Graphic Design opens the door to an extensive variety of creative roles, from positions in agencies, freelance consultancy, in-house or even opportunities to set up your own studio. Advertising, animation, visual effects or stylist, there are many directions a Graphic Design degree can take you.
Gain the essential experience required to become a successful graphic designer and graduate with an impressive portfolio that demonstrates your skills and talents, showcasing your capabilities to prospective employers.
Not only do you learn how to apply your creativity, you’ll also be able to develop other areas such as research, analytical and entrepreneurial skills. Teaching staff are practising designers with a range of experience and close industry links, allowing you to spend time working with professional clients, such as the House Design Society.
- Newly developed and multi-purpose facilities feature multiple iMac-equipped studios, specialist digital printing facilities, green screen studios, video and photography suites, drawing and craft studios, letterpress and traditional printmaking workshops.
- Study a range of topics including image-making, applied graphic studies and media and communication technology for graphic design.
- Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Global programme. Previous trips have taken Graphic Design students to Berlin, which provided a valuable introduction to the Bauhaus art movement.
- Undertake live briefs set by industry professionals and participate in high-profile competitions such as D&AD, International Society of Typographic Designers, Starpack, and the Young Creative Network.
- Expand your portfolio with House, DMU’s Design Society, which gives you the chance to develop your practical and professional skills through live project briefs set by real clients from the design industry.
- Our graduates have gone on to work at some of the world’s biggest design agencies and businesses, including Barclaycard, Google, Sony PlayStation, Penguin Books, Disney Studios, Burberry and Warner Music.
Structure and assessment
- Graphic Studies: Context and Communication: This module will develop your practical understanding of the basic graphic language tools, principles, theories and practices of the graphic communication design process; including elements such as composition, colour, typography and image.
- Image Making for Graphic Design: You will learn the visualising process, underpinned by principles of visual communication, research and recording and observational skills. This will enable you to experiment with mark-making and image production.
- Media and Communication Technology for Graphic Design 1: This module introduces the use of software in the production of page design for web and print, providing you with the opportunity to study and develop practical computing skills in the use of industry standard software.
- Integrated Graphic Studies: This project based module will allow you to test, apply and articulate the concepts and theories learned in earlier modules, in order to explore and develop your own creative pathway.
- Applied Graphic Studies: This module will develop your image-makingand communication skills through advanced visualising techniques. You will chose a combination of two options(electives) which reflect your interests to consolidate your pathway through the course.
- Media and Communication Technology for Graphic Design 2: This will further develop your knowledge of computer software in the production of graphic design artwork for print and the web, you will be introduced to software for vector image generation and time-based media.
- Major Negotiated Pathway Projects: This module allows you to work on a design process that reflects external professional practice, from briefing to delivery, following a graphic design, illustration or photography pathway.
- Creative Competition Projects: This module provides you with a unique opportunity to demonstrate understanding of the creative process in national and international design competitions and deal with real world design situations.
- Applied Professional Practice Studies: Here you will be introduced to the basic knowledge and skills needed to understand graphic design and illustration professional practice including knowledge of the commercial aspects of design practice.
Facilities and features
Graphic Design Suite
We have excellent specialist facilities, including Mac-equipped computer suites, open access multi-purpose studios with excellent natural light, digital imaging equipment, dedicated drawing and visualisation studios and large photography and printmaking workshops.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
Our graduates have gone on to work for Net A Porter, Warner Music, Bauer Media, Morse Studio, Mammal, Commercial Art, 19 Grams, Groovebulb, Six, New English, Tudor Rose and Bulb Studio. They work throughout the graphic communication sector as staff designers, consultants or freelancers, in areas such as information, advertising, promotional design, and interactive and multimedia design.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons — helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Work-based placements are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience, and can often lead to your first graduate role.
They are the perfect means of discovering how your studies relate to the real world, and provide an opportunity to improve your confidence and make contacts to help you get ahead in the job market.
DMU’s dedicated Placements Teams can help you by providing access to hundreds of opportunities, giving one-to-one CV advice and interview preparation, and offering training sessions and support from a dedicated tutor.
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