Creative Arts with Graphic Media Communication Foundation Degree

This course is running in September 2022 subject to validation by The Open University UCAS Code: T4QZ

2 Years
2 days per week
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: UCAS Tariff: 48-56; A Levels: CD; BTEC Level 3 in a relevant subject: MMP; Access to HE Diploma: Pass

Course Info

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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Your course will be delivered in a variety of ways including: practical workshops, taught sessions, group discussions, self-directed projects and independent study supported by an online learning environment that houses the key documents and teaching materials for the course.

Your teaching will include tutor- and student-led sessions, with discussions, activities, group-work, seminars, and one-to-one tutorial opportunities. You will be in an enriching and immersive learning environment, which will enhance your development as a critical thinker.

One of the key strengths of our teaching at the University Centre is the amount of time we dedicate to supporting you as an individual student to help you get the best out of your programme. One-to-one tutorials with your tutor are important as they allow you to raise any particular issues you may be facing. Your tutor will be as supportive as possible in helping you work through these issues.

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. 

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