On this multi-award winning BA (Hons) Graphic Design course, you'll bring your creative ideas to life using the latest software and professional tools. You’ll examine the core principles of graphic design, learning how to apply your talent using traditional and digital media.
You’ll develop creative problem solving skills and learn to use design software including Adobe InDesign and Illustrator to give your design work a professional finish. The skills you acquire will enable you to join and contribute to the constantly evolving world of media and design.
A degree in graphic design could open doors to a career as a graphic designer in areas such as editorial and print design, interactive and web design, motion graphics and specialist typography.
The curriculum on this course has a strong emphasis on research- and industry-informed design practice. Many of the course lecturers are active researchers and we have strong links with the design industry.
Past students from this course have been commended in the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA), and won the You Can Now (YCN) and British Design & Art Direction (D&AD) New Blood “Ones to Watch” awards. Students have also gained membership of the International Society of Typographic Designers, been featured in Digital Arts magazine, Blueprint magazine and Creative Boom, and won designer of the year and the Screening Prize at New Designers.
What you'll experience
On this course, you’ll:
- Access specialist production facilities to develop techniques like screen printing, letterpress, laser cutting and dye sublimation printing
- Take Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) qualifications as part of the course – one of our final-year students won the industry-acclaimed UK Adobe Championship in 2017
- Get an industry perspective from guest speakers – past guests have included Alan Kitching, Mark Ovenden, and industry professionals from design studios FontSmith and SomeOne
- Be taught by a mix of academic staff and working professionals
- Have the opportunity to enter international competitions like YCN, RSA, D&AS and achieve membership of the International Society of Typographic Designers (iSTD)
- Have the opportunity to take part in events like SKY Creative Day
- Choose whether to do a traditional dissertation or produce a practical project
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a graphic design job that puts your skills to work in the creative industries. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
You could work in many areas of media, including:
- magazine design publishing
- branding and design agencies
- art direction and advertising
- website design
- work in the television and film industries
- further study and research
Graduates from this course have gone on to work with these companies and design studios:
- Why Not Associates
- I Love Dust
- Aardman Digital
- The Light Surgeons
- FHM Magazine
You could also set up your own business or work as a freelancer. Examples of businesses past students have set up include:
- Territory Studio
- Bright Agency
- Debut Art
- Strong Island
- MWM Creative
- Lethal Creative Studio
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience as a graphic designer. Previous students have completed work placements at the head offices of organisations such as Debenhams and Sainsbury’s, and agencies such as Really B2B.
Fancy setting up your own graphic design company on your placement year? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.