I’m based in the UK and soon finishing a HND (which would be an Associate diploma in the US – usually equivalent to two years in university) in Graphic Design. I would ideally like to save up money and apply to finish my degree at UWE in Bristol, because they offer a part-time variable (and I need to work) and their design course is quite solid, practice-oriented and seems to be well-regarded. I’d have to save up at least 10K, though, and move to Bristol from across the country. Locally, I have a much more affordable degree option called “Creative Imaging” and accredited by LJM University. Obviously, I would much rather go to UWE, but I wonder if anyone here could advise on whether or not the community college seems even worth consideration (I don’t care AS MUCH about prestige, as what I actually would learn and how it is likely to improve my portfolio/design acumen). Here is the description of the course (I will go to an open day too):
” This course supports diverse studies in graphic design, moving image, printmaking, photography and aspects of fine and applied art. The course offers a programme of study which responds flexibly to the requirements of the creative industries by evaluating, reviewing and updating course content and its relationship with the market place. You will be required to research in detail aspects of advertising, digital imaging, contemporary practice and real life design problems.
The programme is a vocationally-orientated course, which will consolidate existing knowledge and prepare students for a variety of Creative Imaging associated practice. The course aims to ensure that the student achieves the academic and practitioner standards as laid out in the QAA Benchmark Statements relevant to Art and Design.
The course team have a vast amount of experience not only in the delivery of the course but in their professional field. Lecturers are current practitioners in fine art, photography, graphic design, dissertation writing and business.
The course is offered on an part-time basis delivered on a Monday. With 8 hours in-college learning delivered in one day each week, with approximately 240 hours of student contact per year. You will also be required to complete up to 5 hours of home study each week.
All modules on the course are rated at honours level.
Applicants must have:
a) A minimum of 96 UCAS points
b) HND pass at Merit level in a Creative area subject which may include Graphic Design, Fine Art, Illustration, Photography or Media
c) Submission of a portfolio
d) Interview is required
e) GCSE Maths grade C or Essential Skills L2
f) GCSE English Language grade C or Essential Skills L2
There are two theoretical modules; business planning and the self-directed dissertation. The other modules are practical based assessment.
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).
On successful completion of this course you may progress to study at postgraduate level. Alternatively you may go into employment in the creative industries, print-based graphic design, motion graphics, freelance illustration, fine and applied art or interactive design for the internet.”
Thanks very much for any input! 🙂