Course overview

Graphic Design and Digital Arts Foundation Degree City of Bristol College
Create cutting-edge print and digital designs with this Foundation Degree.

We all interact with graphics and interactive multimedia every day. Graphic design is more than logos, branding and advertising. It’s also everything from mobile apps, websites and e-commerce to interactive games.

This FdA course will teach you about graphic design and emerging digital technology.

If you studied your Level 3 course with us, you could be eligible for our Higher Education Progression Bursary. You can find out more about our financial support options, download the HR progression bursary application form, or email with your name, College email and course you’re interested in to find out more.

Apply for the Graphic Design and Digital Arts FdA through UCAS

Institution name: BCBC
Institution code: B77
Course code: W290
Campus code: C
Short code: FdA/GD

Additional information

Who is this course for?

If you are interested in design for print, interactive media, contemporary design or arts then this course could be for you.

You need to be excited by experimenting and exploring print based outcomes and digital media, as well as having an enthusiasm for well-crafted typography.

What you'll learn

The key themes running throughout this Foundation Degree are contemporary visual culture and awareness.

Over two years, you will develop graphic design outcomes across a range of media and explore a range of diverse vocational concepts listed below. The emphasis is on creative practical projects and building a design portfolio that you can use vocationally to either present to potential employers or continue with your higher education pathway.


  • Developing Graphics Concepts
  • Editorial Design
  • Corporate Identity
  • Advertising
  • Branding and Packaging
  • Typography
  • Information Design
  • Digital Imagery
  • Professional Design Brief

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Course entry requirements

To join this course, students typically need 56 UCAS points made up from:

  • A BTEC National Diploma in a related subject
  • AS/A2 (including a related subject or subjects)
  • A full Access Diploma in an appropriate pathway
  • Mature applicants with relevant experience and/or related qualifications are welcome to apply
  • GCSEs (or equivalent) in maths and English Language at Grade 4 (C) or above
  • All existing skills and potential will be considered at interview

Please note you will need an interview for this course.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

All assessment is continuous and will typically be by coursework, group work, presentations and practical assignments and projects. Methods include group critique, presentations and peer discussions and evaluations.

You will be supported throughout with individual and group tutorials.

Future career and study opportunities

Upon completion of this course students will be prepared for employment within relevant industries e.g. graphic design, advertising, packaging design and development, internet design and motion graphics.

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree is broadly equivalent to two years undergraduate study. Students completing the FdA may progress on to the final year of BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography at the University of Plymouth or apply to a local University of their choice.

Additional costs

A Mac compatible portable hard drive will prove useful for storage.

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

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Fees and applications

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Graphic Design and Digital Arts Foundation Degree College Green Centre
Course Code
13/09/2021 - 23/06/2023
2 years
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Hours per week
Start Time
College Green Centre
This course costs £6000 per year. You can fund your studies with a Student Loan. Visit our Financial Support page to find out more.
Course Code Dates Duration Days Hours per week Start Time Location Fee
HGF1525A01-1 13/09/2021 - 23/06/2023 2 years Date/Day(s) Being Finalised 14.50 Enquire College Green Centre
This course costs £6000 per year. You can fund your studies with a Student Loan. Visit our Financial Support page to find out more.

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