BA (Hons) Graphic Design (with Foundation Year)
Year of entry
4 YRS (FT)
Experienced teaching team
from professional creative industries
to enter competitions and build a professional portfolio
Exhibit your work
in an end-of-year degree show
Why choose? this course?
The Graphic Design degree will help you develop both your graphical style and flair for creative image-making. The course covers the practical, professional, and artistic sides of working as a graphic designer with an individual artistic voice, equipping you for a successful career in the creative industries.
- Learn how to create compelling images, work to professional standards, and understand how your work fits into the industry.
- Be introduced to a broad range of creative skills, from the generation of ideas to their technical production through printmaking, traditional and digital media, with an emphasis on design and the development of a unique personal style.
- Be introduced to professional creative processes and encouraged to expand your abilities through workshops and practical projects.
- Learn how to interpret a brief, identify, and solve problems, develop creative individuality, and produce a professional portfolio.
- Gain personal, professional, and entrepreneurial skills including working as a freelance designer: from marketing and self-promotion to contracts, invoices and working with clients.
- Be encouraged to work on live briefs and competitions.
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Key course features
- You will be part of a vibrant and creative community of commercial artists including illustrators, animators, and comic artists.
- You will be taught by a teaching team with a broad range of experience working professionally in the design and creative industries.
- We encourage you to take on commissions and learn how to produce high-quality production prototypes to pitch to clients.
- Be part of an end of year degree show exhibition - view the 2022 Degree Show e-magazine, Unjammed.
What you will study
YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)
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.
- Visual Investigation
- Materials and Methods
- Creative Processes
- Progression Project
- The Skills You Need
- Contextual Studies
YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4) - Core skills
Level 4 introduces you to the fundamental principles of graphic design that will help you develop your style. This includes developing an understanding of the tools and creative techniques you will be using, the historical contexts and theories of graphics, print, production techniques and an understanding of the graphic design industry.
- History & Context
- Visual Communication
- Digital Communication
- Social Design
- Story Telling: Theory and Practice
- Interactive Design
YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5) - Advanced skills
Level 5 enables you to develop your individual approach to the role of graphic design in society, the conceptual aspects of design, the practicalities of preparing work for production as well as exploring the fundamentals of running a business as a freelancer.
- Motion Design
- Print and Production
- Critical thinking
- Creative Futures: Making a Living
- Design Project: Graphic Design
YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6) - Specialism
Level 6 is focused on your specialism. You will work with staff to pitch the projects that demonstrate your graphic style, your skills and abilities, your ambition, and your understanding of the graphic design industry.
- Specialist Project: Graphic Design
- Creative Futures: Professional Practice
- Live Brief
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Entry requirements & applying
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.
The programme welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the potential to complete their chosen programme successfully. This can be established by showing appropriate academic achievements or by demonstrating that they possess the knowledge and ability equivalent to the academic qualifications.
Candidates may be interviewed and asked to display a portfolio of their work. Experience may also be taken into consideration depending on the extent and depth of such subject knowledge. Students from overseas, or who are unable to attend an interview, are asked to send their portfolio of work digitally for consideration.
An admissions tutor considers each application individually. Different qualifications are considered, including Scottish Higher, Irish Leaving Certificate, the Welsh Baccalaureate, the International Baccalaureate, Access courses, BTEC, VCE, GNVQ, A and AS levels as well as other overseas qualifications.
Progression from HND / FDA
Applicants with relevant HND qualifications, or a foundation degree in a relevant Art and Design subject area may progress onto Level 6 of a BA subject to Glyndŵr University’s RP(E)L procedures.
Teaching & Assessment
There are no set exams. Assessment is continuous and relates to all aspects of the programme, providing more carefully defined emphasis on formative assessment and feedback on your coursework throughout the academic year. We will advise you on your level of attainment and direct you towards a strategy for further progression as assignments and modules are completed.
There are varied formats of assessment to encourage your learning through group seminars, critiques, and tutorials. This can be through group interaction with critical analysis where you will submit a range of work including sketchbooks, design sheets, finished artwork, screen-based work, technical/ production files, journals, essays, and audio-visual presentations. There are reviews of work at key points before Christmas and before Easter and this provides time for you to reflect on your progress prior to a final or summative year end assessment.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our has more information on the help available.
In terms of particular needs, the University’s FAQs can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.
Emphasis is placed on your personal and professional development, communication, and entrepreneurial skills, so that you are well equipped to enter a diverse and rapidly changing industry. Students studying graphic design at the School of Creative Arts have gone on to work in a variety of jobs including:
- Freelance graphic designers
- Creative directors
- Junior roles within design studios
This degree also allows you to gain a range of transferable skills that can lead to a variety of employment opportunities. Further study opportunities are also available at MA or PGCE level.
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.
Fees & funding
You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2023/24 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.
The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs.
View the full programme specification here
If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.