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BA (Hons) - Graphic Design with Placement

Harness your passion & really kick-start a career as a Graphic Designer with a high-quality placement during the second year of your studies.
You’ll produce exciting designs across a range of traditional & digital media, graduating as a professional graphic designer ready to unleash your creativity on the world.

Our graduates have gone on to work for well-known names such as Time Out, MTV, Conde Naste, Future Publishing, Wallpaper & the BBC.


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Course Overview

This course will give you hands-on experience, providing the expertise, experience, confidence and creative skills you need to land your first professional job in this exciting industry.
We realise that, as a graduate, what makes you stand out from the crowd is your personality, passion, and the quality of the work in your portfolio, which is why your course will provide you with a wide variety of projects, including a high quality placement & ‘live briefs’, to help you discover what suits you best, allowing you to focus on developing your specialities. You will receive extensive feedback, support, and advice throughout your studies and have access to our state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

On this course you will...

  • Learn from graphic design, magazine design, illustration and typography experts and use industry-standard software, equipment and facilities.
  • Undertake a real-world creative placement where you have the opportunity to gain high-quality work experience during the second year of your studies.
  • Do real graphic design work. 80% of your studies will be practical, so you won't be just learning theory.
  • Build a robust portfolio of work for exhibits and display your talent to potential employers.
  • Benefit from practical demonstrations, visits, and feedback from professional designers.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

The BA (Hons) Graphic Design aims to help you successfully transition from being a design student to a professional designer. Our graduates work for national and international design and advertising consultancies, multi-media agencies, TV companies, publishing houses, magazines and many now run their own design studios.

Year one

In Level 4 you’ll gain fundamental knowledge and practical experience of visual communication, the building blocks of visual language, and professional attitudes and practices. When you join us you become part of a creative community and from the outset, you will be encouraged to share your ideas, experiences and work through discussion with tutors and fellow students.

A distinctive feature of the graphic design course is that, initially, you will work closely with Level 4 illustrators exploring the fundamental principles of visual communication as many of the core principles and considerations are shared between the two disciplines, for instance; colour theory and application, traditional and digital media, development processes, presentation skills, etc.

  • Introducing Visual Communication
  • Cultural Contexts
  • Multi-Dimensional Graphic Design
  • Collaborative Practice
Year two

The second year is focused on applying the knowledge and skills you’ve gained to a series of design challenges, including a placement in the second semester of study. Testing and refining your design and personal management skills in a number of scenarios will give you confidence in your ability to tackle unfamiliar challenges. As your confidence grows through experience you’ll begin to develop personal strands of interest or specialism.
Your tutors bring a wide range of design experience to the course with particular expertise and interests in typography, editorial/publishing, corporate identity and branding work. There is an emphasis on knowledge, passion, and enjoyment, showing you how they can be utilised to make memorable, meaningful designs.

  • The Designer's Toolkit
  • Type & Typography
  • Graphic Design Projects
  • Creative Economy Placement
Year three

As you enter your final year, flexibility increases where all of the skills, knowledge and confidence you have developed so far are brought together to produce a portfolio of design work that showcases your talents.

By this time you’ll be preparing for progression – life after you finish your degree - seeking work or preparing for Masters or Postgraduate study. Much of your professional practice will be focused on that exciting step.

  • Advanced Design Projects
  • Independent Research Paper
  • Graphic Design Showcase

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