City of Bristol College

FdA Graphic Design with Interactive Multimedia

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • GDMM101 Visual Language and Culture

      Students will investigate the cultural and ethical issues that inform contemporary art and design. Students will be introduced to the practice of research to develop a theoretical and critical awareness of visual language that will inform their own work, through experimentation with both traditional and digital art and design processes.

    • GDMM102 Graphic Design Principles

      This module aims to develop learners¿ knowledge, understanding and skills in graphic communication and typography, through studio-based assignments. The contemporary context of Graphic Design will be investigated.

    • GDMM106 Developing Graphic Concepts

      Students will be required to generate and develop ideas to fulfil complex graphic communication objectives involving commercial constraints. This will involve adapting ideas to a range of different applications and working with others to develop ideas. Concepts will be developed for a professional presentation.

    • GDMM107 Editorial Design

      This module will give students the fundamental principles of handling text material, using appropriate skills to complement and inform digital editorial design. Students will explore ideas in structuring and presenting text and imagery to produce solutions which communicate effectively in a range of editorial design contexts.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • GDMM103 Multimedia Principles

      This module aims to introduce learners to the potential of multimedia and to widen appreciation of the genre for communication purposes. Learners will use and produce multimedia products. The importance of the design process in the creation of multimedia applications will be highlighted.

    • GDMM108 Typography

      This module will extend the understanding of typographic design by addressing the relationship between design, communication and meaning, in both traditional and contemporary practice. It will also focus on the relationship between typographic form, style, legibility and the requirements of display and text applications.

    • GDMM201 Visual Culture

      This module explores issues and concepts that emerge from contemporary art and design through lectures, tutorials and individual research to encourage debate and analysis. It provides opportunities for learners to evaluate these references in the context of their specialism and engage with a range of methodologies.

    Optional modules
    • GDMM203 Advertising

      This module deals with the communication problems set by the production of advertising materials. Students will gain an insight into the strategies of advertising campaigns, the role of copywriting and market research.

    • GDMM208 3D Animation

      This module provides the opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the principles and practical applications of 3D modelling and animation on screen. It will give students a working knowledge of 3D computer modelling and animation software. It will provide opportunities to review the work of 3D computer artists.

  • Final year
  • Optional modules
    • COBC2110 Professional Brief

    • GDMM202 Branding and Packaging

      Packaging is used as a starting point for gaining knowledge and confidence in producing 3D graphic and branding concepts. The module encourages learners to experiment with ideas, images, materials, technology and typography while still considering practical, cosmetic and environmental issues to ensure effective design and branding solutions.

    • GDMM204 Corporate Identity

      In this module students acquire and develop the necessary skills to create a functional corporate identity through an understanding of the relevant historical origins, philosophy and contexts. Students gain practical experience in creating and applying effective solutions through logotypes, symbols and methods of presenting the corporate message.

    • GDMM205 Information Design (E)

      This module requires students to explore the capacity of visual imagery to transcend linguistic and cultural barriers. Students will study the use of style, genre, cultural codes and the examination of time and sequence.

    • GDMM207 Digital Imagery (E)

      This module gives opportunities for students to capture, digitise, manipulate and create images to produce high quality graphics and interfaces for use in multimedia applications, video, animations and internet applications. At this stage of the programme students will be expected to be experimental and critically review and evaluate the work of contemporary digital artists.

    • GDMM209 Video and Audio Post-production

      This module gives students the opportunity to gain knowledge of digital post-production with particular emphasis on professional practice. It develops students' knowledge of the specific technical and professional skills required for students wishing to specialise in digital video editing and digital sound.

    • GDMM212 Dynamic Web Authoring (E)

      This module provides the opportunity for learners to acquire the knowledge, understanding and the necessary skills to create dynamic Web sites. This may involve the use of such technologies such as Java, XML, CSS, Flash, PHP and MySQL databases to create dynamic content and content management systems.

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 City of Bristol 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 City of Bristol College

One of the largest colleges in the UK, we offer the widest range of career-focused, higher education courses in the area. With most of our courses based in our dedicated University Centre, you’ll enjoy expert tuition and a supportive learning environment.

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