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Graphic Design BA (Hons)

Graphic Design at DMU will encourage you to explore and establish your skills through projects in graphic communication, with an emphasis on creativity, visualisation, graphic literacy and problem solving.


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Reasons to study Graphic Design at De Montfort University:

      • 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 
      • Incredible student success
        one of our recent students won at the Design and Art Direction (D&AD) ‘New Blood’ awards 2015 – one of the world’s top design competitions – whilst another won gold in the Starpack Student Awards UK, going on to be in the top 10 in the world – the only UK winner on the shortlist 
      • Dedicated work placements
        enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent placements undertaken at GlaxoSmithKline, Jagex Ltd and PepsiCo UK
      • Expand your portfolio with the F10 Design Society
        spend time working with professional clients to develop your practical techniques, and expand your portfolio by using your skills and ideas to respond to live briefs
      • Gurus and Grasshoppers mentoring scheme
        gain ownership of your course; final year students mentor new students on formal assignments, and additional areas they identify together 
      • Industry-standard facilities
        open access multi-purpose studios with specialist facilities such as; iMacs and large format printing, letterpress, screening facilities, access to green screen studios, videos and audio editing suites, and large photography and printmaking workshops 
      • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
        recent students have benefited from a #DMUglobal trip to Amsterdam to explore the world-famous Stedelijk Museum.

Negotiated projects, competitions and industry projects (such as the Young Creatives Network) alongside specialist options help develop your personal creative, academic and practical skills and achieve your potential.

You will work on a series of major personal projects to build your portfolio and professional skills. You will also undertake live design briefs from industry and participate in national and international competitions such as the Starpack Awards. You will get a unique opportunity to experience what it takes to be a successful graphic designer and graduate with a portfolio demonstrating your capabilities and talents.

Teaching staff are practising designers with a range of experience. They have close industry links allowing you to spend time working with professional clients, such as the Design Society. You will also have the opportunity to gain ownership of significant parts of the course on the Gurus and Grasshoppers mentoring scheme, where final year students mentor new students.


“Tutors are all really friendly, accessible and approachable and really help you to push your ideas further. They are also more than happy to have one to one tutorials with you on top of the regular group sessions.”

John Burgess, BA (Hons) Graphic Design



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Graphic Design (Illustration) BA (Hons)

Graphic Design (Interactive) BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W219

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further studyWe are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W219

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

2017 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, with Art and Design at grade C or above or
  • Art and Design BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE Art and Design course with at least 15 credits in Art and Design at merit. English GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points including Art and Design at higher level grade 5 or
  • Art and Design Foundation Diploma: Pass

Portfolio Required : You will also need a good portfolio according to the course guidelines as part of your application

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




Year One

  • 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 inthe 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.

Year two

  • 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 Studieswill 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


Year three

  • Major Negotiated Pathway Projects: 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: 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.

Taught by practising designers in a vibrant studio culture, teaching takes place through workshops, seminars, team and individual tutorials, and interactive lectures from leading practitioners. You can spend time working with professional clients through the FD10 design society. You will also have the opportunity to gain ownership of significant parts of the course on the Gurus and Grasshoppers mentoring scheme, where final year students mentor new students.




You can choose from a wide range of specialist topics in professional graphic design; such as: advertising, interactive media, editorial typography, packaging, photography, sustainable design, creative book making, and TV graphics.

Assessment is continuous, with feedback provided as your work develops. You will typically have 15 timetabled taught hours and undertake approximately 25 hours of independent study each week.


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. 

Campus Centre

This is DMU’s social hub, housing a large food court, shops, the Lobby bar, De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), performance studios and our chaplaincy.

There are also Conference Rooms, allowing us to host a variety of events from workshops, lectures, practical sessions and group work to exhibitions.

In March 2016 work started in the centre to create a state-of-the-art new home for DSU, making it more visible, offering more breakout space and giving better access to its key services.

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Opportunities and careers


Graduate 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.

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.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).



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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How to apply

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.


Your DSU

Run by students for students, DSU now offers more than 120 societies as well as 40 sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in the union’s annual elections. Find out more.


A city like no other

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.

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