With one of the best Graphic Design courses in the UK, we can help you achieve your ultimate design goals and launch your dream career!
We will begin by exploring the basics of typography and visual communication, before encouraging students to experiment with type and image to solve graphic design problems. Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to explore the four key themes of graphic design – typography, visual communication, design contexts and design practice. Responding to different design briefs during each year, students will discover a real sense of achievement as they progress their studies and creative practice.
Why choose this course?
You’ll join a vibrant creative community with extensive, cutting-edge facilities for digital production, sound recording and editing, film, photography, video, ceramics and print facilities, a printmaking workroom, a screen printing and letterpress studio, digital print bureau and excellent technical support. On our course, we will ask you to intelligently mix old and new technologies, involving any and all these facilities, as well as our well-equipped computer studios which house 60 Macs and 90 PCs, all kitted out with the latest Adobe suite.
You will be encouraged to use our studio space and facilities to explore multiple materials, techniques and equipment, pushing the boundaries of visual communication. For example, you might design a brand-new font in Illustrator, make it in wood on the latest laser-cutter, print it on a 150-year-old hand-operated press, then scan it and manipulate it in Photoshop.
You’ll be taught by experienced practitioners who have won nationally recognised awards for their design work, teaching practice and research, including D&AD Awards, Fresh Awards, Adobe Innovation and the Searle Prize. Their expertise spans a range of disciplines, from editorial and book design to web-based design and typography. Having worked for companies including the BBC, I Am Associates, Bloomsbury, Phaidon, The Royal Academy and Universal Music, they will share their experience to help you connect what they do with what you learn. Several members of the team also hold the highly prestigious Senior Teaching Fellow status with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Our focus is very much learning by doing so that students graduate with the skills to immediately begin a successful design career. For example, there are technical skill sessions throughout all the three years of the course, as well as refreshers to keep students up to speed with the latest updates. We organise a range of extracurricular workshops to enrich your skills, in things like sublimation, photography, printmaking and digital media. We also organise a full programme of studio and gallery visits, which in the past have included trips to museums in London and Oxford, studios and galleries in Birmingham, as well as international trips to Holland and China, taking in a breadth of cultural experiences.
International experience opportunities
There are opportunities for exchange with students on a similar course in overseas universities. For example, second and third year students will be provided opportunities to visit an international university as part of their studies, and European cultural visits will be offered to all students in all years.
Throughout the course, graphic design projects will be set with an international focus, enhancing your global experience and broadening your mindset. Students are also encouraged to engage in Online International Learning (OIL) projects with partner institutions and other international universities around the world.
The structure of the course, the experiences and support made available to you are all designed with a view to developing the skills, competencies and imaginative thinking necessary for a creative career in a demanding, competitive and rapidly changing work environment.