Our Graphic Design degree aims to equip you with the skills and theoretical knowledge to work and innovate in the Graphic Design sector and the wider creative industries. By drawing on techniques and expertise from the fields of Design, Fine Art and Art and Design History, the degree is both practically focused and theoretically informed. The principles of collaboration, innovation and individuality underpin the curriculum and the degree aims to create critical and confident graphic designers that will be ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing and increasingly technological sector.
The degree is taught at our Creative Campus, which offers the potential for a wealth of collaborative and multidisciplinary learning experiences. You will learn a variety of approaches to visual communication and gain a thorough understanding of studio practice and the design process, including studio based project work, optional live briefs and work placements in established design studios in the immediate local community the UK and abroad.
In preparation for the world of work, the development of rigorous research skills, theoretical understanding and mastery of a range of both technological and physical tools will be developed. Learning will be underpinned by a thorough understanding of the discipline and its context in contemporary society. Alongside traditional practical and theoretical skills, you will develop a deep understanding of established design principles and develop the ability to engage confidently with current professional practice. By the end of the degree, you will have built a contemporary portfolio that will equip you for an exciting future in the sector.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which may have no more than 10 students. You also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
In your first year of study, there are approximately 13 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 12 teaching hours in your second year and approximately 10 teaching hours in your third year. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
Throughout your three years of study, you will have a number of assessments, including written exams, practical exams, portfolios, journals and coursework.
You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
The Foundation Year is a great opportunity if you have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualifications required to enter directly onto our degree programmes. A significant part of the Foundation Year focuses upon core skills such as academic writing at HE level, becoming an independent learner, structuring academic work, critical thinking, time management and note taking.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year (Level C) of your chosen honours degree. Further details can be found here.
You will be introduced the foundational principles of graphic design and will explore the fundamental relationship between word, image, colour, layout and composition. Using this foundational understanding, you begin to engage with Graphic Design as a creative field at the interface of digital and physical modes of working.
You will do this together with a developing theoretical knowledge of Art and Design History from Antiquity to the 21st Century. From the outset, the degree aims to equip you with collaborative modes of working, emulating the creative community of Graphic Design in the real world.
In your second year, you will use the technical and theoretical tools you have acquired to begin to problem solve through design thinking in a range of contexts. You are provided with the opportunity to master a range of new technical skills and software competencies that will enable you to understand, apply and develop your own visual language.
You will focus on core principles of typography, layout and meaning in your discipline, with the potential to use these concepts as a lens on critical writing or visual culture. You begin to apply your knowledge into real world professional contexts, making links between your theoretical knowledge and professional practice by working collaboratively and collectively.
You will consolidate your robust understanding of the theoretical and practical principles of Graphic Design by creating a high quality professional portfolio of work. Innovation will underpin your work throughout your final year of study and you will collaborate with staff on your research, work to live briefs and theorise your own independent approaches to study and design.
The final year aims to provide you with the opportunity to create a distinct body work and a professional skillset and attitude that will equip you with the potential to excel in a competitive and creative sector. The graphic design research block provides you with the opportunity to tailor your own particular interests aligned with your career ambitions.
Graphic Design offers graduates a diverse range of career pathways including design for publishing, design for the web, motion/animation graphics, illustration and editorial.
The degree will enable you to consider a range of career options and equip you with the skills needed to work in the wider creative industries. Opportunities for further study and postgraduate research are provided, including PGCE and taught Masters programmes such as MA Creative Practice.
In your second year, you have the option to go on a work placement to experience graphic design in the real world. The work placement will greatly enhance your learning experience and employability opportunities once you graduate.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are yet to be confirmed. Further details will be available shortly.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
With Foundation year, this degree is only available to study as a Single Honours course.