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.

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Reasons to study Graphic Design and e-Media:

Throughout the two years full-time and three years part-time of the course both traditional graphic design techniques as well as the new and emerging technologies are taught, allowing students to successfully complete briefs in order to build a portfolio that showcases their 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.

You will graduate with a high-level of creative and professional skills, derived from a curriculum that places its emphasis on an individual's capability for creative and independent thought, and 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 Creare, a web design and development company, and design studio, Dale Studios
  • On completion of this course you could progress to a full honours degree; Graphic Design 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.


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Graphic Design BA (Hons)

Graphic Design (Illustration) BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Location: Leicester College

UCAS course code: P578

Duration: Two years full-time, Three years part-time 

Fees and funding: UK/EU: £6,165

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: Leicester College

UCAS course code: P578

Duration: Two years full-time, Three years part-time 

Fees and funding: Please contact Leicester College for details.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

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: No

Interview Required: No
We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

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.

UCAS Tariff changes

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


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






First year:

Contemporary Graphic design

Creative Applications and Digital Media

Principles of Graphic Design

Introduction to Web Design

Introduction to Multimedia


Second year:

Professional Creative Industries 1

Multimedia in the 21st Century

Advanced Web and Multimedia Design

Advanced Graphic Design


Third year:

Professional Creative Industries 2

Cross Media and Cultural Communications

Teaching takes place outside standard college teaching hours wherever possible, making this course ideal for those in full-time employment. The course has a firm basis in design history and skill application, with option pathways in graphics and e-media.

Both full-time and part-time routes focus on the skills and knowledge required for a successful career in this dynamic sector. The second year for full-time and third year part-time 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 current home of De Montfort Students' Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.

The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, on the ground floor is a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.

A staircase in the centre of the building leads up to the first floor, where the DSU officer team has new offices. 

Library and Learning Zones

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Our Learning Zones and the 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


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).



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.



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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