Reasons to study Graphic Design (Illustration) at De Montfort University (DMU):
- DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
- 89.5% of our Graphic Design (Illustration) graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
- Graphic Design was awarded 100% Overall Student Satisfaction
In the latest National Student Survey 2018
Expand your portfolio with the House Design Society
Develop your practical and professional skills on live project briefs, set by real clients from the design industry, and participate in national and international competitions.
- Support from the Leicester Media School Drawing Centre (LMSDC)
providing DMU students with extracurricular pastoral support for the Visual courses in the School. A drawing school for developing artists and designers to have a creative forum and discourse.
Dedicated work placements
Enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent Technology placements undertaken at GlaxoSmithKline, Jagex Ltd and PepsiCo UK
Gurus and Grasshoppers mentoring scheme
Benefit from support from your peers, and gain ownership of your course; final year students mentor new students on formal assignments, and additional areas they identify together
Newly developed, dedicated facilities
Enjoy open access to our brand new multi-purpose studios with specialist facilities such as; iMacs and large format printing, letterpress and screening facilities. As well as access to green screen studios, videos and audio editing suites and large photography and printmaking workshops
Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.
This course will give you practical skills in a wide range of specialist areas of professional interactive graphic design.
You will work on a series of major personal projects to build your portfolio and professional skills, including undertaking live briefs from the design industry.
This industry-focused course ensures you will experience what it takes to be a successful interactive graphic designer and graduate with a portfolio demonstrating your capabilities and talents.
This course is designed for those with a specific interest in the cutting edge digital arts. Our well established Graphic Design courses focus more on traditional and core design skills such as editorial design, image making or advertising, whilst this programme focuses on pushing the conventions of digital applications and user experiences through a hands-on approach in communicating visual solutions and spaces to a wide audience.
Structure and assessment
- Graphic Studies: Context and Communication
- Image Making for Illustration
- Media and Communication Technology for Illustration 1
- Pathway Preparation Workshops
- Integrated Graphic Studies
- Integrated Pathway Studies
- Applied Illustration Studies
- Media and Communication Technology for Illustration 2
- Major Negotiated Pathway Projects
- Creative Competition Projects
- Applied Professional Practice Studies
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 current home of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), Campus Centre has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU, improving the student experience.
The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, with a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks on the ground floor. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets, as well as SUpplies, DSU’s shop selling art supplies, stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.
Opportunities and careers
They can be found working at some of today’s top design agencies and businesses including Google, Sony Playstation, Disney Studios, Landor Associaties, Yahoo, Adtrak, GlaxoSmithKline, Burberry, Next, Warner Music and Fontshop, Cite, Bulb Studios and more.
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 course is designed to lead into global careers in UX (User Experience) Design, UI (User Interface) design, web design and development, app design, graphic design, animation and motion graphics.
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.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
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.