We have created a degree that combines traditional graphic design disciplines with graphic art. Our BA (Hons) Graphic Arts and Design will produce creative graphic designers who have a broad set of skills and abilities; fusing both graphic art and graphic design.
In the first year of the degree, you can expect to develop your creative thinking skills in visual communications with modules that cover mark marking, traditional printing, typography, colour theory, composition and layout. Alongside this foundation in creative illustrative skills, you will also be exploring design for print and screen, packaging design, brochure and layout design – all using the latest versions of industry standard software such as the Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and In-Design. In addition, you will investigate the importance of design to brand development.
The second year of the course will develop your skills and knowledge and you will be looking at possible career paths to your final year. You will extend your graphic art and graphic design skills and you will have a taste of dealing with clients; when your tutor acts as your client, for both group and individual briefs. Lastly, you will create well designed and functional websites, which is a valuable skill for graphic designers.
In the final year of the course, you will produce substantial pieces of work that reflect the specialisms you have developed throughout your course. You will be exposed to a variety of international and national competition briefs as well as briefs set by practising graphic designers. These projects will allow you to work closely with other students as you would in the real world, while focusing on your individual specialisms. To complement these skills specific modules, you will develop a professional portfolio with the view of focussing on your career and future opportunities.
Throughout the course there will also be a strong academic component which examines the cultural art and design issues from an historical, contemporary and future perspective.
The course has been designed to reflect the realities of today’s design industry. Elements of the course such as the live, external briefs not only give you a thorough preparation for your future career, they are also tremendously enjoyable and exciting. If you enjoy the buzz of working creatively with other people under pressure, then you will love this course.
Likewise, if you have a genuine desire to explore your creative potential through illustration and drawing, you will appreciate the recurring opportunities to become involved in different creative media throughout the course.
Our graphic design ‘lab’ is a space that will allow you to explore and develop your design capabilities – with enough room to take advantage of large format design projects, while also equipped with the latest Apple hardware and industry standard software.
To make the most of the course content and facilities, you will be guided by an academic team with real world experience, many of whom are currently still active within the industry. This team is supplemented with guest tutors and lectures throughout the year.
Being part of Futureworks mean you will also work on collaborative projects with our sound, film and games students, who will all require graphic designers to help with pack designs, posters and album artwork.
As the world of graphic design and graphic arts develops, the industry is constantly looking for highly creative, adaptable individuals with developed skills across a range of media including illustration, print, digital and editorial design.
This course prepares you for roles as graphic designers, illustrators, graphic artists or art workers either working on a freelance basis or within design and advertising agencies, or working for clients’ in-house design departments.
The final qualification for this programme is awarded by the University of Central Lancashire.
As a guide, 20 credits typically represents around 52 hours of tutor contact time (e.g. lectures/workshops/feedback) and 148 hours of self-study time (usually over the course of a semester). These numbers may increase or decrease depending on the nature, length and level of the module, especially towards the end of the course.
We want to do everything we can to prepare you for working within the creative industries, and this is reflected in the way we teach and assess you. The course is mostly coursework based, which means your tutors will be able to give you constant, constructive feedback. Presentation techniques will give you valuable experience of how to present your thoughts and ideas successfully and enthusiastically, so you are better at selling your ideas to prospective employers.
The written work is an important part of assessment and will improve your communication skills. A combination of lectures, tutorials, peer reviews, discussions and observations will ensure that you’re industry ready. External trips will present you with a wider range of topics and the opportunity to expand your portfolio, whilst guest speakers will help you to understand the world of games, how it works and how you can make your mark on it.
Your primary location of study will be at our Riverside Campus, which is located on New Bailey Street in Manchester. As part of your course, some of your lessons may take place at our Futureworks Studios facility located in MediaCityUK, a few miles from the city centre. Additionally, some of your lessons will take place at a local printing facility.
Futureworks recognises that the skills, competencies and contribution of its staff are vital to the delivery of high quality Higher Education. All programmes are managed by a dedicated Programme Leader and team of experienced tutors, and our excellent links with industry employers mean you'll have access to exciting guest lectures and fantastic opportunities to gain experience on real-world projects.
Admissions requirements, course content and delivery can be subject to change to enable Futureworks to deliver a better quality of educational experience. Applicants are encouraged to check information on our relevant course pages from time to time, particularly before submitting any application for their academic year of study.
Students on degree courses at Futureworks are required to attend lessons according to the course timetable. Futureworks operates a Student Engagement Policy which has been developed as part of Futureworks' commitment to providing a supportive learning environment which enables all students who have chosen to study with us to achieve their full potential. The full Engagement Policy can be downloaded here.
Students are expected to pay their tuition fees (whether via a student loan and/or direct payment) on-time and in accordance with their Finance Agreement. If you fail to make payments according to the agreed schedule you may be suspended from your course until any outstanding fees are paid.
Students are liable for 25% of the course fees when they enrol in Term 1 (and stay after the 2 week change of mind period). If students attend in Term 2 they are liable for 50% of the course fees, and 100% if they attend in Term 3. Students will have a 2 week period at the beginning of the course where they will not be liable for fees if they leave the University.
If a student needs to retake any modules part-time, there is an additional tuition fee of £1127.50 per 20 credit module.
For it's Higher Education courses, Futureworks operates a robust three-stage complaints procedure which incorporates both the University of Central Lancashire and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. The Complaints Procedure is intended to provide an accessible, fair and straightforward system which ensures an effective, prompt and appropriate response. The full procedure can be downloaded here.
As a provider of Higher Education, our commitment to you is important and we therefore need regulations, policies and codes of conduct, which are designed to protect and maintain both academic quality and your rights and responsibilities as Futureworks students.
You need to be aware of their existence and their relevance to you and your studies. Alongside this, you may also have other separate arrangements with external organisations, such as the Student Loans Company, which you will need to ensure that you fully understand.
UCLan's academic regulations ensure that all students are treated in a fair way – from the moment you are accepted on to a course, through to assessments and the qualification that you are awarded.
You can find out more about UCLan's general policy documents, which together form the student contract, the basis of the contractual relationship between you, Futureworks and the University, here.
'Unfair means' includes copying the work of others (plagiarism) and passing it off as your own, and other forms of cheating in assessments. The use of unfair means is taken very seriously by Futureworks, and if you are suspected of using unfair means, you could be subject to disciplinary action under the Futureworks disciplinary procedure which may jeopardise your status as a student.
You have the right to cancel and withdraw within 14-days from the date your contract with Futureworks is entered into (the day the you accepted our offer of a place on the course). To cancel your application, complete this form and return it to: Admissions, Futureworks, Riverside, Manchester, M3 5FS.
Fees for the 2017/18 academic year are £6,765 per year.
You may be eligible for a student loan to cover most of the cost of your fees. Click here to find out more about tuition fee loans.
Alternatively, call us on 0161 214 4600 and speak to our admissions team to find out more.