Graphic Design (Illustration) BA (Hons)

Graphic Design (Illustration) here at DMU covers a variety of image-making, including drawing, printmaking and animation, visual problem-solving and digitally produced imagery, giving you the opportunity to go into a wide range of careers in illustration and graphic design.



Reasons to study Graphic Design (Illustration) at De Montfort University (DMU):

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
  • 89.5% of our Graphic Design (Illustration) 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
  • Graphic Design was awarded 100% Overall Student Satisfaction
    In the latest National Student Survey 2018
  • Expand your portfolio with the House Design Society
    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.

  • Support from the Leicester Media School Drawing Centre (LMSDC)
    providing DMU students with extracurricular pastoral support for the Visual  courses in the School.  A drawing school for developing artists and designers to have a creative forum and discourse.
  • Dedicated work placements
    Enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent Technology placements undertaken at GlaxoSmithKline, Jagex Ltd and PepsiCo UK 

  • Gurus and Grasshoppers mentoring scheme
    Benefit from support from your peers, and gain ownership of your course; final year students mentor new students on formal assignments, and additional areas they identify together 

  • Newly developed, dedicated facilities
    Enjoy open access to our brand new multi-purpose studios with specialist facilities such as; iMacs and large format printing, letterpress and screening facilities. As well as access to green screen studios, videos and audio editing suites and large photography and printmaking workshops 

  • Enjoy an international experience with  #DMUglobal
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a  #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.

This course will give you practical skills in a wide range of specialist areas of professional interactive graphic design. 

You will work on a series of major personal projects to build your portfolio and professional skills, including undertaking live briefs from the design industry. 

This industry-focused course ensures you will experience what it takes to be a successful interactive graphic designer and graduate with a portfolio demonstrating your capabilities and talents. 

This course is designed for those with a specific interest in the cutting edge digital arts. Our well established Graphic Design courses focus more on traditional and core design skills such as editorial design, image making or advertising, whilst this programme focuses on pushing the conventions of digital applications and user experiences through a hands-on approach in communicating visual solutions and spaces to a wide audience.


"This course has broadened my skill set incredibly, opened up my mind to new ways of thinking using different methods, and given me the chance to experiment with ways of working that I wouldn’t have otherwise. "

Lucy Depardieu, Graphic Design and Illustration graduate


Find out what makes a great portfolio

Graphic Design portfolio advice



*The latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2013/14


Graduate success and news

Danielle sees her designs on Paperchase shelves after winning national competition

Amy's career kick-started thanks to DMU Graduate Champions

Gold, silver and bronze - DMU students clean up at packaging awards!


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Graphic Design BA (Hons)



  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W221

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 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: W221

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.


How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using the DMU Online Portal.


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

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 2018 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 Illustration
  • Media and Communication Technology for Illustration 1
  • Pathway Preparation Workshops

Year two

  • Integrated Graphic Studies
  • Integrated Pathway Studies
  • Applied Illustration Studies
  • Media and Communication Technology for Illustration 2

Year three

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

Teaching takes place through workshops, seminars, and interactive lectures from leading practitioners and experts. There is a vibrant studio culture, with projects supported by tutors on a one-to-one or small group basis. You can choose from a wide range of specialist topics and develop personal critical skills through a series of critiques and presentations of work to tutors, peers and industry experts.

Teaching staff are practising designers with a range of experience. They have close industry links which allows you to spend time working with professional clients, recent examples include Next, George, OhhDeer, Checkland Kindlesides, Codemasters and Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival. 


You 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 is continuous, with specialist staff providing feedback as your work develops. You will typically have 12-16 timetabled taught hours and undertake at least 24 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

The current home of De Montfort Students' Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.

The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, on the ground floor is a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary  and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.

A newly-created staircase in the centre of the building leads up to the first floor, where the DSU officer team has new offices. 

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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

They can be found working at some of today’s top design agencies and businesses including Google, Sony Playstation, Disney Studios, Landor Associaties, Yahoo, Adtrak, GlaxoSmithKline, Burberry, Next, Warner Music and Fontshop, Cite, Bulb Studios and more.

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 course is designed to lead into global careers in UX (User Experience) Design, UI (User Interface) design, web design and development, app design, graphic design, animation and motion graphics.



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 #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers 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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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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