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Foundation Degree in Graphic Design

This course will provide you with an opportunity for you to fulfil your creative ambitions and develop your understanding of current design practice.

You will gain an overview of the whole design and production process as well as the knowledge, understanding and skills to enter a range of careers in the graphic arts industries. Work-based learning is at the heart of this course and is embedded into the modules.

“When I first came to the College I felt so low, I felt like nothing – I had lost my confidence – but now I feel like myself again, I feel happy.”

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We make every effort to ensure information within our online course directory is accurate and a true representation of the courses we are offering in 2022/23. However, we do reserve the right to make changes if necessary.

Start an exciting career in Art, Graphic Design and Fashion

The art and design sector is ideal for those who have a creative spark, passion for art and want to pursue a colourful career.

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Graphic Designer

Average salary - £28,100*

Graphic Designers use illustrative and multimedia techniques to create visual branding, adverts, brochures, magazines, website designs, product packaging and displays.

Day to day tasks

Discussing requirements with clients, coming up with creative ideas and presenting them, working to budgets and deadlines, explaining requirements to photographers and printers and keeping up to date with design trends and new software tools.**

Working environments:

Creative studios, office settings or at a client’s business.

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

Product Designer

Average salary - £29,400*

Product Designers create designs for new products and improve existing ones.

Day to day tasks

Discuss client requests, explore how existing products work and are used, develop ideas, outline plans, identify suitable product material, utilise computer design software to make blueprints, produce prototypes and test and refine designs.**

Working environments:

Workshops, creative studios or an office setting.

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

In-demand skills that commonly appear in job descriptions for roles within the art and design sector include*:

  • Communication
  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Detail Orientated

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

What our students say

“My favourite part of college is the hands-on, practical learning and the staff make it a great environment to be in.”

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Sharoz Hussain Entry Level 1 Joinery, former student at Oakwood High School

“College has allowed me to focus on something I am passionate about and helped me gain a better understanding of the art industry.”

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Eddie Barlow Level 3 Art and Design Former student at Oakwood High School

“The teachers are very supportive in helping me achieve my ambition to study adult nursing at university.”

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Maneerat Thongngoen Level 3 Health and Social Care Former student at De Warenne Academy

Foundation Degree in Graphic Design