Graphic Design | BA (Hons) Degree

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UCAS code: W210 Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2023 Duration: 3 Years

Why this course?

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This full-time course has been generated with industry partners and aims to engage you in the development of a rich combination of new and traditional technical and creative skills, preparing you for careers in graphic design and related fields. The campus environment provides an ideal stimulus for the development of your ability, with great scope for cross-media experimentation and fulfilment of live briefs from within the department and from professional studios.

Key features

  • Taught by design industry practitioners
  • Dedicated Mac suite with up-to-date industry software
  • Access to print room, photography studios and 3D craft workshop

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Validated by University of the Arts London (UAL)

This programme is validated by University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL is a leading education provider in the creative arts, ranked second in the world for art and design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022). They oversee the standards and quality of our curriculum, which enriches your overall learning experience.

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  • alumni Views Scott Salvage Graphic Design
    I just wanted to say a massive thank you for everything you have taught me...things that I will never forget and it has been an absolute pleasure to be taught by you!
  • alumni Views Amy Filler Graphic Design
    Thank you for accepting me onto the course and the tremendous amount of skills you gave me. Because of this I have been fortunate enough to have a career in graphics.
  • student Views Aleah Davies Graphic Design
    The course is interesting and we enjoy what we study. Teaching is good, well explained and delivered.
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Course requirements

Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.

Typical entry requirements are below but offers may vary:

  • a relevant A-Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma

In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet our entry requirements, your application may still be considered if you demonstrate additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • related academic or work experience
  • the quality of the personal statement
Portfolio and interview

You will also be required to provide a portfolio and interview for this course. Please bring a portfolio to interview, which should include examples of your work, together with any relevant certificates/diplomas.

Entry guide

Entry guide for more information about the range of qualifications we accept (including English language requirements for international students).

Year 1 - The first year centres on gaining knowledge of techniques, ideas and the essentials of the creative process, exploring the many facets of the subject, including digital and interactive platforms.

You will also gain a broad overview of historical and contemporary issues relating to the context of design.

Year 2 - The second year focuses on the professional environment, market awareness and generating the creative and self-management skills necessary for the workplace. Assignments are initiated through a range of industry links, which stimulate ideas, concepts and design solutions with valid outcomes.

These constitute the body of the student portfolio which, alongside employability workshops and web presence, build significant professional profiles.

Year 3 - The third year is designed to develop creative thinking and encourage experimental, collaborative and conceptual work. The focus will be on the development of the student as an individual, capable of working both independently and collaboratively.

Students will work on competition briefs set by industry and work will be sent for judging.

The course includes a programme of visiting speakers.

Students will exhibit their work at the end of the course.

Course aims

  • To develop and apply a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of a graphic designer’s working practices in the design industries
  • To demonstrate an understanding of relevant principles and concepts and make connections which inform own practice and style
  • To develop new skills and competencies relevant to the professional working environment or further study
  • To demonstrate awareness, creativity and innovation in a professional context
  • To conceive ideas for assignments to develop into final pieces ready for production
  • To apply knowledge of how to develop an idea or brief into a body of appropriate creative and innovative work

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The course aims to give you the opportunity to study across a wide variety of media, processes and disciplines including graphic design, illustration and animation. Our students are creative, talented and dynamic, with an eye for good design and a willingness to experiment with a variety of media.

Course units

Year 1: 

  • The creative process
  • Materials and methods
  • Digital design
  • Creative research
  • Digital design

Year 2: 

  • Professional practice 1
  • Professional practice 2
  • Business practice
  • Advanced creative research
  • Independent project

Year 3: 

  • Portfolio studies
  • Creative research project
  • Self promotion
  • Final major project

Recent student success

Tim Rackham won the Orion Book Jacket Competition with his design for modern classic novel The Reader.

Video tour of our campus

See students from different courses using the facilities at our creative arts specialist campus

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Potential careers

  • Studio designer (packaging/advertising/publishing/corporate ID and branding)
  • Freelance designer
  • Web designer
  • Advertising and packaging designer
  • Visualizer


Alumni news

Alumnus Tim Rackham won the Orion Books Design competition with his design for modern classic The Reader.

Additional course costs

Laptop preferable but not compulsory.

General drawing equipment and sketch books

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Fees and financial support

There are different options to cover the cost of your course, including government loans and bursaries (eligibility criteria applies).

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How is this course delivered?

We have made some changes to the way our courses are taught to keep everyone safe. We will ensure that our students remain connected and involved with their course and college life.

During this academic year, students have a blend of college-based and digitally-enabled remote learning that provides lots of opportunities to interact and engage with lecturers, support teams and other students.

We will continue to respond to Government advice as we plan our curriculum delivery and will regularly update our current students and applicants in respect of course changes and opportunities.

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