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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

All study options

About Graphic Design at Nottingham Trent University

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.

Key features

  • 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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Keep up to date with what our current Graphic Design students are up to by following their Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Student work

  • Work by Annie Dornan-Smith
  • Work by Clara Hancock
  • Work by Gabrielle Leighton
  • Work by Jess Fogarty
  • Work by Jo Guthrie
  • Work by Lucy Featherstone
  • Work by Rosie Taggio
  • Work by Katie Webb

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
  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • 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
  • presentations
  • essays
  • seminars
  • 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.

Exchange opportunities

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.

Degree Show

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.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).
  • Year 3 coursework (100%).

Contact hours

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:

  • packaging
  • branding and identity
  • illustration
  • publishing
  • 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
  • Interbrand
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Sky
  • 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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 13450 per year

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels  or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

Other requirements

The UCAS Tariff

In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don't worry. We've created this calculator to help you work it out.

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can prepare for this course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus, and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

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