BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Graphic Design), University of the West of England(UWE)
This degree is awarded by University of the West of England(UWE). It is a 1 year top-up programme in collaboration with UWE. Student will be assigned a tutor/supervisor from FMDS academic staff members. Student will also participate in seminars and attend lectures as required. Student will then be examined at the end of the course. BA students are equipped with conceptual and technical skills relevant to developing a contemporary art and design practice.
The BA (Honours) Graphic Design (Top-up) programme is designed for students interested in developing a professional art and design practice in the contemporary visual arts. BA students are equipped with conceptual and technical skills relevant to developing a contemporary art and design practice.
The UWE-FMDS’s academic programme is based on the premise that inventive and committed art and design practice will emerge from self-directed and motivated learners, which enable students to negotiate multiple art-related disciplines and to transfer relevant skills to a specific practice. UWE- FMDS educates its students for a professional role in the broader fields of contemporary art and design through the teaching of technical and theoretical skills and the synthesis of knowledge into practice. The students here develop generic skills including the ability to apply unconventional problem- solving skills and to manage self-directed studio projects that is integral to success in a wide variety of careers.
2.1 Aims of BA (Hons) Graphic Design (Top-up)
The BA programme in Graphic Design aims to explore the breath and depth of contemporary Graphic Design practice; develop sustainable personal practice through the application of a design methodology and the implementation of a range of creative, critical and technical skills; understand the function of design and the role of the Graphic Designer; locate their own practice through the exploration and the application of their ideas across a range of Graphic Design contexts and disciplines, and; develop the intellectual, critical, technical and key/transferable skills (necessary) to work in either a professional environment or to undertake further study where skills in visual communication are valued.
2.2 Structure of BA (Hons) Graphic Design (Top-up)
To graduate with a BA (Hons) Graphic Design, you will need to follow a full-time programme delivered over four terms in studio-based and written research.
This is a 180-credit UWE Bachelor’s Degree Programme comprising of four terms (12 weeks each term) covering a total of 720 contact hours. Each term equates to a number of credits that accumulate over the duration of your studies. You will need a total of 180 credits, over four terms, to achieve an honours degree. Some modules have different number of credits.
A credit relates to the amount of hours that you will spend studying on the module. For example, a 20-credit module is defined as being equivalent to 200 hours of study time. All modules are compulsory to the programme.
The 12 months duration is divided into four terms of 12 weeks each. These four terms is equivalent to three semesters or 18 months durations in Bristol, UK.
2.3 Certification of Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) Graphic Design
The BA study programme is for holders of diploma certification in the art and design or related study who wish to pursue a progression in higher learning in the design trade sector.
As a candidate, student may continue to work in the area of their undergraduate study or undertake research in a different area. Student can nominate to study by either studio project and research paper, or by dissertation and minor studio project.
Students are also expected to have developed a focus and direction in their work and be prepared for working in a tutorial environment with a tutor/supervisor. Student will be assigned a tutor/supervisor from FMDS academic staff members. Student will also participate in seminars and attend lectures as required. Student will then be examined at the end of the course.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) focuses on establishing student’s individual research practice, further equipping them for entry into professional practice or entry into the higher studies programmes. This qualification also seeks to equip the practicing and interested designers with the essentials and advanced knowledge and skills in the visual research, the creative thinking and concept development, and the studio practices, including the ability to function independently as a matured designers at mid management level.
Students will also be provided with an opportunity to be exposed to current designing industry trends, practices and opportunities in the local and regional markets.
Additional Entry Requirements
- Min GCSE grade C or equivalent standard.
- IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 570with TWE score of 4.0 NEAB or Cambridge proficiency grade C will be acceptable and IB (completion of Language B English at standard level with a Grade 4).
- Min 18 years old with minimum Diploma qualification from recognise polytechnic or (overseas) equivalent.
- Interview and portfolio presentation
- Studio based and written research
- Examined at the end of course for their coursework and research.
Graduation and Degree
- BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Graphic Design)