This one-year programme will help you develop a portfolio of work tailored to your intended direction within graphic design and/or illustration. It will also enable you to convert a HND or Foundation Degree (level 5) qualification (in a relevant subject area) into a Batchelor's degree (level 6). This qualification is taught at West Kent College's University Centre in Tonbridge and is awarded and quality assured by the University of Kent
Applicants should hold a Foundation Degree or HND in graphic design or a related discipline at Merit or Distinction level.
The College will also consider applicants who have completed 240 credits in a degree programme in graphic design or a related discipline with achievement equivalent to a Merit profile in a Foundation Degree or HND.
All applicants will be interviewed and asked to present a suitable portfolio of their work at interview.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
Please note that meeting this typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee an offer being made. Please also see our general entry requirements.
If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.
International students cannot be admitted to this programme at this time due to visa restrictions.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
Duration: 1 year full-time
You will study the following three modules:
A materials fee, currently set at £40 per year, is payable for each year of the programme. This fee will contribute to the cost of inks for the Mac room printers and the supply of basic materials such as tracing paper.
An additional fee for trips, currently set at £80 per year, is also payable for each year of the programme to cover admission fees for all external visits organised by the College and to contribute to the cost of guest speakers and workshops. Please note that this fee will not cover your travel costs for the external visits.
Contact West Kent college for more information about accommodation and living costs.
For more information about funding, please see the West Kent College website.
As well as developing technical skills, you will acquire presentation skills and develop critical writing skills via academic writing and blogging. You will develop the ability to work confidently on your own and as a member of a team.
Throughout the programme you will not only receive staff input but you’ll be expected to contribute to critiquing sessions and seminars where you can exchange ideas and support your peers at regular intervals. Most importantly the programme will provide you with the opportunity to build the all-important portfolio of work that will represent your skills and learning and demonstrate your ability to enter industry or progress to further study.
Your work will be assessed continuously throughout the course. This occurs via critiquing sessions, presentations and a formal assessment at the end of each module. There are no exams for this programme. Practical workshops, lectures and seminars are a key feature of higher level study and you will be expected to attend and participate in these activities.
You will be given ongoing, regular feedback to assist your decision-making and to support the direction of your work. Regular attendance is essential so that a good design dialogue can be maintained as this forms the basis of the design process. This largely occurs through one-to-one meetings. You will keep a record of your research and development as these underpin the journey taken to arrive at the final outcomes. Assessment generally takes places during a presentation, with the exception of the dissertation which is handed in as a written piece for grading. Expected timetabled hours and time commitment outside timetabled hours:
The programme typically involves an average of 12 timetabled hours over three days per week during term time. This is a full-time programme and you will be expected to dedicate approximately 20 hours per week to self-directed study to carry out research and assignment work outside of timetabled classes.
You will require the following equipment for this programme:
The College has ample computer equipment with which to complete your projects. You will not be expected to purchase any software for the programme, although the teaching staff can provide advice if you wish to do so.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
The programme aims to:
You gain a knowledge and understanding of:
You gain the following intellectual skills:
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
You gain the following transferable skills:
All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.
Graduates of this programme typically enter design agencies or similar settings. The programme has produced book illustrators, lettering artists, typographers, art directors and many of our alumni have gone on to set up their own successful design agencies.
Following receipt of your application, the College will invite you to an interview and ask you to bring a portfolio of your work, including some examples of written work (eg an essay or proposal from your previous studies). The interview and your portfolio will help the College assess your suitability for the programme. They will also consider your UCAS application form, including your personal statement and reference, and the entry requirements when making a decision.
Applications should be made through UCAS using the following codes:
Institution Code: K24
Course Code: W210
Campus Code: W
If you are applying for courses based at Medway, you should add the campus code K in Section 3(d).