This award-winning course will give you the chance to learn about graphic design and engage with it in a way that reflects current industry practice.
You will have the chance to study the broadest range of disciplines including typography, branding, advertising,
illustration, editorial design, interactive design, animation, moving image, information design, and packaging.
The course will equip you with the professional, creative, intellectual, and technical skills you need to work successfully within the global design profession, and it is known for producing interdisciplinary graduates who are industry-ready.
By the end of the course you will have developed a professional portfolio tailored to your own career aspirations, and be ready to launch your career as a designer.
- Gain a professionally accredited degree – this course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD).
- This course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, a mark of quality and strong links with industry.
- Explore the whole subject area of graphic design – from typography to illustration, and from branding to interactive design.
- Learn in a creative studio environment, using industry-standard equipment and software.
- Spend your final year developing a professional portfolio in line with your career aspirations.
- Work on live briefs with national and international companies like Abercrombie & Fitch, Tigerprint, Hallmark, and Paul Smith.
- Develop your professional skills through self-initiated work experience placements, competitions, collaborations with organisations, and visiting lecturers.
- Apply to go on an overseas exchange to a partner university in Europe through the Erasmus programme.
- Go on field trips and optional study visits to cities like New York, Berlin, and Barcelona.
- Be selected to showcase your work at London graduate exhibitions including D&AD New Blood, New Designers, and our Royal Society of the Arts Portfolio Review event.
- 95% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2015/16)
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How you're taught
Studio practice is a key element of this course, and you'll spend a lot of time in a creative studio environment. Teaching and learning experiences will include:
- studio activities
- peer groups
- group tutorials
- one-to-one surgeries
- portfolio reviews
- self-initiated work experience.
Assessment is 100% coursework. You will be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade. You will receive feedback throughout. Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:
- a portfolio of design work
- lecture quizzes
- a dissertation.
Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.
Trips and study visits
Our Graphic Design students have recently travelled to New York and Berlin on optional trips, where they visited design studios and met practitioners.
Trips also offer the chance to explore museums and galleries, and gather insights and inspiration to inform your own practice and project development. Year One and Two students have recently attended the Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival at Somerset House in London.
The University is part of the Erasmus programme and has agreements with a number of partner institutions throughout Europe.
If you're thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus is a great way of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, learning a new language, and gaining a study experience which will enhance your CV. Exchanges usually take place during Year Two of your studies.
Recent exchange destinations our Graphic Design students have visited include the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
You will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final-year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.
You will also have the opportunity to take part in our final year portfolio review at the Royal Society of Arts, and to be selected to exhibit your work at D&AD New Blood and New Designers graduate shows in London, where your work will be viewed by industry.
- Year 1 coursework (100%).
- Year 2 coursework (100%).
- Year 3 coursework (100%).
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%), independent study (79%).
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).
Careers and employability
This course has a reputation for employment, with many graduates securing jobs at well-known design consultancies. Some choose to use their skills in other fields such as teaching and management, while others go on to set up their own business or work on a freelance basis. 95% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2015/16)
Graduates from this course are now working in areas such as:
- branding and identity
- art direction
- motion graphics and post production
- design for screen and interactive design.
Recent graduate destinations and job roles include:
- Abercrombie & Fitch, graphic designer
- BYG Systems, illustrator / artist
- Benoy, junior graphic designer
- Design Bridge, graphic designer
- Hallmark Cards, designer
- Household Design, junior 2D designer
- Interbrand, junior designer
- Rare Breed Marketing, account executive
- River Island, assistant online graphic designer
- Start Judgegill, graduate designer
- Stockdale Martin, graphic design
- TMW Unlimited, junior motion designer
- Webb deVlam, graphic design intern
- Zoocha, junior web designer
- Skew, graphic designer.
YouFirst – working with our Employability team
Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the Internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and for up to three years after completing your course.
Links with industry
Industry professionals visit the course to guest lecture and share their experiences. Recent visitors have included:
- Ben Brookbanks, MultiAdaptor
- Bruno Maag, Dalton Maag
- Freda Sack, The Foundry
- Jack Renwick, Jack Renwick Studio
- James Richards and Sean Murphy, Kind Studio
- Jonathan Barnbook, Barnbrook
- Mike Meyer, sign painter
- Norman Hayes, Waste Studio
- Phil McNeill, Kin Design
- Richard de Hoxar, Vault 49
- Roderick Mills, illustrator
- Stephen Woowat, Something More.
Our students have also recently worked on live projects with Cartils, Vault 49, Hallmark and Tigerprint.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), giving you free membership during your studies. You will also have access to CSD online careers advice, guidance, and vacancies.
Work placement and internship opportunities
You'll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies. Course staff will support you by directing you towards work placement and professional practice opportunities.
Our Graphic Design students have recently gained work experience with companies such as:
- Aardman Animations
- Esquire magazine
- The Observer.
You will be based in the Waverley building, a dedicated Art and Design building. Facilities and equipment include:
- Mac suites equipped with software including Adobe Creative Suite, CINEMA 4D, and Final Cut Pro
- studios dedicated to print, interactive media, and moving image.
All of these are supported by experienced technical staff. You will also have access to the School of Art & Design's resources, which include camera stores, photographic studios, screen printing, laser cutting, and 3D printing.