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BA (HONS) GRAPHIC DESIGN (TOP-UP)


Awarded by University of Derby, UK

Full-time / Part-time
Overview

Why Study Graphic Design at DIMENSIONS?

DIMENSIONS’ Graphic Design programme has a proud record of upholding the highest educational standards that prepare our students for success in the workplace.

We continuously forge partnerships with reputable institutions known for their outstanding curriculum and faculty. Our pedagogical methods also enable students to gain comprehensive, 360-degrees knowledge of the theoretical and practical underpinnings of graphic design. As a result, they graduate ready for the workplace, equipped with the quantitative and qualitative skills they need to excel.

The University of Derby

The University of Derby has won the:

  • Higher Education University of the Year (National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Awards 2020.
  • University of the Year for Social Mobility (UK Social Mobility Awards 2020)

The University of Derby is a modern university with a proud history of teaching excellence, committed to delivering top quality education and opportunities for all its students. For the excellence in teaching by its exceptional faculty, the university has been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).

Beyond academics, the university prides itself on its inclusive community, where every individual is celebrated and given the resources they need to thrive.  As a result, the university has raised up scores of future-focused students who are bold and innovative, with diverse skill sets and experiences that add value to any organisation they join.

DIMENSIONS International College is a Franchise Partner of the University of Derby, UK for the above programme

Programme Introduction

The aim of the graphic design programme is to create passionate, creative, resourceful, entrepreneurial and adaptive problem-finders, who are prepared both technically and intellectually to embrace and exploit the opportunities that graphic design offers in the 21st Century.

Being a graphic designer is fun, stimulating and inspiring. Designers are creative problem-finders and solvers. You will be challenged to think differently, even professional designers are constantly developing their skills. There are always new trends, new technologies, new ideas, and new sources of inspiration – a creative mind never stops learning. It is more than just a job – it’s a way of life.

The course is studio based, practical, hands-on and creative. It offers you many different ways to make graphic design work as you explore the different contexts and formats in which graphic design is experienced. It allows you to decide what kind of designer you want to be. It will test and challenge you to expand your understanding and knowledge of what graphic design is, what it can do and what it is for.

The BA (Hons) Graphic Design (Top-up) Degree aims to create passionate, creative, resourceful, entrepreneurial, and adaptive graphic designers who have the technical and intellectual know-how to be global contributors who are at the top of their field.

Taught by a distinguished faculty through a studio-based, practical, and hands-on learning environment, students will gain in-depth exposure to all contexts, approaches, and processes of graphic design. As they develop the personal and professional qualities and skills they need for success, students will be given the autonomy to chart their own creative direction and decide what kind of designer they want to be.

For updated and accurate information on the University of Derby and the Graphic Design Programme, please visit their website at https://www.derby.ac.uk/

Course Structure

Course Structure

BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-Up) consists of 5 modules.

Modules

  • Graphic Design – Individual Investigation
  • Graphic Design – Live Studio
  • The Distinctive Voice (Graphic Design)
  • The Independent Design Agenda

Course Outline

Modules

  • Outline for Graphic Design – Individual Investigation
  • Outline for Graphic Design - Live Studio
  • Outline for The Distinctive Voice (Graphic Design)
  • Outline for The Independent Design Agenda

Scope of Study

Theories, case study analysis, essay, and proposal in the areas of graphic design

Delivery Mode

Lectures, tutorials, discussions and researches

Commencement Date/Intakes

To check the dates of Programme Intake for 2021, please click here.
DIMENSIONS reserves the right to change the intakes at any time without prior notice.

Course Fees

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Full-time

1. Application Fee (Non – refundable)

S$

500.00

2. Tuition Fee

S$

24,800.00

3. Registration Fee For Overseas University

S$

3,000.00

4. Administrative Fee

S$

610.00

5. Examination Fee

S$

900.00

6. Course Material

S$

2,000.00

7. Medical Check-Up Fee

S$

60.00

8. International Student Management Fee

S$

500.00

9. ICA Processing and Student’s Pass Fee

S$

120.00

7% GST

S$

2,274.30

Total

S$

34,764.30

Part-time

1. Application Fee (Non – refundable)

S$

100.00

2. Tuition Fee

S$

24,800.00

3. Registration Fee For Overseas University

S$

3,000.00

4. Administrative Fee

S$

610.00

5. Examination Fee

S$

900.00

6. Course Material

S$

2,000.00

7% GST

S$

2,198.70

Total

S$

33,608.70

Please click here for more information on the fees which are likely to be incurred during the students’ course of study. Students are expected to pay for the stipulated fee(s) incurred, if necessary.

Note 1: All miscellaneous fees are inclusive of 7% GST.
Note 2: Total course fees paid (except application fee and GST) by students are protected under the Fee Protection Scheme (FPS).
Note 3: All students must sign the Advisory Note to Student before signing the Standard PEI-Student Contract.
Note 4: The Standard PEI-Student Contract must be signed by the student prior to making course fees payments to DIMENSIONS.
Note 5: The course fees shown above are effective from 1st January 2021. DIMENSIONS reserves the right to make necessary amendments to the course fees without prior notice.

Payment Mode

For more information on Payment Mode, please click here.
For more information on Fee Protection Scheme (FPS), please click here.
For further details, please contact your Admissions Officer at 6334 0600.

Duration

  • 12 months Institutional Training
  • Maximum allowed period for a student to complete the course is 36 months of Institutional Training, subject to the approval from University of Derby, UK

Maximum Candidature Period

Student is not allowed to retake the course and/or request for a refund in the event if he/she fails to complete the programme within the maximum candidature period.

Opportunities for Further Education/Career Pathway

For career advancement, students can look forward to employment opportunities in these industries:

  • International Business and Trade
  • Regional Business Enterprises
  • International Business Offices
  • For study advancement, students may consider progressing to a Master Degree

Notes:

  • Graduates progression pathway is subject to the respective Institutions’/Universities’ entry requirements at the point of application.
  • Foreigner’s application for jobs in Singapore is subject to the approval from the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore (MOM). DIMENSIONS DOES NOT GUARANTEE any success rate of approval.
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Academic Level: Polytechnic Diploma or DIMENSIONS Higher Diploma or DIMENSIONS Advanced Diploma or other private qualification that is equivalent to a year 1 and 2 of a degree programme from relevant disciplines or its equivalent and a *Portfolio of Design work.

All the applications are subject to University’s approval.

*Portfolio of Design work:

What should I do for my portfolio?

  1. We would like you to write 200 words telling us what motivates you, why you want to study Graphic Design, and how you see your creative future. What materials do you enjoy experimenting with? What makes you an individual?
  2. Your portfolio should tell us the story of you and your work through 10-15 images with annotations or descriptions which tell us about the image and what you think or feel about it
  3. Examples could include examples of design, photography, image making, life drawing, mixed media work, 3d work, digital work or anything else which shows your experimentation and the progression of ideas and concepts. We want to see your ideas, influences and working processes. Show us how you experiment and use materials and techniques. You don’t need to be restricted to Graphic Design show us anything which demonstrates your creative interests
  4. As well as seeing a range of work, we would like to see at least one complete creative project, from initial ideas through to completed work. Tell us about the brief and your intentions, how you developed the work, how you reflected on previous work
  5. We would like to see some of your influences, tell us about one or two artists, designers, exhibitions or books which have particularly influenced you and how

English Proficiency: Applicants must have an IELTS Score of 6.0 or its equivalent. English proficiency may be considered to have been met and an IELTS score may not be required if applicant possesses a highest qualification where English was the sole medium of instruction.

Assessment & Awards

Class Periods

Full-time

Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 11.30am and/or 12.15pm - 3.15pm and/or 3.30pm - 6.30pm

3 hours per session. All specific programme schedules will be reflected in the timetable.

Part-time

Weekday (Monday to Friday)
Sessions will be conducted from 7.00pm to 10.00pm

and/or

Weekend (Saturday and/or Sunday)
Sessions will be conducted within 9.00am to 6.00pm

3 hours per session. All specific programme schedules will be reflected in the timetable.

Examination Period

Assessments in course and / or at the end of semester

Assessment Methods

Combination of coursework and portfolio

Assessment Weighting

Module Name Assessment Methods (Weighting)
Graphic Design – Individual Investigation 1) Component 1: Coursework (0%)
Summary of Assessment Method: Proposal and Annotated Bibliography: (Pass/Fail)
2) Component 2: Coursework (100%)
Summary of Assessment Method: 5000 words Academic Essay
Graphic Design – Live Studio Component 1: Coursework (100 %)
The Distinctive Voice (Graphic Design) Component 1: Coursework (100 %)
The Independent Design Agenda Component 1: Coursework (100 %)

Assessment Grading Criteria

70 – 100%: Excellent
60 – 69%: Very Good
50 – 59%: Good
40 – 49%: Satisfactory
35 – 39%: Unsatisfactory
21 – 34%: Poor
1 – 20%: Very Poor
NS: Non-Submission
Z: Academic Offence Notation

Expected Examination Results Release Date

Not more than 3 months after the final assessment
Note: All assessed marks shall be deemed provisional until such time they have been confirmed by an Awards Assessment Board of the Awarding Body.

Qualification Award

BA (Hons) Graphic Design, awarded by University of Derby, UK

Graduation Requirements

A “Pass” in all assessments of all modules

Teacher – Student Ratio

Average teacher-student ratio is 1:35
Note: The number of students in the classroom is subject to the maximum seating capacity.

Note 1: International Student must achieve at least 90% attendance rate (ICA Requirement).
Note 2: International Student must not be absent for more than 7 consecutive days without valid reason (ICA Requirement).
Note 3: Students who do not require ICA’s student’s pass must achieve at least 80% attendance rate.Our College only accept medical certificates as proof for absenteeism. Any other documents should only be accepted on a case-by-case basis with full justification and be acceptable by ICA.
Note 4: In the first week of studies, an induction session will be conducted. The students will be briefed by the Academic Staff on full details of the course including scheme of work, timetable, assessments and grading, assessment and exam dates and venue and many other academic matters.
Note 5: DIMENSIONS has the right to cancel a class/an intake if the minimum number of students enrolled is less than 10 for any programme per class. Students may enroll into a later intake, if any, or withdraw from course. (For refund, please refer to our Refund Policy).
Note 6: Students (both international and local) must achieve an attendance rate of 80% and above in order to qualify for examinations.
Note 7: Our courses will be conducted at one of the above registered premises of DIMENSIONS International College.