Foundation Degree Graphic Media & Communication

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 7800.00 per year
  • Centre Location
  • Course Description

    This is an ideal course for you if you have an interest in one of the wide ranging disciplines spanned by the graphic arts including illustration, photography, animation, moving image, graphic design, interactive, web design, packaging or advertising.  

    The aim of the Foundation Degree is to help you develop the creative skills needed to achieve success in your future career. With this in mind, the course explores how ideas are communicated through language, images and messages. It equips you with the understanding and skills to operate effectively within the fast-moving and stimulating design sector. 

    Find an example of the course handbook here.

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  • Teaching and Assessment

    Teaching takes place within the newly refurbished Arts House building utilising a range of purpose-built media and design studios. Each student is provided with a dedicated studio space.

    Assessment is based on 100% course work and we undertake continuous modular assessment. Studio-based assignments are augmented by lectures, seminars and workshops throughout the year.

  • Progression Opportunities

    After successfully competing the Foundation Degree you can progress on to the BA (Hons) Graphic Media and Communication top-up year at the College.

  • Career Progression

    This course is a good basis from which to pursue postgraduate study or a career as a Designer, Illustrator or Web Designer in advertising, marketing and creative agencies.


    Graphic design is one of the fastest growing occupations in Somerset with jobs expected to increase by 9% over the next 5 years

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants require 64 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 Level)or equivalent Edexcel qualification (Extended Diploma - MPP/Diploma - MM), or Pre-degree Access Diploma. Students also require 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C (new grading system 9-4) including English and Maths or equivalent Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.


    You will be asked to send a digital portfolio prior to interview. The portfolio must demonstrate your creative skills, subject knowledge and enthusiasm for study. We are looking for a maximum of 12 images that demonstrate a variety of skills research, design development, progressing through to final outcomes. These must include examples of drawing, sketchbooks, idea development, digital skills and finished pieces.

    The nature of study at this level requires GCSE grade A*-C (new grade system 9-4) in English and Maths or equivalent qualification. Under exceptional circumstances, a conditional offer may be made to a prospective learner to include an expectation of working towards GCSE Maths grade C or Level 2 Numeracy alongside completing the degree programme. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their commitment to the subject through previous experience.

    Applicants with English as their second language must have minimum IELTS Level 6 or equivalent.

    Awarding Body: The Open University

  • Costs