Foundation Degree Graphic Media & Communication (Subject to Revalidation)

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 7800.00 per year
  • Centre Location
  • Course Description

    Graphic Media and Communication is an ever changing dynamic subject to study. This course is ideal for those who have an interest in one of the wide-ranging disciplines that Graphic Media and Communication encompasses. You can specialise in an area that interests you whilst learning in an innovative, flexible and creative environment.


    The aim of the course is to help you to develop the creative skills required to achieve success in your future career. Disciplines that are explored include: illustration, photography, animation, moving image, graphic design, web design, packaging or advertising. Concepts are explored through modules that are designed to explore communication through text and image. With an understanding of these skills required to work successfully within the fast-moving and stimulating creative sectors, students who study this programme graduate with the following skills:


    • A working knowledge of industry-standard equipment and software.
    • A professional understanding of the strength and usage of visual communication.
    • An understanding of how to evaluate a client's needs and to respond successfully to them.
    • Experience of working as part of a professional team, gained through group projects and work placements, and through entering national and international design competitions.
    • Develop one's own visual signature, enabling one to generate and express one's own personal ideas and beliefs.

    Find an example of the course handbook here.

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    Regulations for validated awards of The Open University and the Appendices can be found here.

  • Teaching and Assessment

    Teaching takes place within the newly refurbished Arts House building utilising a range of purpose-built media and design studios. 

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

  • Progression Opportunities

    Given to the broad range of disciplines that are covered, this course is an ideal foundation for progression onto the 1 year BA (Hons) Graphic Media and Communication top-up offered by University Centre Somerset.

  • 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 80 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 Level) or equivalent Edexcel qualification (Extended Diploma – MMP/Diploma - DM), 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.


    At interview you must produce a portfolio that 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 including research, design development and progression through to final outcomes. These can be demonstrated either through sketchbooks or digitally and must always include final outcomes.


    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

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