Why study this course?
Our Graphic Design BA at the School of Art, Architecture and Design is about giving visual and experiential form to conceptual thinking, it’s about creating structure and surprise through innovation, it’s about communication. You will be encouraged not only to find solutions, but also to seek out problems. This graphic design course enables you to investigate, question and challenge the contemporary role of graphic design, connecting with wide ranging social issues and new ideas, to develop your voice as a graphic designer and enter a successful career in design.
The teaching on this course received a 100% student satisfaction rate in the 2018 National Student Survey.
More about this course
Completing our Graphic Design course will help you gain everything you’ll need to become a well-rounded creative practitioner. You will develop specialist skills and learn how to reach your audience through innovative design.
This graphic design course encourages you to investigate, question and challenge the contemporary role of graphic design. You’ll gain the confidence to understand, interpret and talk about ground-breaking and iconic design from the past and present. You will also learn how to present and defend your ideas and promote yourself and your work.
You’re encouraged early on to make your thinking visible, to test your ideas through iteration and to collaborate in practice. You’ll have the opportunity to develop specialist and broad-based design skills, to think laterally and to innovate through making, testing, and finding and reaching your audience.
You’ll learn from different creative methods such as drawing and letterpress printing, app design, type fundamentals, user experiences, human-centered design and connected communication platforms. There are many diverse employment options available to graduates of this degree.
This course offers real opportunities to connect with graphic design studios and consultancies, to work across the realms of art direction, digital publishing and editorial design, moving image and sequential narrative, web and innovatory digital practice from app design to social media, brand communications to start-ups and design enterprise.
Industry partners and guest lecturers include Sarah Boris, Alistair Hall (We Made This), Nik Hill, Regular Practice, Justin Bailey (Page Masters), Caterina Bianchini and Studio Blup.
A high-profile lecture series – the Hothouse Talks – offers you the chance to engage with visionaries in the field of Graphic Design and visual communication. You’ll also benefit from live project opportunities and a vibrant studio culture.
Graphic Design BA is taught together with our Illustration and Animation BA (Hons). This combination of teaching makes for a unique learning environment, full of opportunity for cross-pollination and scope for wider learning.
You’ll be assessed through project work, essays, individual practice and a final portfolio project, including a dissertation. There are no examinations.
Where this course can take you
The teaching team includes professional print, photography, web, animation and graphic design specialists alongside illustrators and artists, who together, create a stimulating teaching and learning environment that allows you to identify and succeed in your chosen career path.
The course has produced a number of award winning students who have excelled in leading design competitions run by organisations such as Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and the Design Museum.
The employment success of our graduates is excellent, with many starting successful careers as graphic designers, taking on leading roles within creative industries or continuing on to postgraduate degrees in the UK and abroad.