Visual Communication - FdA (Full-Time)

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Art and Design

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time


The Foundation Degree in Visual Communication builds upon the School of Creative and Digital Industries’ rich heritage and global reputation for creative education, and is renowned for its fast paced, industry-ready approach. This diverse and vibrant course is aimed at those wanting to pursue a career within the creative design & communications industry whether as a, Graphic Designer, Advertising Creative, Web and App Designer, Front End Developer and anything else between. The programme curriculum aims to address the diverse and dynamic nature of the creative industries in the digital age, while embedding traditional design values, specialist technical skills and technologies underpinned by conceptual thinking, critical analysis and creative problem solving. The programme is innovative and flexible and places a strong emphasis on current design agency practices. Our inclusive working environment has a creative agency feel, where you are encouraged to be innovative and to take risks, to integrate practice and theory and work both individually and collaboratively. The course is future facing and will provide you with an opportunity to take a hands-on approach, exploring the latest trends and emerging technologies in Digital Design and Communication by working on live industry briefs and also prestigious competitions. During your first year you will explore the core principles of Creative Advertising, Graphic Communication & Digital Design through a series of collaborative briefs, this is followed by a fast paced second year where students are able to specialise in one of these three pathways enabling you to develop a style while working on a personal portfolios.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will be given the opportunity to undertake a variety of industry linked projects and live briefs with employers giving you valuable experience of working as a practitioner within the visual communication industries. 

Who the course is for

This programme is for people who intend to pursue a career in Graphic Design, Digital Design or Advertising. 

Qualification Gained

 If you successfully complete the course you will gain a Foundation Degree (FdA) Visual Communication awarded by Newcastle College. 

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Applications received for Art and Design and Digital Arts courses will require an interview and portfolio check.

Course Content

Professional Development or Recognition of Prior Learning, Academic Study Skills, Work Related Learning, Principles, Processes & Practices of Visual Communication, Principles, Processes & Practices of Marketing Communication, Creative coding , Interface Design/Editorial Design, User Experience Design, New media and digital art.

Professional Development, Academic Study Skills, Work Based Learning, Branding and marketing design , Design for Advertising , Cross Platform Editorial Design , Design for Interaction, App Design, Advanced Front End Content Management Sytems Development, Graphic Communication in the Professional Context, Digital Design in the Professional Context.

Learning Methods

You’ll produce a portfolio of work, evidencing the modules of the qualification, which is assessed and moderated as the course progresses. A range of practical and theoretical activities will determine your final grades. Practical and technical skills modules are delivered in our industry-standard digital resource centres and creative studios across the College campus. You’ll be supported through lectures and seminars as well as our online learning environment.

Assessment Methods

 You will put together a portfolio of practical and written work evidencing the modules of the qualification, which is assessed and moderated as the course progresses. 

Progression Opportunities

You may wish to take advantage of arrangements for progression to the BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise (Top-up).

Career Opportunities

 We can help you prepare a portfolio that may secure your first job as a graphic or Digital designer, or work within advertising. Our graduates work in some of the best creative studios in the UK. 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Pass in Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) .
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or the nationally recognised equivalent.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

You will be expected to provide your own materials and you may find that your own laptop is helpful. 

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.