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Graphic Design

Top Up Year (Level6/60 credits)

Schedule: Daytime: 9am to 1pm.

Credits: Level 6 / 60 credits.

Duration:: October to June.

Application Dates: January to August.

Language: English.

Format: Project classes on location. Including online classes.

Intro

ORIENTED TOWARDS AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER.

Do you wish to pursue an international career in graphic and communication design? This top-up programme is perfect for you and those who come from a visual communication background. Portfolio and skill development is the central focus. You will explore professional techniques, academic theories and visual culture. With an understanding of graphic design contexts, you will develop your own unique visual style and your professional and creative identity.

GLOBAL PROJECT EXPOSURE.

You will have support and encouragement to submit your best work to worldwide competitions, securing valuable exposure to your projects. Past students have found success and received prizes such as the international Design and Art Direction (D&AD), one of the most influential awards in the creative industry.

CONNECTED TO THE INDUSTRY.

ETIC is recognized for its creative environment, its connection to brands, agencies and design studios. Tutors on this programme come from a professional background and are still active in the industry. The team’s close links with practicing professionals enable students to take part in a variety of work-based opportunities, live briefs and placements.

UPGRADE YOUR EXISTING QUALIFICATIONS.

Apply to a Top Up course so you can get your British full honours degree, a worldwide recognized diploma delivered by Solent University Southampton at ETIC, in Lisbon, the sunny, safe and cool capital of Portugal.

FAQ

HOW DO I GET THIS DIPLOMA IN ONE YEAR?

British education allows you to obtain a university degree with the completion of a year of study if you have previously completed a two year course, or level 5 qualifications (120 credits). Applicants with relevant professional training and experience are also welcomed. This curricular year is called Top Up Year and allows you to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree.

WHAT IS A TOP UP COURSE AND A BACHELOR'S DEGREE?

Top-up courses are equivalent to the final year of an undergraduate degree and allow you to ‘top up’ an existing level 5 qualification into a full honours degree. Top-up degrees enable students to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of a particular topic while also receiving a Bachelor’s Degree, an internationally-recognized diploma (level 6/180 credits).

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A TOP UP YEAR?

Those who have completed a two-year course or have obtained a Level 5 qualification (120 credits) can apply for a Top Up Year.

WHERE CAN I ATTEND A TOP UP YEAR?

In the majority of universities in the United Kingdom, such as Solent University Southampton, or at ETIC, in Lisbon, in partnership with that prestigious university.

TOP UP COURSES AT ETIC ARE FOR PEOPLE FROM WHICH AREAS?

The Top Up Courses at ETIC are perfect for those who have backgrounds in areas such as Art and Design, Multimedia, Digital Image, New Media, Digital Communication, Illustration, Web Design, Film and Television, Editing, Audiovisual Production, Animation, Graphic Production, Motion Design, Visual Effects, Sound, Music, among others.

WHO CREATES THE COURSE CURRICULUM AND WHO ISSUES THE DIPLOMA?

The course curriculum is entirely developed by Solent University and is taught by British and Portuguese teachers. The B.A. Bachelor’s of Arts diploma is awarded by Solent University Southampton.

WHY AT ETIC?

ETIC is a reference school in the creative fields. Project-oriented, it combines technique, creativity, and personal and professional development. Its connection to the industry links school projects to the reality of the labor market.

The school has state-of-the-art technological resources, such as HD video and virtual reality studios, professional HD régie, sound studios, photo labs and studios, design and computer labs.

DO I NEED TO TAKE AN ENGLISH TEST?

Yes, one of the following tests is required and they can be completed remotely, on the date and time chosen by the candidate: VEPT (minimum score of 57), IELTS 6.0 (minimum score of 5.5) or TOEFL IBT 80 (minimum score of 19).

WHY LISBON?

The capital of Portugal is a real cool destination for millions of Europeans. The city has exceptional cultural attractions, a relaxed lifestyle and wonderful weather – you can go to school in the morning and surf in the afternoon on amazing beaches 15 minutes away.

Lisbon hosts numerous music and film festivals, technology events like the Web Summit, and a large ecosystem of startups and creative hubs. Living here is affordable, easy and fun. Lisbon is one of the safest capitals in Europe and Portugal ranks third safest country in the world.

What will you study

Projects
Final Major Project

The Final Major Project provides an opportunity to pursue independent lines of enquiry over an extended time frame. It is also the platform on which students can expand their visual communications skills and develop an appropriate graphic language for their selected subject and outcome. This project forms a major part of the students exit portfolio, and should therefore provide a range of graphic design strategies to help display their knowledge and abilities. The student’s project subject, direction and objectives will be agreed through negotiation with their individual unit tutor. Students will be expected to present their work at formative and summative assessment points in a professional manner. The Final Major Project will be displayed, in part or as a whole, in the end of course exhibition.

ETIC Unit Leader: Joana Areal
Solent University Southampton Unit Leader: Nick Long

Professional Context

This unit concentrates on exposing the student to the professional aspects of graphic design. It is designed to include involvement in live projects where possible and national competitions such as D&AD student awards and the RSA student awards. It should be seen as an opportunity to work to professional standards. Evaluation and critical analysis of project briefs is an important part of the unit as are structuring, planning, timetabling, deadline management, budgeting and client relations. Sustainable Design is also a major consideration.
Preparation for print and print production will aim to resolve issues that arise when taking a project from the design stage through to final print.
As well as paper-based outcomes to project briefs, there will be opportunities for students to apply their design skills to the area of electronic media in this unit. Using techniques learned at Level 5, students would be able to build new media projects for publication in the electronic environment. Research and critical analysis will be used to ensure professional standards.

ETIC Unit Leader: Ana Freitas
Solent University Southampton Unit Leader: Chris Venables

Visual Communication Industry Research Project

This unit will give students the opportunity to gain expert knowledge of a specialist area within their profession. The students’ investigation will enable them to review elements of the social, cultural, and historical implications of the visual communication industry. As the research stage progresses the student will be asked to convert their findings into the most appropriate communication outcomes. The objective will be to bring the skills set of a graphic designer to bear on the research process. Thereby converting several different streams, and types of information, into a cohesive clear communicative form using a variety of means.

ETIC Unit Leader: Ana Palma Silva
Solent University Southampton Unit Leader: Nick Long

Tutors

Joana Areal

ETIC Course Leader

Ana Palma Silva

Ana Freitas

Zé Pedro Abreu

Joana Tavares

Invited Tutor

Mariana Veloso

Invited Tutor

Julie Beattie

Solent Link Tutor 

Admissions

You can apply for a Top Up Year if you have completed two years of training or a Level 5 qualification (120 credits).

Portfolio, Showcase or Showreel.

One of the following English tests:
VEPT – minimum score of 57 (57 in all components). IELTS  – minimum score of 6,0 (5.5 in all components). TOEFL IBT – minimum score of 80 (19 in all components).The test is held at a place and date chosen by the candidate.

The same English language entry requirements are mandatory for all applicants.

Tuition fees

PROMOTIONAL FEES 2021/22
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Alumni ETIC:
Registration: €600,00 + 12 consecutive monthly payments (€416,72).
Or 14 consecutive monthly payments (€357,18).
Discount: 5.5% with full payment of the course (€ 4 750.20).

New Students:
Registration: €600,00 + 12 consecutive monthly payments (€441,68).
Ou +14 consecutive monthly payments (€378,58).
Discount: 5.5% with full payment of the course(€5 035,10).

Citizens without fiscal residence in Portugal:
Registration: €600,00 + 30% of the entire course cost on enrollment.
Contact the Admissions Office (Secretaria) for detailed information and conditions

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