Creative Arts with Graphic Media Communication Foundation Degree

Foundation Degree
Study Area: Higher Education
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time

Course Overview


This two-year degree course is for people who are passionate about Graphic Design, Media and Communication and looking to pursue a career in the creative industries. Successful students will develop a practical understanding of contemporary and emerging practice in graphic communication through storytelling, interaction, engagement and graphic design.

In year one, an introduction to the invisible language of graphic form, composition, balance, structure, rhythm, and hierarchy provides a foundation to develop skills in interactive design and the art of engaging users through visual output. Understanding brand and identity, narrative, and utilising design as a device for change and activism culminates in a Year 2 individual project to showcase your applied graphic media communication skills.   

The final year provides an opportunity to establish your skills and evolve your practice as you build a portfolio of creative work through a final major project. Students will be working with both traditional and digital techniques. Utilising Adobe Create Suite for design, illustration and moving image, you will develop output for online and print. 

This foundation degree is designed to give you the skills you need to either work in industry or to progress to the BA (Hons) Creative Arts with Graphic Media Communication top-up.

Year 1: FD Y1 

Introduction to Graphic Media Communication  

Design Futures in Context   

Interaction and Engagement  

Working in the Creative Industries 


Year 2: FD Y2 

Identity and strategy  

Narrative and storytelling for change  

Independent Project  

Working in the Creative Industries 


Year 3: BA (Hons) Top up 

Concepts, Research and Development  

Creative Exploration  

Professional Practice (Production or Teaching) 

Final Major Project (Production or Teaching) 

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Start Date

September 2024

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

Applicants are expected to have the equivalent of between 48 – 56 UCAS Tariff points, including the following: 

A Levels (one of which to be in a relevant discipline) – CD   

BTEC Level 3 (relevant subject) – MMP 

Access to HE – Pass 

All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview as part of the admissions process. A good level of English and Maths is expected, however passes in Level 2 or GCSE qualifications are not absolute requirements.  

Applications for RPL (RPEL or RPCL) will be considered where relevant experience or learning can be demonstrated, and the University Centre process has been satisfactorily completed. 

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed throughout the course by completing projects, presentations, written reviews and evaluations and reflective self-evaluations.

Before you hand-in or present a final piece of work there is usually an opportunity for a discussion with your tutor in a one-to-one tutorial. You will be encouraged to submit or present your work-in-progress to your tutor – which will not be graded – to see whether you are on the right lines. There is usually a limit to the amount of feedback that your tutor can give you – please ask them about this.

Your assessed work will go through a process of internal moderation and then will be checked by an externally appointed person called an external examiner. At each stage this means that marking and grading is checked and may be adjusted.

Course Fees

£7950 per year

Eligible to receive the £500 University Centre Bursary in Year 1. 

All higher education students must apply to Student Finance England for assistance towards fees. For help or advice with this please contact our Guidance Team on 01422 399367.

The University Centre has a HE Hardship Fund which students may access if they are facing financial difficulties.

Additional information on fees and funding 

Awarding Body

This award is subject to validation by The Open University.

Creative Arts with Graphic Media Communication Foundation Degree

Study Area: Higher Education
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time
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