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Year of Entry 2021/22
BA (Honours)

Graphic Design with Foundation Year

Full-time Art and design

Develop your own creative and innovative approach to graphic design by challenging and exploring contemporary practices through a series of exciting and diverse projects.


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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A008
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Experiment with traditional and future-facing techniques and materials.
  • Develop the confidence and skills required to utilise new technologies in the pursuit of innovative and creative solutions.
  • Work with practising designers who bring their experience and networks to the course.
  • Develop your understanding of user experience as a key part of design practice.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) courses, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation year – which has been designed to encourage exploration and experimentation.

We prepare you for the continually expanding field of graphic design, through projects which respond to social, technological, economic and political challenges. We equip you with the knowledge and confidence required to create solutions that make positive change in the world.

How you learn

You’ll learn the emergent principles of graphic design and digital storytelling, using creative research methods to develop and test your ideas. The distinctive portfolio of work that you create from these experiences will demonstrate your unique strengths and interests to prospective employers when you graduate. In the first ‘induction’ module you’ll learn to work confidently and creatively with a wide range of different materials. In the second ‘project’ module you’ll be taught by tutors from the BA (Hons) course supported by foundation tutors.

You’ll learn through

  • problem-based and practical activity-based sessions
  • applied industry (live) projects
  • group work and collaboration
  • workshops
  • working with industry visitors
  • lectures
  • self-directed study
  • group and individual tutorials
  • exhibitions and presentations
  • study trips
  • independent study
  • demonstrations
  • Blackboard online learning portal
  • presentations and feedback sessions

Take a look at the department's Instagram to see what innovations and creations our students have been working on.

Course leaders and tutors

Joanne Lee
Joanne Lee
Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design

I am a photographer, writer, researcher and publisher with a curiosity about everyday things and the ordinary places in which I live and work.

Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a single or multiple work placement/s in between your second and third years of the full course, to prepare you for your future career. You may also be able to work or study abroad – with the possibility of funding (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme following the Brexit transition period).

Live projects

You’ll engage in authentic work experiences with external partners and using live briefs. Our students have worked with the NHS, social change charity Good Things Foundation, the BBC, and design studios and agencies such as Why Not Associates and Graphic Thought Facility.

Field trips

There’ll be opportunities to go on study trips in the UK and abroad – with free travel and accommodation for all mandatory field trips. These could include workshops, design conferences or visits to practitioners’ studios, museums and special collections. You may further enhance your studies with optional field trips, though these will incur additional costs. Recently the course has visited Dublin, Reykjavik, New York and Tokyo.

Networking opportunities

You’ll have regular opportunities to meet guest lecturers, graduates and industry practitioners within the university, as well as on field trips to practitioners’ studios and conferences.

Competitions

You’re supported to develop and showcase your professional creative work by entering national and international competitions. Our students are winners of competitions such as the RSA Student Design Awards. 


Future careers

This course prepares you for future study and careers in

  • graphic design
  • user experience design
  • designing for environments and three-dimensional spaces
  • editorial and digital publishing
  • motion graphics and animation
  • illustration and printmaking
  • branding and identity
  • advertising
  • design strategy and policymaking

Previous graduates of this course now work for studios and agencies such as Jaywing, GBH and Why Not Associates. They design services and resources at major companies like BT, Coop and G4S, conduct research at the Department for Education and work as teachers, freelance photographers and entrepreneurs.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

You'll have access to a wide variety of facilities across the university campuses – including a 24-hour learning centre, Students’ Union, cafes and eateries, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces and more. You'll be based in a fully equipped and purpose-designed studio, with state-of-the-art facilities including

  • industry-standard computer hardware and software
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • digital fabrication and rapid prototyping
  • a Creative Media Centre supporting photography, film and sound
  • digital and analogue print facilities including screenprinting, etching, letterpress and risograph

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 80

This must include at least 32 points from at least one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a relevant subject, such as Art, Design and Technology, Textiles, Graphics or Media). For example:

  • CDD at A Level with a grade C in a relevant subject.
  • MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
  • A combination of qualifications which must include an A level grade C or BTEC grade M in a relevant subject and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying Art and Design.

We treat the foundation year as part of the Art and Design degree programme. Offers made to students will be for four years of study (or five years of study including a placement). This is made up of the foundation year plus one of our Art and Design degrees.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider either the International Foundation Programme: Art, Design and Media or Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Portfolio review

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a portfolio review, this is where you can showcase your relevant work and highlight any pieces you are particularly proud of. The portfolio review can be shared with us face to face, or you can submit an electronic portfolio via email. Find out about what happens at a portfolio review and how you can prepare to produce a strong portfolio.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foundation Induction Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundation Projects Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Design Practice: Graphic Design Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Design Principles: Visual Communication Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Graphic Design In Context Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Translation & Transmission Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Graduation Projects Graphic Design Credits: 120 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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