I’ve learned loads about myself socially and academically, it’s set me up for next year and I feel really confident about it.Eleanor
A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject or you need a grounding in a new subject area.
Throughout the course, you’ll develop your skills in real-world situations, through live briefs and national competition briefs.
To build on your design work, you’ll learn business and entrepreneurial aspects of the industry from professional graphic designers.
You’ll be able to take on freelance commissions during the course and have the chance to work with local design agencies, alumni, and our staff.
You can also study abroad, gaining international experience of design.
Good designers are always in demand and having the knowledge, creativity and determination will help you find the right job, take on freelance work and even give you the confidence to set up your own business.
From day one, we'll consider you as designer with thoughts and opinions that can lead to great ideas and impactful work.
Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.
You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of arts and humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.
For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.
During the foundation year, you'll have an introduction to graphic design and you'll learn essential skills to help you as you progress through your degree.
You'll study in a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.
Whether you are a school leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year may give you a way of accessing higher education.
Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.
You'll be taught through a combination of practical workshops, lectures, tutorials and critique sessions.
Each module will require you to respond to at least one 'brief' (as in industry). The brief will specify your deign challenge, itemise resources and assets, note any constraints and advise a schedule of activities.
During practical workshops you'll gain the skills and technical knowledge needed to respond to the briefs. Lectures will give you a firm grounding in the theoretical aspects of graphic design and will help you to develop your critical understanding of your own practice. Tutorials enable you to discuss your individual design work with your tutors and the critique sessions are to help you show and explain your working processes and to deliver and receive feedback with your peers and tutors. This combined approach encourages expression of your ideas, observations and experiences within a supportive academic environment.
You'll also meet with your academic personal tutor to get personal support throughout the course.
You'll typically have around 12 contact hours per week, but your actual contact hours depend on any optional modules you select.
All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.
When not attending lectures, critiques, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you'll continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves working on practical briefs and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops and tutorials, reading journal articles and books and undertaking research in the library, and making use of the print making studio facilities. Independent learning will take up to 24 hours per week.
Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.
In some of your modules in Year 2 and Year 3, you'll undertake independent research working under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly and they will support you to ensure you carry out your research effectively and reach your full potential.
While your workload will change in response to deadlines, you should see your studies as a full-time job of at least 36 hours per week.
The team consists of highly qualified academics, who have interests and experience in diverse areas of graphic design. All of the teaching team hold teaching qualifications and are research-active, sharing a range of expertise and experience. They all have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. For more information see individual staff profiles and our professional practice web sites:
Dr Kate McLean (Programme Director) – https://sensorymaps.com
Shelley Bartlette – http://www.shiveringsands.co.uk/
Rob Flowers – https://robflowers.co.uk/
Tony Lyons – http://www.estuaryenglish.co.uk/
Tom Kell – http://tomvek.tv/
Rachel Hancock – https://www.rachellouisedesigns.co.uk/
The programme is led by Dr Kate McLean, an internationally renowned sensory designer and creator of smellmaps. Kate holds an MFA in Graphic Design and a PhD in Communication Design from the Royal College of Art. She co-edited a book, "Designing with Smell: Practices, techniques and Challenges" published in 2018. Kate is currently working on smell-based research projects with communities and hospitals.
As intelligent, talented young designers you will learn skills of graphic design through an understanding that we all need to be ethical and sustainable, using Graphic Design for Good.Kate McLeanGraphic Design Programme Director
Graphic Design is assessed through the submission of practical assignments normally consisting of a practical response to a brief (such as a game), and a supporting set of materials (such as a PDF collection of sketches and planning, and/or a written or video-based evaluation). The requirements of each module will be made clear in their handbooks / briefs. There is one module per year that is assessed using essays, but this is primarily a practical degree programme. There are no formal exams. Each module contains several opportunities for 'formative' assessment also known as a “crit”/"critique" for which you give and receive feedback from your tutor and peers.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
Graphic Design is assessed 100% through coursework. Each practical module (5 per year in Years 1 and 2) will contain 2 briefs requiring responses from you. In the case of group work your individual contribution is what is assessed. While this is primarily a practical degree every year you have one theory-based module requiring an essay as your coursework submission. You are assessed against module-specific Learning Outcomes and School-level marking criteria which are made available to students during their studies.
You will receive formative feedback on all practice assessments and summative feedback on end of module assessment hand-ins. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. In addition to summative feedback (normally returned 15 working days after submission), you will have frequent opportunities to present and receive feedback on your progress as part of the teaching.
Graphic design is a creative professional discipline that remains in strong demand, due to the ways that its underpinning principles inform almost all visual communication. Graduates from the course have moved into a range of creative careers, including working as graphic designers either salaried within design agencies or on a freelance basis.
Our interdisciplinary ethos and approach assists graduates in working not only in prescribed work roles such as graphic designers, graphic artists and artworkers, but in working across the range of creative industries including graphic design, influencing, marketing, social media, web design and beyond.
Many students also continue on to further study, such as postgraduate courses in graphic design or related creative disciplines both at Canterbury Christ Church University and at other institutions.
Patrick Thwaites (2019), Junior Designer at GAMA Healthcare, Watford
Zoe Deeley (2019), Artworker at Premier Print, Canterbury
Emily Porritt (2018), Graphic Designer at Yellobelly, Ipswich
Clarissa Holt (2018), Designer at Dassie Artisan, Brighton
Tyler Ayers (2017, 2015), Junior Designer at Truth, London
Mark Willis (2017), Brand Videographer & Graphic Designer, Mountain Warehouse
Becky Upson (2016), Graphic Designer at ASAP UK LTD, Sutton
Margaret Limbu (2016), Graphic Designer at Bigjigs Toys Ltd., Folkestone
Daniel Palmer (2015), Freelance Motion Graphics Designer, Margate
Rachel Hancock (2014), Art Director, Rachel Louise Designs, Masters Student & Lecturer at CCCU Graphic Design
Luke Sutton (2014), Creative Director at LEAP Marketing & Brand Development, Maidstone
Rachel Philogene (2014), Interactive Designer at Teads and Teads.tv, London
Alana Handford (2014), Digital Designer at The Simply Group, Faversham
Lisa Sloan (2013), Lecturer in Art & Design at Peterborough Regional College
I chose CCCU because I was very warmly welcomed when I got in contact for information about the university. I found in my time in CCCU that people are very keen to socialise with you and are interested in learning about your background. My biggest fear was the cultural difference I would have to face but it was easy to settle in.SimranYear 3 Graphic Design student
Graphic Design student cleaning an etching plate in the Daphne Oram creative arts building.
The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time - Foundation Year 0||£9,250||£13,000|
|Full-time - years 1-3 *||£9,250||£13,000|
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2021/22 only. Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
We work with a range of design companies and other industry partners as the initiators of live client briefs. In recent years these have included Finally Agency, Rising Sun Domestic Abuse Charity, The Goods Shed, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Red Bullet Agency, Edible Kingdom, John Baxter (Parisian author and literary walking tour guide), Broadstairs Folk Festival, Saga Holidays, Greyhound Board of Great Britain, Sea Green Art and The Canterbury Society.
The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.
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