Visual Communication - FdA (Full-Time)

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

Subject Area Art and Design

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W213


The Foundation Degree in Visual Communication 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 working environment has a creative agency feel, where you are encouraged to be innovative and to take risks.

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 which will allow you to develop a style while working on your own personal portfolios.

"95% of students agree the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt" - 2018 National Student Survey


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready 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


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

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

Year one:

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.

Year two:
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 - 64 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, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.