Graphic Design & Advertising

FdA - BA (Hons) Real Projects for Real Work Skills

The standard of craft, typographic sensibilities and visual literacy are higher than I would normally expect to see!

Jenna Gardner | External Examiner

Live Brief Experience

We work with industry to give you real world experiences in Digital & Print Design
"Very high quality work - industry standard" Jenna Gardner | External Examiner

Industry Engagement

We are proud of what our students achieve, please check out some of their latest achievements

What Our Students Say

AmazeRealise

Curriculum input, 1-2-1 teaching & projects delivered directly by AmazeRealise, ensuring you stay right up to date with digital design & advertising

Why Study on this Course

Up-To-Date Digitally

Digital Design is moving very quickly. AmazeRealise bring two decades of digital innovation providing direct input on practice and skills within the digital design & advertising field. They will support your learning, running skills workshops and studio visits in the second and third year ensuring you remain ahead of other graduates in this fast passed industry. 

Totally Print Savvy

Print is alive and well having found its place in the digital age. Designing and preparing for print is a specialist skill involving fluid use of multiple applications. We have nearly 60 years experience in this area and you will be encouraged to produce real print using real supplies, building relationship through industry visits to printers and design agencies.

100% Tutor Contact

Truly industry ready designers are born from excellent support and mentoring. We believe you should have greater access to tutors not less! Our classes involve direct learning in small groups and you will have 100% tutor contact during your timetabled curriculum. Whether up-skilling or returning to education we aim to directly support your creative growth in preparation for work.

4Designers Conference London

Yearly visit to the huge 4Designers conference in London with visits to major London Agencies and other Manchester based companies

What Industry Say

Curriculum Overview

1st Year

A grounding in Design & Communication Principles with a focus on Print Design.

• Design & Advertising communication principles
• Problem solving through research
• Specialist application skills in Print Design
• Idea generation & research skills
• Live projects client facing & pitching

2nd Year

Industry set live projects, identifying specialisms with a focus on Digital Design.

• Screen, Digital Design & Advertising specialist principles
• Personalisation of studies through Practice-Based Research
• Specialist application skills in Digital Design
• Industry briefing & pitching
• Placement Opportunities
• Introduction of Self-Directed studies

3rd Year (Top-Up)

Engage your creative talents and independent thinking, with a focus on Digital & Print Design.

• Self-Directed Study & specialist direction
• Autonomous studies & collaboration
• Holistic application skills in Digital & Print Design
• Industry consultation on cross media projects
• National Student Competitions
• Placement Opportunities

Specialist Equipment

Book Making | Digital Printing | Oversized Printing | Screen Printing | Tablets | Graphics Tablets

Apps You'll Learn

Illustrator | InDesign | Photoshop | After Effects | WordPress CMS | Sketch | Distiller

Destinations & Placements

Get In Touch, or Come & See Us

Visits
We welcome visits any time of the year. Please drop the course leader Alex Komlosy an email to provide at least two weeks notice or give us a call. 

Address
UCEN Manchester
Graphic Design & Advertising
Barlow Moor Rd, West Didsbury 
Manchester M20 2PQ

Contact
Reception. 0161 674 7401
Staff Room. 0161 674 7400 
Direct. 
0161 674 3190
AKomlosy@ucenmcr.tmc.ac.uk

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