This unique degree gives you the chance to develop your skills in graphic and communication design through a variety of briefs aimed at different audiences. It also gives you the benefits of studying at a Russell Group university, where top-class research feeds into teaching to give you a strong grounding in the principles of design, so you can put your work into context.
You'll build professional skills in your practice, devising imaginative and exciting design proposals. You'll also study core modules on the design process and think about the cultural, historical and technological influences that have shaped design and development.
You could choose to learn about typography, information design, digital media, photography and other areas of graphic design. You could even study abroad for a year or spend a year working in industry to gain first-hand experience. It's a great opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to launch a career in this dynamic and competitive industry.
We have plenty of facilities to help you make the most of your time at Leeds. You'll be able to develop your practice in well-equipped studios and purpose-built computer clusters so you can build your skills on both PC and Mac. We also have large format printers, laser cutters and a print making studio.
The University is also home to the M&S Company Archive, including documents, advertising, photos, films, clothing and merchandise from throughout Marks & Spencer's history. It's a fascinating insight into the development of marketing and advertising, and could be a fantastic resource for your independent research.
In your first year you'll build your understanding of studio practice and the design process through project work, as you explore different aspects of graphic and communication design. You'll improve your computer skills, and build on your visual research skills. At the same time, core modules will introduce you to the fundamentals of digital imaging, visual culture and the historical and theoretical approaches to design.
Once you've developed this base of knowledge and skills, you'll build your own design directions as you specialise in graphic design and advertising, packaging design or animation and interactive media throughout your second year. You'll also explore colour, advanced design theory and marketing while building your awareness of professional standards.
Your final year is more industry-focused, and you'll spend much of your time on an independent project to present at your final degree show. You'll also apply the research and critical skills you've gained through your academic studies to a dissertation on a topic of your choice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: ABB including an art or design-related subject and not including General Studies or Critical Thinking.
If you don't have an art or design-related subject but you are taking Media Studies A-level, we may also consider your application based on a high grade at GCSE in Art/Design and a portfolio of images of recent and relevant work.
This degree enables you to build valuable professional skills. You'll be encouraged to engage with a defined audience on each brief you work on, and you'll publicly present your work in your final year. But because a Leeds degree also gives you an academic framework for your design work, you'll also be equipped with a number of transferable skills.
You'll have strong visual and critical awareness, as well as a commercial understanding of advertising and fast-changing markets. You'll have developed research and critical skills that make you an independent thinker, reflecting critically on the information you have and then drawing your own conclusions. All of these qualities are highly valued by employers in a range of industries.
Graduates have gone into careers in a number of different fields. Many continue with their professional practice - our graduates have gone to work for companies like Saatchi + Saatchi, FutureBrand, Exposure, Spiekermann Partners, Zitromat, McCann-Erikson, Smoke & Mirrors, Show Media, Elle Magazine, BBYO, SSY, Allgood, Golden, Prego, Elmwood, Cosmo, Apple, Nike, TBWA, BBH, Wieden + Kennedy, Root and Brand Union.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Leeds students can also spend a year working in industry after their second year. This is particularly popular with design students - it's great for your personal and professional development, and may lead to the offer of apermanent role at placement companies.
Students have carried out placements at companies such as Tequila, FutureBrand, Spiekermann Partners, Zitromat, Show Media, The Chase, Saatchi + Saatchi, BBYO, SSY, Allgood, Prego, Elle Magazine, McCann - Erikson, Yell, Radio Aire and NE6.
Read more about the Year in Industry