School of Art, Design and Architecture

BA (Hons) Graphic Design with Typography with Foundation

Develop innovative ideas and concepts in response to design briefs, and creatively solve design problems using image, words and typography. With employers placing great emphasis on graduates having typographic knowledge, you’ll stand out in the job market. You’ll develop your knowledge and yourself by taking advantage of a learning environment that includes open plan studios with a 360 degree view of Plymouth, a city at the heart of art and culture in the South West.

This course provides opportunities for students from non-standard entry points to develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. You will become part a vibrant creative community through an engaging learning environment with a focus on active exploration and discovery across a wide range of methods and media. Upon successful completion of your first year, you’ll join the undergraduate BA (Hons) Graphic Design with Typography course.

This course (formerly BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography with Foundation) is available for September 2020 entry

See BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography with Foundation for entry in September 2019.

Key features

Your foundation year will:

  • Welcome you to an engaging, experiential learning environment with a focus on active exploration, experimentation and discovery across a wide range of material, methods and media.
  • Help develop your practical, technical and creative skills through studio and workshop based projects.
  • Provide training in key learning skills for further undergraduate study and build an awareness of practise, context and theory.
  • Introduce you to the accessible community of experienced academics, practitioners and technical staff that will support you on your studies.
  • Give you access to a wide range of enviable specialist workshops, laboratories and facilities across the campus and become part of our vibrant student community through the various opportunities available within the School of Art, Design and Architecture.
  • Enable you to explore and develop your personal interests and strengths as a creative practitioner.

This course is an integrated part of the BA (Hons) Graphic Design with Typography degree at the University of Plymouth. Successful completion of your foundation year (Year 0) will not lead to a separate award or qualification in its own right but provides progression onto Year 1 of the graphic design with typography degree.

When you join the BA (Hons) Graphic design with Typography with Foundation, you will:

  • Prepare yourself for your dream career: our graduates finding creative fulfilment working for companies such as DesignBridge, Leo Burnett, Snask, IBM and The Times.
  • In your final year you can choose a specialism to match your interests and career goals with options that relate directly to the design industry. Choose from identity and branding, editorial and publishing and Information design.
  • Draw on support from committed tutors with long-term industry and academic experience.
  • Fly high and join alumni and current students who have won national and international competitions.
  • Engage with live client briefs, giving your creativity real-world impact.
  • Explore our range of resources including printmaking workshops, photographic studios and Apple Mac workstations complete with the latest Adobe CC software.
  • Develop your knowledge and develop yourself by taking advantage of a learning environment that includes open plan studios with a 360 degree view of Plymouth, a city at the heart of art and culture in the South West.
  • Have direct contact with prestigious visiting speakers such as Jonathon Barnbrook, Michael Johnson and Angus Hyland. Get feedback on your work from practicing graphic designers during our ‘Industrial Liaison Day’.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

32 - 48

Don’t have 32–48 UCAS tariff points? We will consider ‘non-standard’ applications on a case-by-case basis.

A levels: For Level 3 entry the Tariff points entry level will normally be 32–48 points from A level or equivalent. Non-standard applicants will normally be interviewed.

BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended

Irish Leaving Certificate: Irish Highers, H5 in five subjects equivalent to 32–48 points.

International Baccalaureate: 24 overall

Proficiency in English: Students for whom English is an additional language will need to demonstrate ability in spoken and written English equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 and/or successfully complete the university’s special test before entering the foundation year.

We are looking for applicants with good potential including with non-standard qualifications and background, so will consider every application on a case by case basis. Alternatively, if you have any questions or concerns about meeting the entry requirements listed above we would encourage you to contact the Admissions Team on 01752 585858 or email ug-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk, where a member of the team can offer you further advice.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Award options with BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography

Enhance your distinct voice by choosing a design industry-related specialism in your final year. Choose from identity and branding, editorial and publishing and information design.

Discover your final year study options

Career opportunities with BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography

Being a graphic communicator can be a dream job. The course has enabled students to get work as designers in great places, locally, nationally and internationally.

Find out about where this course could take you

Video: Lauren-Jean Ratcliffe, BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography

In a video produced by PlymUni TV Arts students, Lauren-Jean speaks about her time on her course and her choice to look at the Syrian Civil War as her final major project.

Graduate case studies

Teaching expertise with BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography

With strong links to the University’s research centres, staff with years of industry and academic experience, and world-class visiting lecturers, your learning will be shaped by the very latest research and innovations.

Discover the course’s range of teaching methods


Portfolio advice with BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography

The graphic communication with typography course requires all applicants to present their portfolio, bringing with them an up-to-date portfolio of work.

Your portfolio should demonstrate originality, depth of learning, evidence of engagement.

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