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Please Note - These fees are for the 2018/19 Academic Year and are subject to change annually. Fees are payable for each year of study.
Days, Times and Fees for Part Time and HE courses are subject to change. HE Tuition Fees will be confirmed April 2018.
The Graphic Communication course at Coleg y Cymoedd is delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales and is taught at the Nantgarw Campus. While learners will study at Nantgarw, they may choose to live in University accommodation and also use facilities available for university students. Whilst on this course you will work closely with the University and the Students Union to receive a fully integrated experience.
With a practical and theoretical approach, this two-year course introduces you to graphic communication by giving you a diverse range of traditional and digital skills. There will be a mix of studio-based teaching, technical workshops, tutorials and self-directed study. The course will prepare you with the necessary skills to become a specialist in the field.
You will require 2 A Levels and a portfolio equal to 180 UCAS points and or relevant industrial experience. Entry to the final/top up year for the BA (Hons) will be on successful completion of the Foundation Degree. Application for the BA (Hons) should be done through the UCAS site.
Those without such qualifications are considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. All applicants will receive a portfolio-based interview.
What will I study?
You will learn to be a visual communicator, somebody who takes the mundane and creates the extraordinary. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to be creative and think differently while you will also develop the practical skills that a designer needs, and use them in real life situations through live projects. You will gain a thorough understanding of the design process including problem solving, generating ideas, presenting them to clients and managing a project. This will provide you with the experience of applying skills and knowledge and working both within a team and independently in a professional environment.
The content of the course is based on giving you the confidence in using visual language, words, images and schematics, with a wide historical and contemporary contextual understanding. By experiencing a range of traditional and digital skills from life drawing through to using the latest software and technology, you will have the opportunity to become a well rounded designer who has the technical skills to succeed.
If you have a passion to communicate and a desire to create visual messages that move and inspire an audience then this is the course for you.
How will I be assessed?
Your work is assessed entirely through the submission of coursework, with the majority (80%) through a practical portfolio of work. The remaining elements integrate practice and theory through written and other forms. You will be encouraged to discuss your work critically with staff, leading designers and other students, through individual and group critiques in a supportive studio environment.
Career Opportunities and Progression
Successful learners can progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) Graphic Communication at the University of South Wales. Alternatively Employment opportunities exist on a freelance or employee basis. Roles may include graphic designer, photographer/film maker, or web designer.