Course Overview




The graphic and media design industries need designers with innovative and original ideas, who are able to work with a range of processes and formats, and who understand, and are able to respond to the exciting demands of the professional industry. This one-year ‘top-up’ degree aims to bridge the gap between being a design student and becoming a successful professional designer. We achieve this by providing a series of software master classes and design technique workshops focused on your individual needs as a top-up student, you will master existing skills while also learning new skills such as App design or paper mechanics to compliment your portfolio.

This intensive one year course aims to provide students with an opportunity to develop a strong portfolio of design work in an encouraging and creative design environment. You will negotiate project briefs with teaching staff in order to challenge and improve your design skills, as well as responding to a number of ‘live’ project briefs and presentations.




You may concentrate on one area of the design industries such as design for screen or print-based media, or are equally able to produce work in response to a range of design situations.

We welcome mature students who wish to upgrade specialist skills.
 

Critical Studies

These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Click here for more details.





 

Progression and Careers

Throughout the course, students explore potential areas for employment by visiting design companies, and meeting professional designers for portfolio consultation. For the forthcoming year this will involve students visiting some prestigious design agencies based in London.




At the last graduation ceremony, 80% of students on this course gained a 2:1 or above. These students have successfully gained employment across a number of specialist design areas within the design and media industries, both in the UK and abroad. There is also the option to become a freelance designer, or further progress in education or onto teaching.  Other students may want to consider further study at Postgraduate level.



The employers below are just some of the companies who employ our graduates, provide work experience and lecture on the course

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of a Foundation Degree (FdA) or HND in a related subject.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English – proof of an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all sections (reading, writing, listening & speaking)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning Opportunities - The college welcomes applications from students with prior learning and/or previous experience.  Further details on eligibility can be found on page 15 of our Admissions Policy.  Alternatively, please contact us at registry@hca.ac.uk and we can advise you on the college’s and the University Awarding body requirements (evidence of prior learning will need to be provided).

What you will study:

Final Major Project
This unit aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop a new portfolio of work with which to best demonstrate your skills and abilities. You will negotiate projects with staff in response to a number of ‘themes’.

External brief
You’ll work directly with clients in order to respond to a variety of ‘live’ projects. This unit also provides an opportunity to enter a number of national student competitions.

Cultural and Professional Studies
During the year, you will research a negotiated ‘cultural’ or ‘professional’ theme, which will then be developed into a final major essay. Students are supported in this project by both an individual tutorial system, plus a series of seminars.

Final Major Presentation
This last unit involves developing a major presentation of work in terms of a portfolio, website, and final major exhibition. Some students may also be selected to exhibit their work at a London graduate showcase