Graphic Design & Illustration - Foundation Diploma

The Level 4 Graphic Design and Illustration Foundation Studies programme will allow you to stretch and challenge your existing knowledge to a higher, more professional standard. Looking at key areas such as Visual communication, illustration, advertising, branding & packaging Adobe software skills, self-promotion, typography & editorial, photography and much more. There is a big emphasis on live briefs and working with employers to get you used to functioning within real world circumstances.

You’ll be working in a studio of like-minded creative with access to industry standard software and hardware such as Adobe CC Suite, large format printers, photography studios (both digital and non-digital), 3D studios, Screen-printing studios, 3D printers, laser-cutter, Mac based studios and a large open plan workspace for independent study.

Our Study Programme includes opportunities for you to develop your English and Maths skills as required. You may be expected to complete either functional skills or GCSE qualifications as part of your course depending on your GCSE results.

Entry requirements

Level 3 Extended National Diploma or
3 A-Levels A-C

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:
• UAL Extended Diploma
• BTEC/National Diploma
• International Baccalaureate
• Advanced & Progression Diplomas
Access courses

Plus: GCSE English language & Math’s with a minimum of grade C or recognised equivalent are required

Students over 21:

If you do not have the above UCAS for GCSE requirements but have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered.

Progression / Careers


Graphic Designer

Creative Professional


Tuition Fees:
16-18 - free
19+ Advanced Learning Loan - £TBA

Exam and Registration Fees (payable by all aged 19 and over): £175
Material Fee - £150

This course may also attract additional costs, for example, kit, uniform or books, that all students will be required to pay. Please contact the College for further details.

Modes of assessment

Continuous assessment within projects across 7 units of work concluding with an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction. Self and peer assessment within formal critiques and presentations of work.