Foundation Degree in Graphic Design

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This course will provide you with an opportunity for you to fulfil your creative ambitions and develop your understanding of current design practice.

You will gain an overview of the whole design and production process as well as the knowledge, understanding and skills to enter a range of careers in the graphic arts industries. Work-based learning is at the heart of this course and is embedded into the modules.

“I enjoy the atmosphere of this University as it is not as populated as other Universities, making it easier to concentrate on my studies. UCR was recommended by my tutors from Rotherham College, and they made me believe I could do it.”

Ryan Widdowson Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Media, Moving Image and Photography
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Start an exciting career in Arts and Graphics

The arts sector is ideal for those who are detail-oriented and have a passion for creativity.

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Artist

Average salary - £28,800

Artists create original works of art using appropriate techniques, materials and media, design artwork and illustrations and restore damaged pieces of art.

Day-to-day tasks**:
  • Work from your own ideas, or a commission from an individual or an organisation
  • Sell your work through an agent or through galleries, exhibitions, shops or online
  • Research subjects, materials and new artistic techniques
  • Network with agents, dealers, gallery owners and other artists
  • Attend exhibitions, join artists’ groups and run local art projects
  • Work as ‘artist in residence’ – running classes and workshops in places like schools, prisons or hospitals
Working environments

You could work in a creative studio, in a workshop or from home.

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

Graphic Designer

Average salary - £28,200

Graphic Designers use illustrations, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for informational, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes.

Day-to-day tasks**:
  • Discuss the client’s requirements and come up with creative ideas
  • Produce rough drafts and present your ideas
  • Prepare designs using specialist software, and produce a final layout
  • Make presentations to clients for feedback and approval
  • Explain requirements to other design professionals
  • Keep up with design trends and developments in software tools
Working environments

You could work in a creative studio, in an office or at a client’s business.

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

In-demand skills that commonly appear in job descriptions for roles within the art sector include*:

  • Communication
  • Enthusiasm
  • Self-Motivation
  • Problem Solving
  • Innovation

What our students say

“I enjoy the atmosphere of this University as it is not as populated as other Universities, making it easier to concentrate on my studies. UCR was recommended by my tutors from Rotherham College, and they made me believe I could do it.”

Ryan Widdowson Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Media, Moving Image and Photography

“I’m really enjoying every aspect of the course. Studying locally means being part of a really close community.”

Charlotte Broadway
Charlotte Broadway Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fine and Applied Art

Foundation Degree in Graphic Design