Exeter College

FdA Graphic Communication

Recognised as one of the leading further education college in the country, we offer small class sizes and one-to-one support. We offer courses delivered by friendly staff with industry experience. We offer modern, specialist, acclaimed learning resource centres. The result of studying with us? You earn a nationally and internationally recognised qualification awarded by Plymouth University. 

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Branding & Packaging (EXEC1166)

      Brand and identity design is one of the most important and significant aspects of graphic design, and for most professional graphic designers it is a task that occurs frequently throughout their careers. This module requires students to re-design the branding and packaging for an existing product and create the necessary publicity items to promote the re-brand.

    • Exploring Digital Applications (EXEC1167)

      This module will allow the students to extend their experience and knowledge of digital software and professional technologies available to contemporary creative practitioners. A series of specific workshops on a range of digital techniques using industry-standard software will enable students to experiment and produce interactive web and / or app’ pages and short digital animations to produce an on-line advertising or awareness campaign. Final outcomes will be interactive and screen-based.

    • Application & Realisation of Design (EXEC1168)

      This module enables students to further investigate the many and varied aspects of graphic design in relation to professional practice. Students will devise their own, self-initiated brief, responding to a negotiated personal theme, utilising the knowledge and experience gained throughout the first year and the technical skills acquired. Opportunities may exist for students to work on a live commercial design project.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Advanced Design Practices (EXEC2013)

      Through workshops and practical projects the students will build on the work produced in year one. This module will provide a balance between theoretical and practical learning, emphasising the processes involved in more sophisticated application of design processes. They will extend their knowledge of contemporary and professional practices within design.

    • Exploring Digital Applications (EXEC2014)

      This module will allow the students to extend their experience and knowledge of digital software and professional technologies available. It provides an opportunity for individual portfolio preparation and the production of self-promotional material. The presentation of a portfolio using electronic media is an important means of self promotion for many graphic designers.

    • Specialist Graphic Communication Practices (EXEC2015)

      This module allows learners to explore and conceptualise their chosen specialist discipline(s) through negotiated projects. This module focuses on students¿ individual professional practice as well as transferable skills. It will promote their skills in time management, critical reflection, and self-evaluation. This module builds on previous experience and leads to the FMP.

    • Progression and Professional Practice (EXEC2016)

      This module prepares students for progression to a third year of study or for further professional career development. Through practical project work and self-negotiated assignments they will consider and consolidate their personal direction. Through consultation with the tutor they will resolve specific tasks, research and objectives as determined by their interests and aspirations.

    • Final Major Project (EXEC2027)

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

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 admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Our partnership with Exeter College
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Exeter College

We’re proud of our awards – and you can be proud of your education with us. In 2012 we were recognised as the leading further education college in the country after winning two Times Educational Supplement FE Awards.

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