Ellie Atkinson, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, UCA Farnham

Studio Practice (Graphic Design) (top-up) BA (Hons)

Studio Practice (Graphic Design) (top-up) BA (Hons)

Farnham 1 year full-time

Course overview

Our new Studio Practice top-up course in Graphic Design at UCA Farnham will give you the chance to gain all the skills you need to progress to postgraduate study in the UK.

Designed for international students, the course is aligned with Year 3 of BA (Hons) Graphic Design, so you can progress to a Master's degree in a streamlined way.

You'll get right into the action from the start, undertaking research and practical projects, working on collaborative activities and building your skills, knowledge and confidence. 

Equivalent to the final year of an undergraduate degree, this course enables you to build upon an existing qualification such as a foundation degree or an HND.

UCAS Code for 1 year/standard: W403

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Course details

Course details

The content of the course may be subject to change. Curriculum content is provided as a guide.

In your final year, you’ll begin to develop your practice and you’ll produce your final major project, bringing together your career aspirations and practical work.

Professional Practice
You'll explore in greater depth the working world of the professional designer and creative practitioner; its primary aim is to help you prepare for graduation and to give you the opportunity to research the world of current graphic design practice in a range of related industries and areas and its associated career paths.

Contextual Research and Critical Reflection
This unit is for you to conceive, develop and construct an individually meaningful portfolio of contextual research that informs, augments and reflects upon practice towards the provision of structured narratives that critically engage with a range of contextual and theoretical frameworks. This will serve to support the positioning of your individual practice in relation to the present, historical, theoretical or critical concerns of your subject area.

Final Major Project
This will give you the opportunity to demonstrate the fluency of your design and communication skills, and to examine a subject or theme in depth through a self-determined and challenging assignment. Your final major project will benefit from your increased understanding of theoretical issues – how these inform and contextualise your practical work, your research skills and your creative/strategic design abilities.

Tuition fees - 2023 entry

UK students:

  • BA (top-up) course - £9,250

EU students:

  • BA (top-up) course - £9,250 (see fee discount information)

International students:

  • BA (top-up) course - £16,950

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees there may be other costs for your course. The things that you are likely to need to budget for to get the most out of a creative arts education will include books, printing costs, occasional or optional study trips and/or project materials. These costs will vary according to the nature of your project work and the individual choices that you make. Please see the Additional Course Costs section of your Course Information for details of the costs you may incur.

Further information
For more detailed information about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to please see our fees and finance pages.

The fees listed here are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.


This course has dedicated graphics studios that offer spaces for group tutorials and personal working. There are on-campus digital media suites with Macs and PCs running latest programmes for film editing, as well as general design work. There are open-access printmaking studios with screen printing and letterpress facilities, 3D printers and bookbinding equipment. There is also a modern library that stocks a wealth of books, journals, special collections and online resources.

Graphics studios, UCA Farnham

Print studios, UCA Farnham

Digital Media suite, UCA Farnham

Library, UCA Farnham

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

  • 240 credits from a relevant degree (120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5), with a minimum of 55% overall
  • Foundation Degree in a relevant subject
  • Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject

Other relevant and equivalent UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. If you require a visa to study in the UK, you will also need a minimum score of 5.5 in each individual component.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?
You may be able to enter the course through the following entry pathways:

For this course, we may need to see your portfolio for review. We’ll invite you to attend an Applicant Day so you can have your portfolio review in person, meet the course team and learn more about your course. If you would prefer to upload a portfolio digitally, there is also the option to submit it online via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information will be provided once you have applied.

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