Graphic Design and Advertising Courses Manchester | Creative and Digital Media | Training

Graphic Design and Advertising

Qualification type: Foundation Degree (FdA) Location:
Subject area: Level: 5
Leaflet Number: 6221 Course Code: CR23010-01
Validated by: UCAS Code: WN2M
Academic year: 15/16 Course status: Running

UCAS applications

Applications for full-time higher education courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website at

Institution code is M10 and course code is WN2M.

Call our Course Enquiry Team on 0800 068 8585 for further details.

Qualification type: 
Foundation Degree (FdA)
Subject area: 
Creative and Digital Media
Fielden Campus

What's the Graphic Design and Advertising course about?

"Subject to Validation "

This well-established and creative programme is aimed at individuals who would like to develop a detailed understanding of print in Graphic Design and Advertising through assignment-based projects. Well suited to students progressing from National Diplomas or A-Levels, strong emphasis is placed on typography and composition (within Graphics) and development of creative ideas (within Advertising) and the relationship between the two. The tutors have industry experience and contacts bringing live briefs and real clients for students to create work for. A series of guest lectures show current work and discuss their career paths in the industry.

Through practical projects, students develop specialist skills in conceptual thinking, critical analysis, idea generation and creative problem solving whilst studying the history of creativity to inform their own work. A grounding in design theory, creative problem solving and application skills is followed by a second year providing national Design and Advertising competition briefs such as D&AD, YCN, ISTD and MPA Roses allowing students to focus on design or advertising.

The college's strong links with industry gives students an opportunity to setup work placements upon graduation, students are also required to stage a final exhibition of their work at the End of Year show.

The Manchester College's average tuition fees are lower than many universities

Subjects covered include:
- Typography
- Design theory
- Advertising techniques
- Branding principles
- Creative thinking & problem solving
- Idea Generation
- Press applications skills & artwork
- Contextual studies

- Commercial briefs pitching & client facing
- Presentation techniques
- Industry contact building
- Planning work
- Application of appropriate message
- Layout
- Composition
- Image use
- Typography

Assessment is a blend of practical work and written assignments. Students are also assessed through group assessment, ongoing formative feedback, class presentations and end product summative assessment.

What will I be able to do after I've completed this course?

Students will be equipped to work directly in the Graphic Design industry. Successful graduates will also be equipped to apply for a top-up BA (Hons) in Graphics or Advertising, both at The Manchester College or a University.

All students following a successful study period will be able to fulfil a placement / employed role of junior designer / advertiser within the industry. Students should be aware that many companies now ask for placement experience first, which may require time proving yourself before becoming a full time employee. Opportunities within the course give students the chance to set-up placements upon graduation to begin this process.

What qualifications or experience do I need to do this course?

Applicants are required to have an A Level, a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/Extended Diploma with Merit, Pass, Pass or a BTEC Level 3 National Certificate/Extended Certificate with Merit, Merit in an art/design related subject area, or an equivalent level 3 qualification with appropriate content. Minimum UCAS tariff points required: 160. Qualifications should be accompanied by a portfolio of creative work.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity may also apply.


Full time

From/to dates

Mon, 21/09/2015

Course length

2 Year(s)

Weeks per year


Hours per week


As the definition of full time and part time can vary from course to course, please check with the tutor as to the exact number of hours study each week this course will entail.

How much will the course cost me?

For information on HE course fees, please contact our Course Enquiry Team on 0161 203 2100.

How do I apply?

All full-time applications from students in the UK and from overseas should be made using the online application system on the UCAS website

Please note, the course information on this website is provided as a reference guide only and is subject to change. It is therefore important that you check all course details, including location, timetable, fee, etc, at enrolment as the college operates a no refund policy.