- What is a Foundation Degree?
- Who is the FdA Web Design course suitable for?
- When does the course start?
- Why choose the FdA Web Design course?
- What is the content of the course?
- How is the course taught and assessed?
- What's the timetable?
- Where is the course based?
- How much does the course cost?
- What options are available after the course has finished?
- How to apply for the course
What is a Foundation Degree?
A Foundation Degree is an employment-focused Higher Education [HE] qualification, equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree. It’s different from other higher level qualifications because it prepares you with work-related skills for a specific career path. ‘FdA’ stands for Foundation Degree [of] Arts.
Who is the FdA Web Design course suitable for?
Our students come from many different backgrounds. You may have studied A Levels or an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma; you may be an adult wanting to re-train so you can start a new career; or you may be an industry professional wanting to up-skill, or to gain a formal qualification for the experience you already have. Ideally you would have a creative or technical background, and share our enthusiasm and curiosity for the potential of web and graphic design.
When does the course start?
In September of each year. Our next entry is 2017 and applications are now open.
Why choose the FdA Web Design course?
FdA Web Design has an unparalleled reputation for creating employable graduates for the Creative, Digital & IT [CDIT] Industries. We have a 100% employability record in the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education [DLHE] Survey: 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015. We think that’s important because the majority of our applicants want a job when they leave the course.
University Centre at Wakefield College has many advantages over a traditional university setting. Our course fees are significantly lower and you’ll achieve your qualification in less time: two years, rather than three. The National Student Survey confirms that University Centre at Wakefield College provides an outstanding learning environment for its Higher Education students.
Our group sizes are relatively small compared to universities, so we’ve able to provide substantial levels of individual support which will accelerate you towards your career or education goals. And with seventeen years of experience delivering web design qualifications, we know what we’re doing. All in all, we’re confident that we provide a more current, higher quality, web design qualification than most.
What is the content of the course?
FdA Web Design develops your ability to design AND build websites. We offer creative and technical modules in equal measure to prepare you to make an immediate impact in the Creative, Digital & IT Industries. The skills you learn open up a wide variety of career options: web designer, web developer, front-end developer, graphic designer, digital marketer or software developer. Some of our graduates also go on to set up their own businesses.
Employability is a central theme of Foundation Degrees and during the second year of the course you’ll work on a variety of client projects in our ‘Digital Agency’ – a unique way of providing you real commercial experience, honing your skills working for real clients.
We have excellent links with local Creative, Digital & IT professionals, and work closely with them to ensure there’s a high degree of industrial relevance to the course.
First Year [Level 4] Modules
- Digital Imaging
- Employability for Web Design 1
- Web Development 1
- Web Pre-production
- Work in Context 1
Second Year [Level 5] Modules
- Commercial Web Projects
- Corporate & Brand Identity
- Design for Print
- Employability for Web Design 2
- Web Development 2
- Work in Context 2
How is the course taught and assessed?
The course is built around a series of modules that encourage you to investigate the processes and skills of web design and development, and wider digital media production. You’ll develop the knowledge to complete these modules through a mixture of lecture, workshop, seminar and self-study activities. Your progress is monitored in a variety of ways: on a daily basis through workshop activities; weekly through seminar sessions; a formative feedback tutorial; and then formally assessed at the end of each semester.
Over two years you will build a grade profile that determines your final level of achievement on the course. Successful completion will earn you 240 CATS points.
What's the timetable?
We study for two consecutive, full days a week: Monday and Tuesday in the first year; Wednesday and Thursday in the second year. The timetable has been designed to minimise your travelling; maximise your time whilst at the University Centre; and to recreate a professional studio environment. As you would expect, a substantial amount of self study is also essential, which can be undertaken either at the University Centre; at home; or a combination of both.
Where is the course based?
We’re at University Centre’s Wakefield City Campus. From 2017, you’ll study in our brand new £7M Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre [ASIC].
How much does the course cost?
The latest course fee information is available on Wakefield College’s Higher Education website. There are no up-front fees and it’s normal to apply for a Student Loan to cover the costs. Information on loan repayments is available on GOV.UK. Depending on your circumstances, you may alternatively be eligible for a Professional & Career Development Loan.
What options are available after the course has finished?
The majority of our graduates seek employment. Our website footer includes an ever-growing list of alumni and where they now work. Alternatively, successful completion of the course can lead to a top-up on a BA or BSc Honours Degree at a suitable university.
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