Graphic Design and e-Media Foundation Degree (FdA)

The Foundation Degree in Graphic Design and e-Media is designed to equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and creative understanding required to succeed within the Graphic Design and emerging media sectors of the 21st century.


By studying this course, you'll be taught both traditional graphic design techniques as well as those utilising new and emerging technologies. You will complete briefs in order to build a portfolio that showcases your ability and potential to gain employment in a variety of diverse and creative fields. Alternatively, you can progress to top up to a full BA (Hons) at DMU.

The course is made up of common elements which combine studio practice, contextual studies and subject-specific pathways in graphic design for print or e-media design.

You will graduate with creative and professional skills that have an emphasis on creative and independent thought. Many previous students have successfully gained employment in both the graphic design and online media sectors.

  • The course allows you to develop the necessary skills for multimedia formats including web and print, within traditional and e-media applications


  • Students of this course have gone onto jobs in new media sectors, including jobs at web design and development companies, and design studios locally and nationally.

  • On completion of this course you can progress to a full honours degree, Graphic Design BA (Hons) at DMU



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  • EU/International

Location: Leicester College

UCAS course code: P578

Duration: Two years full-time

Fees and funding: £6,165

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Location: Leicester College

UCAS course code: P578

Duration: Two years full-time

Fees and funding: Please contact Leicester College for details.

Entry criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 32 UCAS points from at least one A-level in an Art and Design subject or equivalent or
  • Art and Design BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at M or
  • Pass in the QAA Art and Design Access to HE. English GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points including Art and Design at higher level

Portfolio Required: Yes

Interview Required: Yes

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

UCAS tariff information

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Contextual offer 

To make sure you get fair and equal access to higher education, when looking at your application, we consider more than just your grades. So if you are eligible, you may receive a contextual offer. Find our more about contextual offers.



English language

If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is essential.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year:

 Contemporary Graphic Design

Creative Applications and Digital Media

Principles of Graphic Design

Introduction to Web Design

Introduction to Multimedia

Professional Creative Industries 1 

Second year:

Multimedia in the 21st Century

Advanced Web and Multimedia Design

Advanced Graphic Design

Professional Creative Industries 2

Cross Media and Cultural Communications


This is a full-time course which takes place at the Saint Margaret’s campus during the day.

The course has a firm basis in design history and skill application, with option pathways in graphics and e-media.


The course focuses on the skills and knowledge required for a successful career in this dynamic sector. The second year will demand more independent academic skills and engagement in professional media practice. Teaching is through lectures, tutorials, and studios.


Facilities and features


Leicester College

Every year, thousands of people from across Leicester and Leicestershire, as well as from overseas, choose to study with us. We pride ourselves on giving everyone an excellent experience, offering exceptional study and social facilities in the heart of Leicester. Our friendly and supportive staff are committed to putting your learning at the heart of everything we do. Close relationships with local and national companies ensure that the training we offer is tailored to meet the expectations of employers and to give you the skills you need to succeed in the jobs market. 

Campus Centre

The home of  De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team. 

Library and Learning Zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

Find the people who will open doors for you

DMU's award-winning careers service provides guaranteed work experience opportunities DMU Careers Team

Graduate Careers

Graduates find careers as graphic designers and e-media designers in the regional creative industries and with national companies. The course is supported by a wide range of design companies in graphics and new media design. Upon successful completion of the course, you can top-up to one of the Graphic Design undergraduate degrees at DMU. The courses on offer include Graphic Design BA (Hons) and Graphic Design (Illustration) BA (Hons).



Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich studies, broaden cultural horizons and develop key skills valued by employers. 

Through DMU Global, we offer an exciting mix of overseas, on-campus and online international experiences, including the opportunity to study or work abroad for up to a year.



Work-based placements are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience, and can often lead to your first graduate role.

They are the perfect means of discovering how your studies relate to the real world, and provide an opportunity to improve your confidence and make contacts to help you get ahead in the job market.

DMU’s dedicated Placements Teams can help you by providing access to hundreds of opportunities, giving one-to-one CV advice and interview preparation, and offering training sessions and support from a dedicated tutor.

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