Graphic Design - Foundation Degree

This FdA course provides an opportunity to develop the technical, professional and creative skills required to be a successful practitioner in the graphic design industry. We are looking for creative and motivated applicants driven to pursue careers in graphic design and visual communication. You should have a good understanding of visual communication, be open minded and willing to tackle design challenges. You will be provided with training in the essential skills of visual communication and will have the opportunity to explore a range of forms of visual communication. You will develop skills in illustration, print, typography, web design and computer aided graphic design required for a range of careers in graphic design and related fields. The course is assessed largely through practical work produced in response to time specific and industry-related briefs. Employer and client engagement is a key feature of the course. You will develop portfolios in response to client and agency briefs. At the end of the course you will set up your own professional exhibition. Practical work is supported with study of art and design history and contemporary professional practice.

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Year 1/Level 4: • Core Skills • Typography • Visual Communication • Design Crimes • Professional Development Project • Contextual Studies 1 Year 2/Level 5: • Advanced Skills • Visual Communication Reloaded • Professional Practice • Contextual Studies 2 • Final Major Project


There will be a focus on portfolio development and live project briefs, that mirror industry based scenarios and group work. 62% of the course is assessed through the submission of coursework. The reminder is a combination of practical, presentations and essays.

Entry Requirements

Please note that the UCAS tariff is changing for applicants entering HE from 2017 onwards. From 2017 we will require applicants to achieve 80 UCAS points. For more information about the new tariff visit Equivalent professional or academic qualifications (such as NVQ 3) will also be considered please contact Admissions for further information. Applications from those holding non-tariff point qualifications in relevant subject areas (such as work based NVQ 3s) are welcome. Grade C/4 or above at GCSE (or Level 2 equivalent) in both Mathematics and English are required. If English is not your first language you should have IELTS Band 6 or equivalent with no element below 5.5. Other equivalent Secure English Languages Tests (SELT) are welcome. Mature applicants – Appropriately experienced applicants will be considered in line with the University’s Accredited Prior Learning process. All students will be interviewed and will be required to bring your portfolio of work. UCAS Codes Institution code: S03 (University of Salford) Course code: W210 To apply online click here.

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Pendleton Sixth Form College


University of Salford


Full Time