Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Part Time

  • Higher
1 September 20193 yearsLouise Downer

Validated by University of Chichester – delivered at The Isle of Wight College.

Please note that this course was previously known as FdA graphic Design.

This course is validated by University of Chichester and will be wholly delivered at The Isle of Wight College. Successful applicants will become students of both institutions. Levels 4 and 5 will be studied; equivalent to the first two years of a full degree course (240 credits), with an opportunity to complete a full BA (Hons) at an appropriate university.

Please use the application process in order to register an interest in this new and exciting course and you will receive updates on developments and will be contacted regarding acceptance and entry to the course.


This three year part-time FD Graphic And Media Digital Design is an exciting new programme developed for those passionate about graphic and digital media product development and keen to follow a career in the digital media and design based industries. It will enable response to the challenges of a dynamic and rapidly changing industry and emphasises industrial relevance through live practical projects and work based learning as the core of the programme.  Attendance will be on one evening a week with workshop support sessions in the late afternoon of the same day. There will be an expectation of self-study and research outside of the timetable sessions,

Students will be introduced to key graphic design ideas, technical knowledge and skills via design problems and projects through formal class sessions, tutorials, demonstrations, project research and peer critiques. Creativity and skills remain core elements. In particular, the programme encourages the integration of a variety of digital graphic design activities: commercial, experimental and multimedia.


  • You will need to demonstrate a strong interest in Digital Media and Graphic Design
  • Appropriate level 3 qualifications e.g. minimum of one subject at A2 or non A-level qualifications such as BTEC National Diploma and Access Courses.
  • Applications from mature candidates (over age 21) whose experience will have prepared them to succeed in this degree will be welcomed. Admission to the programme is open to those who may not have formal qualifications, but can demonstrate the potential to benefit from the programme and complete it successfully. Applicants without the standard qualifications may be subject to interview and possible portfolio viewing.


The Foundation Degree in Graphic and Media Digital Design will provide a preparation for those who are aiming for employment within the design industry or to establish themselves as freelance graphic designers within the digital media industries. It is a practical programme providing experience of working to live client briefs in a realistic industry setting whilst developing graduate level skills of analysis and communication.

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree will be able to progress on to complete an appropriate BA(Hons) courses at a variety of universities. However, the course recognises and encourages the students who may wish to gain employment or freelance work directly from the course.


The course will include a mix of delivered sessions, workshops and self-study. The course will be predominately practical based but will include appropriate academic demands expected of a level 5 university course.

The course will be based in the School of Visual Arts with access to the dedicated Mac suite, TV studio and editing facilities. Work will be assessed through coursework submissions.

Modules will cover topic areas such as:

  • Professional practice and development
  • Ideas generation and visualisation
  • Web design and integrated media
  • Visual identity and branding
  • Interactive and mobile media
  • Contextual studies

The course will also support the development of the following skills and software competences

  • Adobe CC
  • Web creation
  • Animation
  • Contextual understanding


The course will commence in September 2019. Fees for 2019 entry are £2,600 (TBC). This annual fee may incur a small inflation linked rise for the subsequent years of study.. For information regarding assistance with fees; please refer to the government student finance site:


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