To break into the competitive but rewarding graphic design industry, you’ll need an exciting portfolio, excellent subject knowledge, the skills to use the latest equipment and technology used in the profession – and your own unique flair in creatively solving communication problems. And our hands-on course, designed to take you to your creative limits, will enable you to do all of this to step smoothly and successfully into your career as a professional designer. Our foundation course includes a year of introduction to the fundamentals of design, looking at where ideas come from and how to develop them. We will show you how to question and re-evaluate your designs, testing alternative solutions to produce the best end result. **Why Choose University of Cumbria** Our aim is to give you the professional experience of being a graphic designer before you even graduate. So, you’ll take on real-world, innovative project briefs, done in profession-expected timescales, and with a minimum of 25 in total, you’ll compile an impressive portfolio. - Small classes mean we get to know you well and provide detailed, personal feedback throughout your studies - 80% of your studies will be practical, so you’re not just learning, you’re doing graphic design - You have access to all our workshop facilities including print-making, 3D printing, laser- cutting and animation suites - You’ll be working in a huge, modern and professionally-equipped studio space - Use the latest technology and software that you’ll use in the real world: Adobe Creative Cloud - All tutors are experts in graphic design, magazine design, illustration and typography - Our excellent industry links give you good networking opportunities, boosting your job prospects - You’ll complete a wide variety of projects so you can find and then focus on your specialities - Your studies take place in our dedicated arts campus - You’ll get practical demonstrations, visits and feedback from professional designers You’ll learn the basic skills from idea visualisation to up-to-date multi-media practice on our dynamic course, allowing you to produce exciting designs across a wide range of traditional and digital media. We’ll help you to build a portfolio to wow future employers, along with the confidence and creative skills necessary to stand out from the crowd as a professional designer when applying for a job.