Graphic Design BA (Hons)

Graphic Design BA (Hons)

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Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code:WW21

Duration:3 years

Course type:Full Time

Fees per year:£7500

Additional costs per year:May include equipment such as a computer, portable storage, art and design materials.

Delivery Method:Face-to-face via Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials


BA (Hons) Graphic Design, franchised via the University of Central Lancashire.

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Open the door to a creative career in areas such as branding, editorial, motion graphics, illustration, printmaking, advertising, typography and retail design.

Our course and expert tutors will help you develop creative problem-solving skills using practical processes and specialist design software – including the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.

You will produce dynamic solutions to problems through creative thinking and a flexible approach to a diverse range of assignment briefs, competitions and live assignments.

Our final year provides opportunities to write and structure your own project briefs, respond to industry-set briefs and to enter national and international competitions.

Course Content - Level 4

Creative Thinking
Introduction to Graphic Communication
Design Context 1
Communication Craft Skills

Course Content - Level 5

Applied Graphic Design
Graphic Communication in Context
Design Context 2
Professional Practice

Course Content - Level 6

Graphic Design Set Project
Graphic Design External Project
Graphic Design Self-Initiated Project
Design: Culture and Society 3

Placements and Work Experience

Opportunities for external visits and industry professionals and alumni are regularly invited into the studios as guest practitioners to deliver lectures and workshops.

Students are encouraged to seek out placements and work experience and are supported with this as part of their studies. Live and competition briefs are a key element of course content throughout all levels.

What careers can the course lead to?

Creative students are recognised as having highly transferable skills, and could expect to find employment in a wide range of sectors.

As a graphic designer you could find a career in advertising, illustration, typography, branding, web design, app design, copywriting, editorial design, packaging/retail design and information graphics. You might also specialise in 3D or animation.

Upon completion of the course, students may choose to further their education and progress to a PGCE or MA.

Teaching and Assessment methods

Skills acquisition will be developed throughout the programme using practical briefs as a vehicle for both delivery and assessment. Basic skills development will be the focus of level 4 modules and you will be encouraged to develop and enhance these skills further at level 5.

You will be required to listen to and take part in individual and group critiques and to complete evaluations of the work you have done for each brief.

Lectures and seminars will introduce you to historical and contemporary theory and contextual themes. You will be expected to apply this learning to your own work maintaining a continuous link between theory and practice. Our Virtual Learning Environment will support your learning at all levels with information, resources and online discussion forums.

At level 6 a more independent ethos is fostered; you will be expected to plan your own learning with support from module tutors culminating in final work being exhibited in a Graduate Show.

Facilities particular to the course

A vibrant creative environment, including studios equipped with industry standard software and hardware, will help you to effectively communicate information and ideas appropriate for the modern digital and creative workplace. Graphic Design students have access to Apple Mac and PC suites, printmaking facilities and photographic equipment.

Entry Requirements

112 UCAS points.

Entry onto the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course will be via a successful interview, relevant design qualifications either AS and A2 level, BTEC National Diploma, or GNVQ (level 3) or an equivalent qualification in relevant areas.

Students are also accepted who have appropriate non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience. Please contact the Admissions Tutor for more information.

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