Art Enterprise (Graphic Design and Illustration) - Foundation Degree

Art Enterprise (Graphic Design and Illustration) - Foundation Degree

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This course validated by The Open University.


The Foundation Degree in Art Enterprise (Graphic and Illustration) develops your graphics and illustration techniques and visual communication whilst equipping you with the specific employability skills to help you to get ahead and become a successful graphic designer / illustrator. You will undertake a range of client briefs and personal design projects to communicate with an audience, developing your critical awareness and visual language. 

The course has excellent links to the creative industry and you will be using these from the outset by creating public exhibitions, working with artists and designers, gallerists and curators: selling your work, promoting yourself, visiting exhibitions, interviewing practitioners and organisations, and developing media campaigns.

We welcome applications from individuals who have studied Art, Graphics, Illustration, Print, Digital and Photography.

The Art Enterprise (Graphic Design and Illustration) Foundation Degree will be relocating to the new state-of-the-art Quarry Hill Campus for September 2019, where students will be right at the heart of Leeds' creative community.

There is an emphasis towards practical workshop learning, which underpin both context and industry relevant topics. The lecture programme will impart the necessary principles and concepts. Group work will allow students to develop their research, communication and teamwork skills. The seminars will be a mixture of student and tutor led sessions considering practical examples of the principles and concepts. Tutor and peer led reflective feedback form the basis of student learning programmes.


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Curator Space

The Gallery at One Six Four

Duration 2 years
Study mode Full time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus Quarry Hill Campus
Course code 72639-10
Fee £7,250 Full Time (per academic year)

What you learn

Modules may include the following:

Year 1 - Level 4 modules:

  • Graphic Design & Illustration Practice 1 
  • The Creative Entrepreneur     
  • Graphics & Illustration 101     
  • Realisation Skills                                      

Year 2 - Level 5 modules:

  • Graphic Design & Illustration Practice 1
  • The Creative Enterprise
  • Art & Commerce
  • Public Exhibition and Events
  • Art & Media

Benefits / Skills you will develop

  •          Creating practical work
  •          Developing your creative practice
  •          Design and Illustration skills development
  •          Entrepreneurial skills.
  •          Developing a professional network and industry links.
  •          Marketing and promotion.
  •          Critical thinking.
  •          Creative and technical skills appropriate to your practice.
  •          Mentoring by industry professionals.
  •          The opportunity to work collaboratively on ideas and creative projects.
  •          To gain experience working on live work-based projects.
  •          Understanding the mechanics of the creative industry

How you will be assessed

At level 4 and 5 assessment is through a variety of forms linked to industry standards and professional practice which can include the production of a portfolio of practical work, diarised logs, pitches, presentations, delivery of workshops and written essays.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

Quarry Hill Campus.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would normally be made up of appropriate level 3 qualifications, such as full A levels or BTEC L3 Diploma. This could be translated as 2 x D at A level, or a Merit profile in a relevant BTEC National Diploma/Certificate, together with 5 of GCSE grades at C or above including English (Maths isn’t required). However, factors such as previous experience and performance at interview can support the application.

We welcome applications from mature candidates who may not have met the academic criteria, but can demonstrate experience in their chosen field of art practice. Candidates in this category and otherwise are will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application. In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity.  The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages will need to possess an IELTS band score of 6.0 (with no-less than 5.5 in any one element) or a recognised English Level 2 qualification.

All students are to present a portfolio and supporting academic text. This is undertaken during an interview or correspondence for distance applicants.

Students on the course will be expected to experience work related learning as part of the programme of study. Notional hours of approximately 30 hours will be logged through a WRL blog.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs associated with the practical elements of this programme, which may include:

  • Art materials
  • Printing
  • Framing and display of work
  • Optional trips and visits

These costs will be led by the nature of the work that you produce, however you will be expected to meet the costs of production of your projects.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is 8N65 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's next

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students may wish to apply for a top up year to achieve a full BA (Hons) degree either at Leeds City College (subject to validation) or with another institution.

Alternatively, following graduation for the Foundation Degree students may also wish to go on to a career in graphics or illustration such as; employment with a company or agency, freelance work, creative director, advertising art director, layout designer, animator or printmaker.


Campus Locations

Quarry Hill Campus

Playhouse Square
West Yorkshire
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.9 MilesWebsite

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