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 International Society of Typographic Designers. 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.
UCAS course code: W219
Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time
Institution code: D26
Entry requirements for 2014
A good portfolio and normally:
If you are unsure about the amount of UCAS points your qualifications may attract you can use our UCAS Tariff Chart|.
We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.
If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. 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.
The course has a vibrant studio culture. Teaching takes place through workshops, seminars, team and individual tutorials, and interactive lectures from leading practitioners and experts.
You can choose from a wide range of specialist topics in professional graphic design (advertising, interactive media, editorial typography, packaging, photography, sustainable design, creative book making, and TV graphics) and develop personal critical skills through a series of critiques and presentations of work to tutors, peers and industry experts.
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.
You are encouraged to seek work placements in graphic design during the summer, and there is an option to undertake a longer work placement lasting up to a year. You will also work on a live project brief set by real clients and have the opportunity to enter national and international competitions, such as the Young Creatives Network and The International Society of Typographic Designers.
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.
For more information please take a look at our Fees and Funding| section.
Scholarships and bursaries are available to home undergraduate students studying on a full time basis. To see if you are eligible, take a look at the Fees and Funding| section of the website.
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.
Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website|. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website| or via the contact details below.
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International students can apply directly to the university through our online applications portal|.
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Study enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70
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You will undertake commercial design briefs and are encouraged to participate in award schemes including ISTD and the RSA Student Design Awards. Students have had work commended by the YCN for four consecutive years, with two students receiving ISTD membership.
“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. Offered a job working at the design agency Keane Brands in Birmingham on graduation
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