Bath Spa University Graphic Design

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Bath Spa University Graphic Design

Our Graphic Design foundation degree offers insight into day-to-day life in the design industry. You’ll become an expert in industry-standard software and learn to generate work from concept to implementation, with effective client liaison and project management.

Live briefs form an integral part of the course, reflecting current industry trends and developments. You’ll have opportunities to work with visiting practitioners, engage with clients, and work collaboratively with your peers.

What you’ll learn


This foundation degree in Graphic Design is primarily skills-based, with strong commercial links to the creative industries and local employers. You’ll generate work from concept stage through to implementation, making use of appropriate reproduction processes. Practical skills you’ll learn include desktop publishing, digital illustration, and photo manipulation.

You’ll explore context, examining new technologies and ethical and social issues surrounding contemporary design practice. Through live projects, you’ll take responsibility for your own client liaison and project management, with mentoring from staff. Working within a commercial design studio exposes you to the professional working environment from day one, ensuring you develop skills needed for industry including communication, time management, marketing and business awareness.

Course structure

Year 1
The first year of this course introduces you to a range of technical skills, builds your awareness of practices in commercial studios and equips you with a sound understanding of the history and context of design. You’ll engage with live projects from the industry and work with visiting practitioners and clients to enhance your employability skills.

Year 2
The second year of the course encourages you to build your professional self-promotional portfolio, and liaise with designers/agencies to gain individual work placements. You’ll also implement your creative skills in a self-directed project, showcasing your work in a final exhibition.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through essays, presentations, sketchbooks, displays, portfolios, journals, and work-based learning. There is no formal examination.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught through lectures, seminars, practical work, live projects and work placements. We also make extensive use of visiting practitioners to deliver guest lectures and workshops.


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