This well-established and creative programme is aimed at individuals who would like to develop a detailed understanding of Graphic Design and Advertising through real assignment-based projects. Offering full tutor contact working in a nurturing studio based environment you will connect with tutors, guest speakers, industry practitioners and companies.
This course is 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. 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. Established industry connections include digital and branding agencies Amaze, Ahoy and Studio North and live clients have included projects with Mercedes, BBC and Manchester Literature Festival Comedy Slam Champion Tony Walsh. Placements include: True North, Purpose, BBC, RingSpun, Winning Pitch, Media Com, The Media Centre, Belly Button Designs, The Fashion Network, Design By Day, Sharp Futures.
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: 64 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.
How will I be assessed?
Ongoing Feedback - you will be assessed in an ongoing manner and give feedback on a one-to-one basses through weekly studio teaching and critiques. The course offers full tutor contact hours and your feedback will come from tutors in group critiques (or one-to-one sessions) with guest speakers and / or industry practitioners and companies.
Final Module Assessment – your project success will be assessed through the final pieces you submit for each project, for example:
- Online pieces
- Written Documents
- Pitches and presentations.
You will be enrolled as an external student with Manchester Metropolitan University.
Continuing Your Journey
Students may choose to progress to either a BA (Hons) Creative Media and Visual Communication (top-up) or BA (Hons) Creative Media Practice and Enterprise (top-up) at the Manchester College or a top-up degree at another institution.Careers page
Routes from this course can be traditional and entrepreneurial, as we encouraged and push learners to be proactive with our outstanding contextual curriculum.
- One student has set up the first graffiti spray paint shop in Manchester
- One student got a job by putting his CV on the door of a helicopter
- One student set up her on online crafts website and is now a member of the Manchester Crafts Mafia.
But most students take a more traditional route gaining placements and traditional junior roles. Examples of placements and carriers include:
True North, Purpose, Ahoy, Amaze, Design By Day, BDP, BBC, RingSpun, Winning Pitch, Media Com, The Media Centre, Belly Button Designs, The Fashion Network, Sharp Futures, Degree 53, Brickweb
Junior - £16,000 - £25,000.
Fees, Finance & Funding
Tuition fees and funding can be a little confusing, which is why we’ve put together a dedicated finance page to help you understand all your options. You may be eligible for special bursaries, grants or support from the government, and you can also find out about specific loans and funding help just for tuition fees.Fees, finance and funding page
Equipment list £150-£200
Creative Cloud £16 p/m (equipped on site)
Printing 1st yr £150 - 2nd yr £250
Optional trip £300
Got a question?
Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.Make an enquiry
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