Foundation Degree in Graphic Communication

Start (w/c): 16/09/2019 Full Time - To be arranged (09:00 to 16:00) Aberdare

Course Information

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.

What Will I Learn?

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.

Entry Requirements

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.


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.


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Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study. Fees for Part time courses starting September 2019 have yet to be decided. We estimate that they will be confirmed by April 2019.

Additional Fee Notes

No applications from overseas non-EU students

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Career 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.

Potential Careers

Career Info

  • Graphic designer

    Average salary: £24,200


Graphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.

Entry Requirements

Entrants have usually completed a foundation course, a BTEC/SQA award, a degree and/or postgraduate qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Design (in various disciplines) are available at Levels 2 and 3. Portfolio work is also important for entry.


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