Graphic Communication FdA

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Develop your own style and engage your personal creativity. Challenge conventional ideas. Work in the areas of motion graphics, digital design and typography.

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This graphic design course focuses mainly on commercial outcomes and equips you with the skills to think, challenge conventional ideas, explore and experiment with creative ideas and to design in a way that maximises the impact of your communication.

Your design work will excite, challenge and persuade target audiences. The work will be varied and will involve designing anything from corporate graphics, logos and marks, branding and corporate identity, brochures, annual reports, promotional items, web, mobile apps, packaging, typography, layout design, advertising and many other graphic outcomes.

Why us?

  • Foundation degrees are designed to be both academically rigorous and closely related to real-world jobs

Course structure

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, demonstrations, tutorials, sketchbooks, independent study, field trips and work based learning. The majority of your work will be practical studio based design work, and will develop the kinds of techniques that are most widely used in the creative industries.

The emphasis of the programme develops from a combination of conceptual and technical basis at year one, through to more creative and independent learning and work-based practice at year two. All of the modules in design have a research element, which is both taught and assessed.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Design Theory Foundation I (20 credits)
  • Introducing Visual Communication (60 credits)
  • Essentials of Motion Graphics (20 credits)
  • Communicating Visually (20 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Design Theory Foundation II (20 credits)
  • Integrated Design (20 credits)
  • Beyond Design and Typographic Principles (20 credits)
  • Motion Graphics Techniques (40 credits)
  • Work-based Final Major Project (40 credits)

Tyne Metropolitan College,
Battle Hill Drive,
NE28 9NL



This course is based at Tyne Metropolitan College, which offers modern facilities designed to help you reach your potential.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is 56 UCAS points from a minimum of two GCSEs / A Levels or equivalent. We will also accept PPP at BTEC Extended Diploma level.

We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

In addition, we require two passes at GCSE Grade C or above, including Mathematics and English Language. We will also accept equivalent qualifications such as a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Applicants without formal qualifications may qualify for entry through relevant work-based experience. You will be expected to provide a portfolio of work and experience.

Portfolio requirements

Please prepare a portfolio of work you have completed so far. We are not looking for perfection as we appreciate you may still be developing work. We would like to see: 

  • A variety of work – we want to see a range of styles and technique
  • Work completed in or outside of your studies
  • Ideas that you feel didn’t work
  • Research: examples of various forms of investigation
  • Photographs of 3D, and large 2D, work
  • A USB stick or online link with any digital and screen-based work
  • Accompanied by work in progress, sketch books and development work


Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £8,200 if you are from the UK

Please note that this course is not available to international students.

If you need support or have any queries about applying for your finances for this partner college programme, or want to get in touch with our Partnership Liaison team, you can find out more in our Help and Advice article.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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Student at the graduation ceremony


On completion of the course, you will be ready to enter the employment sector.

Alternatively you could choose to top-up your Foundation Degree to a BA (Hons) Graphic Design.

Career options

This two-year course helps to develop your core skills and critical thinking and gives you experience of the possible routes within the creative industries. Most students progress from our foundation course to an honours degree.

Our graduates have gone on to work in the creative industries of publishing, design consultancies and advertising design. Some graduates prefer self-employment. Other options include postgraduate study and teaching.

Throughout the course, you will receive valuable advice on a variety of work-related topics. These range from costing, cash flow and business plans to going freelance, self-promotion and copyright issues.