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Graphic Design BA (Hons)

Explore and establish your creativity through a series of projects and workshops to build your portfolio, focusing on graphic communication, creativity and graphic literacy.

Available in Clearing. Call (0116) 257 7000 or WhatsApp on 07970 655 800 to secure your place

Overview

Watch: Subject Group Leader Dan Morley discusses the unique qualities of studying Graphic Design at DMU.


Graphic Design opens the door to an extensive variety of creative roles, from positions in agencies, freelance consultancy, in-house or even opportunities to set up your own studio. Advertising, animation, visual effects or stylist, there are many directions a Graphic Design degree can take you.

Gain the essential experience required to become a successful graphic designer and graduate with an impressive portfolio that demonstrates your skills and talents, showcasing your capabilities to prospective employers.

Not only do you learn how to apply your creativity, you’ll also be able to develop other areas such as research, analytical and entrepreneurial skills. Teaching staff are practising designers with a range of experience and close industry links, allowing you to spend time working with professional clients, such as the House Design Society

Key features

  • Newly developed and multi-purpose facilities feature multiple iMac-equipped studios, specialist digital printing facilities, green screen studios, video and photography suites, drawing and craft studios, letterpress and traditional printmaking workshops.
  • Study a range of topics including image-making, applied graphic studies and media and communication technology for graphic design.
  • Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our #DMUglobal programme. Previous trips have taken Graphic Design students to Berlin, which provided a valuable introduction to the Bauhaus art movement.
  • Undertake live briefs set by industry professionals and participate in high-profile competitions such as D&AD, International Society of Typographic Designers, Starpack, and the Young Creative Network.
  • Expand your portfolio with House, DMU’s Design Society, which gives you the chance to develop your practical and professional skills through live project briefs set by real clients from the design industry.
  • 95% of our Graphic Design graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report.
  • Our graduates have gone on to work at some of the world’s biggest design agencies and businesses, including Barclaycard, Google, Sony PlayStation, Penguin Books, Disney Studios, Burberry and Warner Music. 

Find out what makes a great portfolio

Graphic Design portfolio advice

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  • 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 2019/20 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Students of this course qualify for financial support as part of The DMU Difference. We are offering awards of £200, for students on years one to three of study*, towards specialist printing.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students. Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Important information on The DMU Difference.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information, 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: £13,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Students of this course qualify for financial support as part of The DMU Difference. We are offering awards of £200, for students on years one to three of study*, towards specialist printing.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students. Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Important information on The DMU Difference.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is a normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels with Art and Design at grade C or above, or
  • Art and Design BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM

Plus five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass Access 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.

  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points including Art and Design at higher level grade 5 or
  • Art and Design Foundation Diploma: Pass

Portfolio Required: Yes. You will need a good portfolio according to the course guidelines as part of your application. See our portfolio guidance.

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 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

Year One

  • Graphic Studies: Context and Communication
  • Image Making for Graphic Design
  • Media and Communication Technology for Graphic Design 1

Year two

  • Integrated Graphic Studies
  • Applied Graphic Studies
  • Media and Communication Technology for Graphic Design 2

Year three

  • Major Negotiated Pathway Projects
  • Creative Competition Projects
  • Applied Professional Practice Studies

Teaching

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.

 

 

 

Assessment

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 studios

We have specialist facilities for graphic design students, including iMac suites, open-access multi-purpose studios with excellent natural light and digital imaging equipment.

We also have dedicated drawing and visualisation studios and large photography and printmaking workshops for students to use during their studies.

You will also have the opportunity to receive support from the Leicester Media School Drawing Centre, which provides extra-curricular support for developing artists and designers to have a creative forum and discourse. 

Library and learning zones

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers a range of print and online resources to support your studies. Many resources and services can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone. We also have space across campus for group or individual work and study, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology available.

More flexible ways to learn

Our Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been recognised as leading the university sector. It builds upon our pledge to offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students.

UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures.

This means students can revise taught material in the way which suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Graphic Design graduates have gone on to work for a range of companies such as Net-a-Porter, Warner Music, Bauer Media, Morse Studio, Mammal, Commercial Art, 19 Grams, Groove Bulb, Six, New English, Tudor Rose and Bulb Studio.

Graduates have also progress into the graphic communication sector as staff designers, consultants or freelancers, in areas such as advertising, promotional design, and interactive and multimedia design.

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#DMUglobal

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.

Graphic Design students have visited the Centraal Museum in Utrecht which houses the Dick Bruna Studio and been on a guided tour of the world-renowned Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, an international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design.

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Placements

Work placements are offered as part of this course through #DMUworks, and can boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job.

We have links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team can help you find a placement to suit your interests and aspirations.

Graphic Design students have taken on placements with companies such as Next, Marks & Spencer and Joules, as well as various communications and graphic design agencies.

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