Modules are designed to be flexible so you can specialise in either graphic design or illustration early in the course or take your time deciding while you get a feel for different art forms.
This means that you will be working in a highly creative and stimulating environment where craft-based skills flourish alongside new technology using a variety of traditions including drawing, typography, image making and inventive approaches to new media. Even the John Lennon Art and Design Building, where the School is based, is considered a work of art, having been nominated for the prestigious Stirling Prize.
Our close links with the local and national creative industries have resulted in collaborations, 'live' projects and internship opportunities, all of which are essential preparation for your future career.
This course has a reputation for excellence and we are proud to have produced some of the country’s most innovative and respected designers and nillustrators. They include Paul Pensom, who is current Art Editor at Creative Review; Joe Stottard, designer at Adidas in Germany; James Gilmore, designer at Design Studio, responsible for the recent rebranding of The Premier League and Airbnb; Malik Thomas-Smeda who was commissioned by the National Football Museum in Manchester; Al Murphy, freelance illustrator with an international client base including MTV, Guardian and TimeOut NY; Kirsty White, who won first prize in the national 2010 Penguin Book Design Awards; Luke Sanders, who designed the 2009 D&AD Annual which was art directed by the world-renowned Peter Saville; Katy Foster whose final year project was featured in the book Data Flow 2 – Visualising Information in Graphic Design and Owain Bentley, whose final year film was shown at Glastonbury.
Additional opportunities available outside of the studio include study trips at each Level (typically to Manchester, London and Berlin) and the prestigeous Susan Cotton Travel Awards and Sue Dunthorne Travel Bursaries, that give students opportunities to undertake overseas trips for personal and professional development.