Graphic Design - BA Hons Degree
Course Code: VG1HE16
UCAS Code: W211
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On this programme, you will have the opportunity to explore and develop specific traditional craft-based design skills and will be encouraged to apply this learning to newly acquired skills within a broad range of new and emerging technologies and media. In the creative and digital sector and further afield, new ideas are at a premium. They are the life blood of great design, which is why we place experimentation and investigation at the heart of the curriculum and why you will be challenged to push the boundaries of design and investigate the unproven and untried. With your broad skills, industry connections and growing self-confidence, you will graduate from this programme as an English specialist, able to progress to post-graduate study and meaningful employment, where you will make a significant impact in academic, creative or other professional sectors.
A minimum of 96 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline excluding Functional Skills and GCSE English Language at grade C or above (or equivalent). Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis. All applicants will be given the opportunity to attend a workshop. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend, we will view your work online. For further details, please see www.blackpool.ac.uk/sca/auditions.
Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.
Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.
Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.
|Assessment Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Level 4 Modules
|Collaborative Approaches to Design Practice||VG4MD024||20||Mandatory|
|2d Digital Design||VG4MD025||20||Mandatory|
|Image Making for Graphic Design||VG4MD026||20||Mandatory|
|Typographic Style and Structure||VG4MD027||20||Mandatory|
|Conceptual Thinking in Design Contexts||VG4MD028||20||Mandatory|
|Engaging the Archive||VG4MD029||20||Mandatory|
Level 5 Modules
|User Experience Design||VG5MD034||20||Mandatory|
|Animation and Moving Image||VG5MD035||20||Mandatory|
|Editorial Layout and Design||VG5MD037||20||Mandatory|
|3d Modelling Lighting and Environments||VG5MD038||20||Mandatory|
Level 6 Modules
|Identity and Graphic Design||VG6MD022||20||Mandatory|
|Design Practice in Emerging Fields||VG6MD023||20||Mandatory|
|Final Major Project||VG6MD024||40||Mandatory|
|Independent Research Project||VG6MD025||20||Mandatory|
Teaching and Learning Methods
Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.
Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.
Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.
|Learning Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
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