The course incorporates a wide range of design practices with an emphasis on graphics and is designed to reflect an experimental approach to creative design practice, although all the assignment briefs are very open. Some projects are carried out in small groups but you are given the opportunity to develop your individual creativity whilst learning a range of technical skills. There is a contextual studies element to the course to provide theory and history to support your practice.
GCSE maths and English grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent; AND
A related Level 3 qualification, which could be an Access to Higher Education Certificate; OR
At least one A-level in a relevant subject at grade A*-C OR more than one A-level at grades A*-E; OR
Related work experience – please see accreditation of prior learning or experience
Portfolio of recent artwork
For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent.
Maths and English GCSEs at grade C or above are also required
References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.
Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by presentation of a suitable and relevant portfolio of artwork.
Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience: Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. For this course we may be able take into account your paid and unpaid experience, professional qualifications and life experience. This is particularly applicable for mature students.
Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International Student Entry Requirements (edit text in italics)
All South Thames College HE courses are taught in English. You must be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.5
International students must possess qualifications equivalent to Level 3 study in the UK to apply for HE courses. Please be aware that this may mean we suggest an alternative course for you.
Portfolios can be submitted electronically if required.
Skype interviews may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange.
Audition via Skype or recorded video may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange.
The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark;
All assessments are spread across the year to make the workload manageable. The course work will be based on practical demonstration of skills as delivered by the lecturers.
Course Costs and Financial Support
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
- Annual printing allowance
- BTEC registration fee (if applicable)
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:
- Additional printing over and above the annual allowance
- The cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase
Careers and Progression
- HND Art and Design
- Progress into employment within graphic design studios or ability to work in a freelance capacity
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