Degrees in Art & Design

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UCAS Code: C22

Course Code: W290

The college has an established reputation for facilitating the creative development of art and design students. This new course has evolved in response to contemporary art and design practice, culture and industry and is available bilingually, where students can choose to be taught and supported through the medium of Welsh or English.

In the rapidly growing and changing world of visual communication, graphic design can be best described as 'making an idea visual'. The course gives learners the opportunity to develop problem-solving skills as well as working in 2D, 3D and with the moving image. Students will explore the use of words and how they communicate using typography. The course seeks to equip you to work in this exciting and diverse industry, developing creative attitudes and skills within a variety of media, both traditional and digital. The course introduces you to essential graphic languages and processes including digital image manipulation, traditional and digital drawing, typography, branding, advertising, 3D & 2D visualisation, web design, motion graphics, print-making, advanced desktop publishing, preparation for print and along with new technologies, project management. Focusing on some of the major areas in contemporary communications, this course helps to promote the creative thinking processes together with introducing the skills required to enter the creative industry. The programme can also offer individuals an opportunity to create work in a bilingual context and environment. Your practice is supported by an integrated theory programme enabling you to work confidently and professionally within the context of graphic communication. The School of Creative Arts, provides a friendly and supportive environment for students to explore their options and develop their individual style and potential.

Course Features

  • Excellent facilities and use of latest Apple Macintosh technologies - both hardware and software
  • Small class sizes in all modules
  • International student exchange scheme
  • Strong vocational relevance and links with employers and regular trips, conferences & events - both nationally and internationally
  • Regular contact with staff

Career Prospects and Progression

Freelance design practice, publishing, advertising, branding Web design, exhibition design, studio management, art direction, television graphics, sign manufacturing, teaching / lecturing.

Entry Requirements

Tariff score points accepted 120.                                                                                          In addition applicants would normally be expected to have achieved English or Welsh language, mathematics to a minimum of C at GCSE. Selection procedures offers will be made based on UCAS application predicted grades, reference and interview. On receipt of the UCAS application students will be invited for interview where they would usually be expected to present a portfolio of art work. Programme co-ordinators will interview prospective students. Mature applicants with relevant prior experience are welcome and are considered on an individual basis. International students will be interviewed by video conferencing. At interview the candidate will give evidence of current experience and reasons for undertaking undergraduate study. He/she must demonstrate at interview that he/she is academically and technically/practically capable of completing and benefiting from the programme. Academic certificates and relevant documentation will be checked before unconditional acceptance.

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