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
    • EXEC1020 Techniques and Materials

      This module provides the opportunity to investigate a range of materials and processes and offers instruction in their safe and appropriate handling. This will include workshops in computer programmes including Photoshop, In Design and Illustrator as well as Digital Photography and Video.

    • EXEC1021 Graphic Communication in Context

      This module will introduce students to debates, issues and theories in contemporary graphic design. By examining the development of design and its place in history and society it will place contemporary practices in context. By introducing basic skills of investigation and analysis, it underpins and engages with theoretical and practical aspects of this programme.

    • EXEC1028 Introduction to Typography

      This module will introduce the students to basic design aspects of letterforms including an understanding of the structural elements, e.g. x-heights, kerning and leading. They will also explore the application of type style, format, layout, scale, surface, colour and presentation to communicate ideas and inform the audience.

    • EXEC1029 Design Communication

      This module will introduce the students to the concept of methodology in order to provide a flexible framework and process that will help to direct their design activity. They will be introduced to the application of lateral thinking and design processes in order to generate effective problem solving and creative ideas.

    • EXEC1033 Application & Realisation of Design

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • EXEC1019 Interpretation and Visualisation

      This module requires students to use their graphic communication skills in typography and methodology in order to produce creative and personal solutions to the problems set by a typography design brief.

    • EXEC1022 Text and Image

      In this module the students will be introduced to the concept of combining text with image. Aspects such as image selection, image manipulation, use of digital photography, use of appropriate typefaces, balance, scale, layout, format and presentation will be combined with visual interpretation, visual impact, visual clarity, communication and realisation of ideas.

    • EXEC2014 Exploring Digital Applications

      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.

    • EXEC2016 Progression and Professional Practice

      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 year
  • Core modules
    • EXEC2013 Advanced Design Practices

      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.

    • EXEC2015 Specialist Graphic Communication Practices

      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.

    • EXEC2027 Final Major Project

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.

Fees, costs and funding

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

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/study-guide/progression-to-honours-degree

Our partnership with Exeter College

Plymouth University 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 Plymouth University. 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 Partners 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. 

Studying with Exeter College

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