Foundation Year FdA

Graphic Design (Taught at Salford City College)

School of Arts and Media



Two year


September 2019

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In a nutshell

On the course, you will be provided with training in the essential skills of visual communication and will have the opportunity to explore a range of forms of visual communication including illustration, print, typography, photography and computer aided graphic design. Through this integrated approach, learners  will be provided with a foundation in the skills required for a range of careers in graphic design and related fields.

On successful completion of the foundation degree, you can apply for further study at the University of Salford. Our graduate employment profile is excellent and supported through the focus of the curriculum on externally partnered and live briefs, networking events, exhibitions and competitions that our students engage with and undertake during their studies. There are many opportunities to engage with the local creative community within Greater Manchester as well as the wider industry on a national and international level. Our prime location on the University’s main campus within the New Adelphi building also fosters excellent opportunities for you to work collaboratively with students studying across a wide spectrum of disciplines.

Find out more about the benefits of studying at a partner college here.

You will:
  • Learn about the broad applications of graphic design, with the opportunity to focus and personalise your studies
  • Develop ideas-led solutions to increasing visual communication challenges
  • Embrace both the digital and traditional processes of design

This is for you if...


You can demonstrate knowledge and enthusiasm about design


You are keen to develop skills in all areas throughout all stages of the creative process


You want to explore both new and traditional design processes

Course details

All about the course

  • Taught at Salford City College in a new state of the art Graphic Design Studio.


  • Employer and client engagement is a key component of the course.


  • On successful completion, apply for further study at the University of Salford, another University or pursue employment opportunities.


For more information on this course, please visit the Salford City College website.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Graduates work in many areas of graphic design, including design for print, branding, editorial design, illustration, interactive design including app design, ezine and e-book design, online marketing and web design, as well as motion graphics. Students also move into related careers within the ever evolving creative industries in marketing, project management, social media and account handling.

Graduates work locally, nationally as well as internationally at companies such as Love Creative, Vault 49 New York, Typo com, Raw, Great Fridays, Mainframe, Code, Office, TBWA, GQ, Harpers & Queen, Showstudio, Skaggs Advertising in New York, Sha-La-La workshop, Hong Kong and Zietgiest in Germany. Graduates work within the creative industries, as well as freelance, and others pursue careers in teaching.

A taste of what you could become

A Graphic designer

An Illustrator

An App designer

An Animator

And more...


What you need to know

Applicants will need 80 UCAS points and a Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths (GCSE Grade C or 4).

All applicants are required to attend an interview for the programme and provide evidence of art and design/graphic design outcomes (e.g. portfolio/exhibition work).

Appropriately experienced applicants will be considered in line with the University’s Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedure.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept international applications for this programme.

English language requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements


English and maths GCSE grade C/grade 4 or above

UCAS tariff points

80 tariff points 

BTEC National Diploma


How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £7,500per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID W214

Institution S03

Clearing 2019

Apply through Clearing and start this course in September 2019.

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