BA (Hons) Graphic Design

  • Successes in the most-coveted student award schemes every year.
  • Outstanding connections to industry, including high profile live briefs.
  • A forward-thinking curriculum which prepares our graduates for a wide range of careers.

About the course

Our Graphic Design BA (Hons) programme is driven by a desire to develop graduates that are ready for employment. The course is committed to teaching you how to generate brilliant concepts and the skills required to execute them beautifully. Briefs will allow students to explore the widest definitions of contemporary graphic design by encouraging them to explore their own interests, be experimental and push the boundaries of the subject. Projects will focus on creating typographic and image-based solutions including posters, books, websites and films as well as packaging, identity and typeface design.

We have an enviable record of success. In recent years our students have won over 100 awards in all of the most prestigious national and international design competitions. These include: at least one D&AD pencil every year since 2011; Designer of the Year at New Designers; countless other ISTD, YCN and agency competitions; and various runners-up/finalists’ places in other competitions such at the Penguin Random House Design Award.

Clever, original ideas are vital for a successful career working at the top end of the profession and our course is committed to teaching students how to generate brilliant concepts. We foster a fun yet demanding atmosphere that encourages our students to think independently, question the world around them and be opinionated. Our proximity to London allows us to easily bring in high-quality visiting tutors, all of whom have worked for renowned agencies, and inspiring guest speakers.

Why choose this course?

  • Outstanding connections to industry, including high profile live briefs and visiting speakers.
  • A forward-thinking, ideas-driven curriculum which prepares our graduates for a wide range of careers.
  • A flexible approach which encourages exploration and experimentation in a wide variety of formats.
  • A reputation for success in the most-coveted student award schemes.

What will I study?

Teaching consists largely of project-based work supported by relevant 'skills' based workshops. Students tackle a huge variety of briefs ranging in complexity and time scales. There's also a variety of learning experiences with some projects being team-based, some collaborative with other courses and others are worked on as an individual. We have our own dedicated studio space and encourage a competitive, demanding yet light-hearted atmosphere and pride ourselves on providing a lot of direct contact between staff and students. The teaching team is comprised of individuals who have worked at the top end of the design, advertising and branding industry and now want to pass on their knowledge and expertise. We also organise an annual international study trip, as well as visits to agencies, museums and galleries in London.

Professional Accreditations

Ranked 10th in the country in the design and crafts section of the Guardian's 2017 University League Tables.

Careers

Recent graduates are working at some of the most highly regarded design businesses in the UK, as well as some high profile agencies abroad. We encourage versatility, which can leading to a wide range of career opportunities within the creative industries. We always try to keep in touch with our graduates and maintain an extensive alumni network, with regular reunions where current students can meet and learn from those now in industry.

What job can I get?

Recent graduates are working at some of the most highly regarded design businesses in the UK and internationally. The course can lead to a wide range of career opportunities in design and illustration; particularly in the fields of branding, advertising, interaction, motion graphics, editorial design and art direction. Our graduates have also gone on to set up their own businesses or persued careers as studio managers, teachers, photographers and printmakers.