Discover the world of BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Buckinghamshire New University. If you are a visually creative person looking to build a rewarding career in graphic design this course is perfect for you.
Uncover, and solve, challenging visual communication problems using a combination of images, words and storytelling. Become culturally aware, and discover a passion for experimentation across a variety of creative media. Bring your ideas to life today.
Why study this subject?
Graphic Design is a dynamic subject area, one that is continually evolving. Its wide reaching impact is linked to its communicative impetus which extends into many areas of society, including economically, politically, socially and culturally.
Studying on the course will help prepare you for this continually expanding field. Not only will we support you as an individual in the development of your visual and creative problem-solving skills, but we also equipped you with the knowledge and confidence to enter and negotiate your career in this challenging, but exciting field.
At BNU, we will help develop vital business and working processes; including interpretation of a brief; research methods; analysis and ideas development. As well as the skills needed to successfully produce outcomes that evoke emotion, tell stories and communicate messages, so as to meet client and audience expectations.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
With a history of delivery expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career.
As a well-established course which has been running for over 30 years we have built up an excellent network of Alumni. Many are now in senior positions in the design world, both, nationally and internationally whom we can call upon and invite in to give guest lectures to share their experiences, knowledge and real-world insights with the current students.
Led by our enthusiastic and dedicated team of design practitioners and experienced academics, you will have the freedom to explore all areas of graphic Design, from typography and illustration to branding and editorial design, whilst being supported in your development of design skills and strategies.
Our Small group sizes, and our own creative space enable staff and students to work together as a friendly and collaborative community of learners and designers. you’ll have access to a range of our facilities to help you bring your visions to life. This includes Adobe Creative Suite programmes and a range of hands-on methods, from silkscreen and letterpress to laser cutting and 3D printing technology.
During your time with us you’ll get direct access to guest lectures and can benefit from live project briefs, master classes, and plenty of networking chances. As well as this you’ll have the opportunity to enter a range of industry-established competitions, helping you get ahead in your career.
With London only a short journey away, you can take the opportunity to visit some of the world’s best exhibitions, galleries and museums for inspiration. The course also has traditionally offered two overseas study trips. The first is in year one to a European destination, which provides a great opportunity for staff and students to bond, and have some fun as well as enjoying educational visits to galleries and museums. The second is an annual New York trip, which includes studio and agency visits, along with all the other attractions the city has to offer, which usually happens in year two.
What facilities can I use?
Our design studios have a stunning range of equipment for you to realise your ideas.
We don’t restrict you to using computer software, even though we have everything from the Adobe Creative Suite programs to plotter cutters and photo studios.
You can craft beautiful design solutions using our silkscreen, letterpress, and litho equipment, as well as our laser cutting and 3D printing technology. We make sure you get as hands-on with our equipment as possible. And our staff are always around to help you get set up.
What will I study?
Over the course of three years, you’ll be given lots of opportunities to explore the diverse world of graphic design and its practice, including vital skills in creative problem solving, research methods, team working, project management, presentation skills, design strategy, art direction and independent learning.
The Critical and Historical Studies modules run throughout the three years which develops historical perspectives, research, and writing skills and provides the academic grounding on which to develop critical understanding and practical application.
In year one, you’ll explore the many workshop facilities and equipment our design department has to offer, from laser cutting to letterpress printing, from photography to the Adobe Creative Suite. Our experienced technical instructors will be there in your workshop sessions to support you with your activities.
Through practical hands-on, project based learning you’ll explore the fundamental core aspects of the subject like typography, narrative structure, hierarchy, layout and composition, information design, image creation and conceptual thinking skills.
We always encourage our students to take risks in their work and learn to challenge established languages and processes through questioning and individual experimentation.
Specialist in-depth modules in Editorial Design, Branding and Experience Design are at the core of year two when you’ll investigate narrative structure, branding strategy and audience experiences,
reflecting upon and about the shaping of information and the ways to best communicate a message through your design work.
These modules help students form and consolidate presentation, critical and strategic thinking and complex problem-solving skills, whilst at the same time developing and refining practical design abilities.
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