A highly creative, ideas based course tailored to meet the specific needs of this exciting and evolving industry. Mentored by experienced, practicing tutors you will develop a portfolio covering traditional print, digital, advertising, branding, corporate identity, illustration and typography. Our tutors have experience working with Laura Ashley, Ideal Standard, Water Aid, Oxford Playhouse, Ford Motor Co and Oxfam UK.
You will study the following compulsory units: graphic design practices, techniques and processes, professional development and professional practices, external design projects, typography, collaborative and advanced design projects and contextual studies. Specialist units could include: communication in graphic design, branding and identity, art direction, surface design and conceptual design practices, creative industries placement and photographic practices. Students have carried out live projects and work placements at Kettering and Corby Borough Council, SC Agency, Adrenaline Alley and Elgoods Brewery. Many of our previous students have gained careers with UK wide Graphic Design Agencies and other related industries.
Many of our previous students have gained careers in areas including - Marketing, Interior Design,UK wide Graphic Design Agencies, Illustration, Teaching and as self-employed Graphic Designers.
Completing the HND can also lead to a Level 6 Top-Up year to gain a full BA Degree.
Assessments are portfolio based and include critiques, presentations and group work. You will be tasked with creating graphic design projects in a range of mediums. You will also have the opportunity to present to external clients to ensure you are ready for your next career step.
You should expect costs of between £100-£150 per year for art materials (e.g. range of paper/pads, pens/pencils, drawing aids) dry materials (oil and soft pastels, graphite, water-proof pens and charcoal) and wet materials (paints, acrylics, inks, variety of brushes). The optional trip abroad will incur extra cost, this will discussed at interview.
For students studying on a full time basis, your timetable will include a minimum of 15 hours of teaching in our Mac suite, printmaking, photography and design studios. You are expected to conduct a minimum of a further 12 hours each week on private study and enrichment activities taking the opportunity to use the library and studio outside of formal lectures and design time.
Full time applications must be made via www.UCAS.com, the UCAS code for this course is GD01 for the 1 year HNC and 5W9W for the 2 year HND. Part time applications can be made directly to Tresham College.
Please note that all students who wish to apply for this course who are non-native English speakers, or have not studied the final two years of school/college in English, must demonstrate capability in English to a standard commensurate to:
-IELTS 5.5, with a minimum of 5.0 being awarded on individual sections
-PTE Academic score of 42 to 49.
Please contact us for further information.