Detailed Course Structure

 

BACHELOR OF SCEINCE DEGREE IN GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAMME GUIDE

CERTIFICATE IS AWARDED BY THE UNIVERSIY OF EDUCATION, WENNIBA

AIMS

The programme aims to provide opportunity for the study of an internationally recognized BSc. level programme in theory and practice of Graphic Design; as well as provide opportunity for producing a sustained body of creative graphic design work, and to develop appropriate research skills.

OBJECTIVES

The programme objectives are to assist students to:

                     i.            demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Graphic Design research methods through studio practice, library skills, Information Technology, and museum/gallery study;

                    ii.            examine assumptions within Graphic Design practice;

                  iii.            consider those creative, perceptual, conceptual, and practical structures which inform current Graphic Design practice;

                  iv.            organize creative knowledge, practical skills and research abilities into a suitable working framework;

                   v.            evaluate and consider own practice within a critical context; and

                  vi.            research and develop ideas for Graphic Design work, and produce artwork that show critical awareness and commensurate technical skills.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION OF STUDENTS

To qualify to undertake the Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design programme in the Department of Graphic Design, prospective candidates will be expected to possess one of the following categories of entry requirements:

 (a) Direct candidates must possess

§  SSSCE: Must possess A – C in six (6) subjects, comprising the following:

                                                         i.            The three core subjects (English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science OR Social Studies);

                                                        ii.            Graphic Design;

                                                      iii.            Any two (2) of the other visual arts subjects.

§  WASSCE: Must possess A1 – C6 in six (6) subjects, comprising the following:

                                                         i.            The three core subjects (English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science OR Social Studies);

                                                        ii.            Graphic Design; and

                                                      iii.            Any two (2) of the other visual arts subjects.

b) Holders of Diploma in Graphic Design

i)         This category of applicants must have pursued a 2-year Diploma course in Graphic Design from the University of Education, Winneba or accredited institution and must have obtained a pass or better grade.

ii)       Applicants must pass a selection interview. This will determine the level of entry (either level 200 or level 300) base on his/her performance at the interview.

 

    c) Mature candidates must pass

Applicants must be at least 25 years by August of the academic year of application and must pass:

i)         A General Aptitude Test and

ii)       A  Subject Area Test

Both administered by the College under the supervision of the mentor University.


  STUDENT WORK LOAD

Semester

Credit Hours

Total Credits

Theory

Practical

Semester One

13

10

18

Semester Two

11

14

18

Semester Three

14

8

18

Semester Four

12

12

18

Semester Five

13

10

18

Semester Six

13

10

18

Semester Seven

3

30

18

Semester Eight

12

6

15

Grand Total

141

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE WELL

The minimum period for completion of a Bachelor’s degree programme is 4 semesters and the maximum period is 12 semesters. These minimum and maximum periods are calculated from the date of first registration.

Minimum and Maximum Work-load per Semester for Full-time Study

A full-time student is required to carry a maximum workload of 18 credits per semester from level 100 to level 400.

Part-time Study

A part-time student will carry a work-load below the load prescribed for full-time students and will be required to complete the degree programme within the maximum period specified in above (i.e. 12 semesters). Such a student shall be required to apply to the Dean of Faculty to be allowed to study for the programme on part-time basis.

Long Essay/Project Work

Long essay/project work, wherever applicable, shall be submitted for assessment not later than 14 days from the date of the last paper in the second semester examination of the final year. In default, the student shall be asked to submit the long essay/project work the following semester and shall be considered as a Repeat Examination. Thus such a student is considered as a continuing student and should register for the course and pay required fees.

*Part-Time Students:    Is   any student with less than 15 hours per workload per week.


DETAIL COURSE STRUCTURE

 

a.       Required (core) course (s).

  Semester 1

Course Code

Course

 

GDS 101

Introduction to Lettering

 

GDS 103

Basic Skills in Drawing

 

GDS 105

Fundamentals of Graphic Design

 

GDS 107

Printing Methods I

 

GDS 109

Introduction to Computer Application in Design

 

Semester 2

Course Code

Course

 

GDS 102

Introduction to Typography

 

GDS 104

Figure Drawing

 

GDS 106

Introduction to Communication Design

 

GDS  108

Printing Methods II

 

GDS 110

Introduction to Computer Draw Software  for Graphic Design

 

  Semester 3

Course Code

Course

 

GDS 201

Typography and Publication Design

 

GDS 203

Cartooning

 

GDS 205

Poster Design

 

GDS  207

Introduction to Imaging tools and Techniques

 

GDS 209

Design History

 

 Semester 4

Course Code

Course

 

GDS 202

Brand and Cooperate Identity Design

 

GDS 204

Editorial Illustration

 

GDS 206

Package Design

 

GDS  208

Design Commentary and Criticisms

 

GDS 210

Desktop Publication and Page  Design

 

GDS 112

Photography I

 

 Semester 5

Course Code

Course

 

GDS 301

Animation I

 

GDS 303

Advertising Illustration

 

GDS 305

Introduction to Industrial Colour and Graphic Reproduction

 

GDS  307

Photography II

 

GDS 309

 Web Design I

 

       

 

 Semester 6

Course Code

Course

 

GDS 302

Animation II

 

GDS 304

Information & Technical Illustration

 

GDS 306

Environmental Graphic Design

 

GDS  308

Studio Research In Graphic Design

 

GDS 310

Web Design II

 

 

 

 Semester 7

Course Code

Course

 

GDS 401

Industrial Attachment

 

GDS 403

Reflection and Assessment of Industrial Attachment Portfolio

 

 Semester 8

Course Code

Course

 

GDS 402

Design And Project Management

 

GDS 404

Motion Graphics

 

GDS 406

Building Portfolio for Job Search

 

GDS  408

Law & Professional Design Practice

 

 

b.       Elective course (s): Prescribed elective courses by the department from the B Sc Management programme

BMS 201

Principles of Management

 

BMS 307

Entrepreneurship

 

BMS 409

Advertising and Sales Promotion

 

BMS 402

Strategic Management

 

 

c.        Mandatory Courses

GPS 101

Communication Skills I

 

GPS 102

African Studies

 

GPS 302

Research Method

 

GPS 401

Research/Project Work

 

Requirements for graduation         

Each Faculty/Department shall provide detailed information about the Structure of courses it offers leading to the award of various Academic and Professional qualifications.

It is the responsibility of each student registered at the College to be familiar with the specific requirements of the programme which he/she intends to pursue, as well as the rules, regulations and policies of the College and of the Faculties/Departments.

Each student is responsible for ensuring that the courses in which registration is effected satisfy the requirements of the programme sought.

Every student, by the act of registering, agrees to abide by all rules, regulations and policies of the College and of the Faculties/Departments.

Project Work should be submitted for assessment not later than 14 days from the date of the last paper in the second semester of the final year’s examinations.  In default, the candidate will be asked to submit the Project Work the following semester and will be treated as a Repeat Examination, with all its implications.

Students shall be held liable for all lapses.

The College reserves the right to change rules, regulations and policies, as well as programme and course requirements without prior notice.

A student who wishes to interrupt his/her study programme shall apply in advance to his/her Dean of Faculty, through the Head of Department, stating reasons why he/she wants to interrupt his/her study programme, and permission duly granted before he/she leaves the college. The decision of the Dean shall then be communicated to the Registrar.

A student may interrupt his/her study programme for two continuous semesters only, provided that the maximum period allowable for the completion of the programme is not exceeded, which is 12 semesters for degree programmes.

Any student who does not go through the approved procedures before interrupting his/her studies shall be deemed to have abandoned his/her studentship.

A student who is unable to complete his/her study programme within the maximum period allowed shall lose all credits accumulated and his/her studentship cancelled. Such a student shall be allowed to re-apply for admission into the College. 

Attendance at Classes and Examinations

a.       Students are required to attend classes, tutorial and practical specified for their course of study, and all such examinations as the College may from time to time require, and to perform all written and practical work prescribed for them.  Students who are absent from classes, tutorials and practical for a cumulative total of 20 days or more in any one semester will be deemed not to have satisfied the attendance requirements for the semester.  Such students will be subject to disciplinary measures which may include withdrawal from the College.

b.       There will be 2 forms of assessments in each semester; 1 in the middle of the semester and the other at the end of the semester.

Failure to Write Examinations

Any student who fails to register and write the mid/end of semester examinations will be asked to withdraw unless he or she provides tangible reasons for his or her failure.

Examination Malpractice or Offence

a.    Examination offences include any attempt on the part of a candidate to gain an unfair advantage, and any breach of the Examination Regulations and Instructions to candidates including prior knowledge of examination questions, possession of examination questions by any means, refusal on the part of a candidate to occupy an assigned place in an examination room, any form of communication with another candidate, possession of a book, paper or written information of any kind, except as required by the rules of a particular examination, smoking, leaving an examination room without permission of the Invigilator, or refusal to follow instructions.

b.    The Chief Invigilator or any Examiner is to report to the Principal, as soon as practicable, any instance of a breach of Examination Regulations.  In respect of offences occurring outside the precincts of an examination room, the Principal should cause an enquiry to be made into any reports.

c.     The Board of Examiners is to review all reports received in connection with an examination malpractice or an offence.  On the basis of its review, the Board of Examiners may impose a sanction on the offending candidate. Such a candidate may be expelled from the College.

In all instances of examination malpractices or offences a formal report should be made to the Academic Board as soon as practicable.  The Academic Board may review all such reported cases and may vary the sanctions as it thinks fit. 

Regulations governing assessment of students.

Grading System

The performance of a student in a course is graded as follows:

Grade

Numerical Marks

Interpretation

Grade Point

A

80+

Excellent

4.0

B+

75 – 79

Very Good

3.5

B

70 – 74

Good

3.0

C+

65 – 69

Very Fair

2.5

C

60 – 64

Fair

2.0

D+

55 – 59

Satisfactory

1.5

D

50 – 54

Barely Satisfactory

1.0

E

Below 50

Fail

0

X

-        

Unsatisfactory

-        

I

-        

Incomplete

-        

Z

-        

Disqualification

-        

Definition of Grades

(1)        Pass Grades: Grades A to C constitute Pass grades.

(2)        Failure Grades: Grades D and E constitute Failure grades.

(3)     Non-Completion of Course Grades:

          A grade I (for Incomplete) is awarded to a student who is unable to complete a course for reasons adjudged by the Board of Examiners as satisfactory.  Such a student is expected to complete the course the very next time the course is available.

A grade X is awarded to a student who is unable to complete a course for reasons adjudged by the Board of Examiners as unsatisfactory. 

(4)     Disqualification Grade:

A grade Z denotes Disqualification from an examination as a result of an examination malpractice or offence, and is awarded whenever it is established that a candidate had attempted to gain an unfair advantage in an examination.

A candidate awarded a grade Z may be debarred from taking a University College Examination for a stated period, or indefinitely, or may be expelled from the University altogether.

A grade X may be awarded only by the Board of Examiners.

Grade Point, Cumulative Grade Point Average and Final Grade Point Average

(1)     Grade Point (GP)

Each grade is assigned an equivalent grade point as indicated above in 4v.  The number of grade points earned by a student, for each course completed, is computed as the product of the number of  credits for the course and the grade point equivalent to the letter of the grade obtained in that course.

(2)     Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

The student’s cumulative grade point average is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points obtained, up to any specified time, by the total number of credits of all courses for which the student has registered up to that time.

(3)     Final Grade Point Average (FGPA)

The final grade point average is the cumulative grade point average for all courses under consideration calculated up to the end of a student’s academic programme.

Student in Good Standing

A student in good standing is one whose Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is  at least 1.50 (i.e. Grade D+).

Passing, Probation and Withdrawal

a.       Level 100

        Pass

A level 100 candidate is deemed to have satisfied the requirements for progression to level 200, if he/she has obtained a CGPA of 1.50 or better in the level 100 examinations.

In addition to the above requirement, the candidate should have satisfied faculty/departmental requirements for entry to courses at level 200.

        Withdrawal

A candidate who does not qualify to progress to level 200 on the basis of the requirement of the paragraphs above will be asked to withdraw from the University College.

b.       Level 200

        Pass

A student passes, if he or she has a CGPA of 1.50 or better and has passed a cumulative minimum of 42 credits of required courses up to the end of level 200 (i.e. including levels 100 and 200).

Probation

Probation means repeating failed courses and where possible making up the workload with the appropriate courses from the next level.  Accordingly a student is put on probation if he or she has:

(1)     A CGPA of less than 1.50 or better and has passed  less than 21 credits at  level 200, or

(2)     A CGPA of less than 1.50 and has passed 28 credits or more at level 200

Withdrawal

A student who does not pass as prescribed above and also does not meet the requirements for probation as above, shall be asked by the Registrar to withdraw from the University, or

A student who, after a year’s probation, does not pass as prescribed above shall be asked to withdraw from the University College.

c.        Level 300

Pass

A student passes if he or she has a CGPA of 1.50 or better and has passed a cumulative minimum of 90 credits of required courses up to the end of level 300.

Probation

Probation means repeating failed courses and, where possible, making up the workload with the appropriate courses from the next level.  A student at Level 300 who does not pass as required in the above paragraph shall be put on probation if he or she has:

(1)     A CGPA of 1.50 or better and has passed not less than 72 credits up to the end of Level 300. (i.e. including levels 100, 200 and 300 courses), or

(2)     A CGPA of less than 1.50 and has passed 90 credits or more up to the end of level 300.

Withdrawal

A student who does not pass as prescribed above and also does not meet the requirements for probation as above, shall be asked by the Registrar to withdraw from the University, or

A student who, after a year’s probation, does not pass as prescribed above shall be asked to withdraw from the University College.

Classification of Degree

All end-of-semester examination results from Level 100 except University and Faculty courses without credit units, will be taken into account in the computation of the Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) for the classification of the bachelor’s degree.

The GPAs at Levels 100, 200, 300 and 400 shall be weighted in the proportions 1:2:2:2

In the determination of the FGPA, a weighted average of all repeat courses will be used.  For example, a 3-credit course with a ‘D’ at first attempt and ‘A’ at the second attempt will attract a total of 6 credits in the computation of the Grade Point Average of that particular course.

The full scheme of classification will be as follows:

 

 

Class Designation

Cumulative Grade Point Average

First Class

3.50 – 4.00

Second Class (Upper Division)

3.00 – 3.49

Second Class Lower (Lower Division)

2.50 – 2.99

Third Class

2.00 – 2.49

Pass

1.00 – 1.99

Fail

Less than 1.00

 

University and Faculty courses without credit units will continue to remain ancillary subjects and a pass in every subject will be required by all undergraduate degree students for the award of a Bachelor’s degree; marks obtained will not count towards the classification of the degree.

EMPLOYMENT PROPECTS OF GRADUATES

§  Advertising                   

§  Animation

§  Book Design and Publishing

§  Cartooning and Illustration

§  Corporate Identity and Branding

§  Multimedia

§  Photography                                

§  Printing

§  Web Designing

Typical daily activities and in-demand skill sets for graphic designers include the following:

·         Design websites, email and newsletter templates, and social media pages.

·         Plan layouts for magazines, brochures and other print publications.

·         Design corporate logos, business cards and company letterhead.

·         Make promotional displays, teasers and signs for public exhibitions.

·         Create banner ads and rich media marketing campaigns for web pages.

·         Work closely with Copywriters, Creative Directors, and Marketing Managers.

·         Are proficient in the digital media and design products in Adobe's Creative Suite,  e.g., Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign, Illustrator, Encore and Acrobat.