Students learn the invisible language of form, composition, balance, structure, rhythm and hierarchy coupled with the very visible language of communication.
The 1 year Top Up course is designed to refine skills already developed either through the two year Foundation Degree, through experience studying at another institution or prior industry knowledge. Modules are developed with an emphasis on theory and practice, alongside employability skills. Students who study this programme graduate with the following skills:
In addition to our End of the Year Degree Show, students fundraise to showcase their work to industry at events such as D&AD.
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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.
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.
Given to the broad range of disciplines that are covered, this course is an ideal foundation for progression into a successful career as a Graphic Designer, Illustrator or Web Designer in advertising, marketing and creative agencies or into postgraduate study. Progression into employment within the creative industries over the last two academic years has been 100%.
Applicants must have a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent Level 5 qualification in an appropriate discipline. Students also require GCSE at grade A*-C (new grading system 9-4) in English and Maths or equivalent Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.
Applicants with English as their second language must have minimum IELTS Level 6 or equivalent.
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
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.