with outstanding industry links nationally, our Graphic Design course will equip you with all the skills you’ll need to be a designer of the next century. Our graduates are visually literate and leave the course technically able to cope with the demands of a fast-moving industry.

You will:

  • Gain experience and develop knowledge of a broad range of graphic design and multimedia techniques.
  • Cover areas such as advertising, typography, editorial, packaging, branding, web design, installation design, mobile communications and motion graphics.
  • Have opportunities to work on ‘live briefs’ through our industry contacts enabling you to develop your problem-solving skills to fulfil a client brief.

Key course features

  • Includes a foundation year to prepare you for further study.
  • Experience a wide variety of learning opportunities throughout your study, including opportunities to work on real-life, client-based project work.
  • Opportunities to visit design exhibitions and museums, attend conferences such as Offset in Dublin and visit design companies throughout the UK.
  • Opportunity to enter your work for national and international design competitions, like the D&AD, YCN, The Roses and ISTD.

Entry Requirements

Our general requirement for the foundation year is 48-72 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications, as well as motivation and potential to succeed


6.0 (with no individual skill score below 5.5)

Career Prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

There are a wide range of opportunities in the design industry. Graphic design graduates are well prepared to pursue careers as designers, art directors, studio managers, multimedia developers, concept artists, interactive developers, web designers, mobile communication designers, technicians, typographic designers.

Course Details


The foundation year will introduce you to the key elements of art and design, including graphic design, animation, illustration, photography, and film, applied and fine art.  You will explore the creative thought process relating to various art and design disciplines, developing your ability to put ideas down on paper quickly.  There will be a range of practice assignments that will increase your recognition of strong ideas and original concepts


Your creative practice modules introduce you to your subject area of design that starts with a broad base with an emphasis on creating ideas and solving design problems using a variety of design and media production processes in a multidisciplinary environment of learning and teaching. The shared learning environment enables you to learn from working alongside each other, especially during induction and early modules such as ‘Introductory Subject Studies’. These aim to provide a firm foundation of experience on which to build. The team assignments are particularly successful in helping you make friends and open your mind to the philosophy of the Design programmes.


You will find your modules will enable you to consolidate and extend your learning with more advanced techniques and processes that challenge you to experiment with a variety of media and methods of communication. Within the practical modules you will extend your art and design practice, thinking more about art and design in the community, for society and exhibition. There is the opportunity to produce sustained work over longer periods of time, raising quality and standards.


Here you will find that the creative practice modules will enable you to work on more complex and lengthier assignments that require an extended and sustained period of study. This involves critical, analytical negotiated studies through which you can determine your own career path and have the opportunity to negotiate a year plan that places you with more freedom over what projects you undertake. In shared sessions, you will pitch your ideas to tutors and peer group and establish a learning contract that specifies your intended aims and learning outcomes. Presenting your work in this way will help you gain confidence in communicating your ideas. You will then manage your time and work to timescales in achieving a body of work that fulfils your objectives. This is closely monitored through regular critiques, seminars and tutorials.


Visual Investigation
Materials and Methods
Creative Processes
Progression Project
The Skills You Need
Contextual Studies


Contextual Studies 1
Creative Futures 1
Introductory Subject Studies
Principles and Processes
Ideas and Concepts
Media and Techniques


Contextual Studies 2
Creative Futures 2
Extended Practice
Practice in Context
Specialist Study


Contextual Studies 3
Creative Futures 3
Negotiated Study 1
Negotiated Study 2

*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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