New Graphic Signwriting NGS (Foundation Diploma Studies)

Course Curriculum

Start Date April 17, 2017 and consecutively each month thereafter.

Crafts, creative arts and design

Level 04 – 5 Learning Modules (Foundation Diploma Studies)

Start up dates – geared to your choices

The Start up date is the first Monday of the month. Courses will roll flexistudy from that point. Ideal completion time is 12-18 months.

Assessments take place at mid and endpoint of each unit.


Units comprise of 110-140 hrs for completion. Total hours 460-520

Assessment criteria

Coursework and learning interaction account for the majority of progress assessment.

Tutorials serve as crucial learning reference points, external project completion and skills progress checks.

Learning summaries

Written components aim to clarify the learning and exploration of each unit from historical to practical and new field work perspectives. 

Thesis – 2500 words. 5x Learning summaries 500 words.



Coursework comprises of Units 1-5.

Assessments are ongoing, appraisal based and subject to 3 external verification processes. 

Unit 1 

  • Induction day: Presentation & orientation
  • Professional practice introduction: How, Why..
  • How to price work
  • TM and QC awareness
  • Kit and Equipment: DEVELOPMENT & MAINTENANCE
  • Health and Safety
  • Group Crit
  • Access equipment use
  • Surface & Preparation: Wood, Masonry, Glass
  • Basic practice: 8 strokes of shape construction
  • Advanced stroke practice and corner forming skills
  • Water based and oil basic enamel use.
  • Colour tinting.

20 Pts Completion of Segment

110-140 hrs

Studio practice 50 hrs

Unit 2 – Block lettering

History of sans serif letters. Essay Learning review

  • Block letter practice: Drawing and structure of 3 key styles
  • Spacing
  • Bold block lettering
  • Condensed block lettering
  • Lowercase block lettering 2 styles
  • Group Crit
  • Shading
  • Review essay.
  • Presentation
  • Tutorial

20 Pts Completion of Segment Part 1.2

110-140 hrs

Studio practice 50 hrs

Unit 3

  • Serif lettering
  • History of Romans and Venetian serif ‘filleti’
  • 4 styles: Trajan Roman, Traditional London, Venetian, Egyptians
  • Practice and Composition
  • Group Crit
  • Review essay
  • Cursive Lettering
  • History of Cursivo and Italics
  • Key Strokes
  • 3 styles: Calligraphic, Signwriters, and Italian
  • Practice and Composition
  • Review essay
  • Presentation
  • Tutorial

20 Pts Completion of Segment

110-140 hrs

Studio practice 50 hrs

Unit  4


  • Working freehand
  • Design thinking – input
  • Design, Font design and CAD 
  • Photoshop
  • Marketing
  • Designing the Brand icon
  • Production methods
  • Tutorial – Final Editions

20 Pts Completion of Segment

110-140 hrs

Unit  5

Design and Delivery

  • Project Management
    • Group Crit
    • Industry entry
    • Presentation and client handling
    • Business plan and finances
    • How to price work – Review from Unit 1
    • Marketing and future trend
  • Final Exhibition

20 Pts Completion of Segment

110-140 hrs

Studio practice 50 hrs


Crafts, creative arts and design NVQ Level 4

5 Modules 100 pts Total

Learn Easy

Course structure is flexible. Start times, continuation points and close off are set at commencement are are open to renegotiation onward of start-up subject to course leader guidance and approval.

Students who have completed 1 week course with NGS may be eligible for assessment or recommencement. Tutor will advise on level and practical attainment in order to re-join practice at appropriate point.


Public Holiday

Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales

14 April Friday Good Friday
17 April Monday Easter Monday
1 May Monday Early May bank holiday
29 May Monday Spring bank holiday
28 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Monday Christmas Day
26 December Tuesday Boxing Day
1 January Monday New Year’s Day
30 March Friday Good Friday
2 April Monday Easter Monday
7 May Monday Early May bank holiday
28 May Monday Spring bank holiday
27 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Tuesday Christmas Day
26 December Wednesday Boxing Day

If a bank holiday is on a weekend, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday.

  • Monday 1 January 2019 is a Bank Holiday
  • Easter weekend is Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April 2019
  • May Day Bank Holiday is Monday 6 May 2019
  • Spring Bank Holiday is Monday 27 May 2019


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