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Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Graphic Design - BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2020 Duration: 3 Years

FdA Graphics course intro

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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Degree validated by UAL (University of the Arts London)

Course requirements

Portfolio and interview.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

Please bring a portfolio to interview, which should include examples of your work, together with any relevant certificates/diplomas.

Cross-college entry guide

(including English requirements for international students) -

Click here to see the cross-college entry guide

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.

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

(5-minute video)

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

  • 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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