Why study graphic design?
Graphic design makes a powerful contribution to the cultural and economic life of contemporary society.
It exists in the public domain, acts as an indicator of current cultural thinking and is a catalyst for social, cultural and political change.
The role of the graphic designer in society and the professional world is multifaceted; designer as curator, author, craftsperson, editor, educator, collaborator and agitator.
Studying graphic design is excellent preparation for a creative career in the UK and abroad.
Why UWE Bristol?
BA(Hons) Graphic Design is based at the Arnolfini, at the heart of Bristol’s creative and cultural community. You’ll learn from practising graphic designers in a professional studio environment.
Past students have won awards in prestigious national competitions such as the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Student Design Awards and the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD).
In recent years, graduates’ work has been exhibited at D&AD New Blood, London, with several being identified as ‚Ones to Watch’ and commendations received for several collaborative projects.
Our students are also regularly shortlisted for the Best British Book Design and Production Awards.
Our City Campus is a powerhouse of inspiration and collaboration, and home to our many City Creatives. It spans Bristol and is made up of Bower Ashton and renowned contemporary arts centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.
Our strong industry links with the thriving city of Bristol ensure ongoing input from professional designers, with extra mentoring support also on offer through the West of England Design Forum.
You won’t be working on hypothetical designs. Projects are socially and culturally relevant, whether undertaken inside or outside the university.
Go on work placements and internships, or volunteer, to gain valuable workplace experience.
Attend talks from studios like OK/RM, Pentagram, Moving Brands, Mother London, Muf, APFEL and Book Works.
Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year Creative Industries Degree Show.
Focus on the avenues that most interest you, and graduate with an impressive portfolio of work, ready to make your mark in the industry.
Where can it take me?
This course prepares you for an idea-driven, sustainable and flexible freelance practice, or studio career in graphic design.
Many of our graduates find work with highly respected design studios in the UK and worldwide.
Others go on to further study, such as a master’s in graphic design or graphic arts, or pursue a career in research or education.