BA (Hons) Graphic Design — Overview
The graphic design industry continues to play a vital role within society. This dynamic and continually evolving area has touched every aspect of your day-to-day life, from the packaging and labelling of your favourite jeans to the road signs that guide your journeys.
Our Graphic Design programme will challenge you to explore the relationship between design and the wider world, and encourage you to develop your own ideas and individual style.
Through our commitment to core design skills such as creative and critical thinking, typography, print and layout, idea generation and investigative practice, together with contemporary digital media and experimentation, media and other associated disciplines, we’ll encourage you to develop your own unique voice and approach.
We want our graduates to be future leaders within the design world. We want you to investigate, influence, innovate, and be at the forefront of change.
Across three years of study you’ll cover everything from brand identity to design for print, illustration to information graphics, emerging design contexts such as apps to web-based digital design.
You will also get the chance to exercise your entrepreneurial ambitions and work directly with live clients and design studios, and generate your own saleable design projects.
To be a successful graphic designer you must be innovative, creative and a problem-solver. You’ll need to understand your tools, media, message and audience.
Our programme will help you to develop these critical skills and explore international design practices in a broader professional context.
Our graduates are highly regarded and recognised within the industry. They continue to receive numerous awards, secure work placements and receive input from national and international speakers.
Our three-year programme culminates in a major exhibition of work on a national platform in London. We also take our students on visits and trips to studio design exhibitions across the UK and Europe – such as as our recent visits to London and Berlin.
You’ll gain skills and knowledge, while developing your creativity and understanding of the wider professional context.
You’ll be equipped with a creative tool kit in graphic design, and you’ll develop your independent practice in creative processes in digital and non-digital mediums.
You’ll learn to become independent, and to turn your ambitions into reality through self-promotion and enterprise.
And you’ll develop your own aesthetic sensibilities, powers of innovation, and capacity for intellectual inquiry.
Our graduates do fantastic things – from creating designs for the Rolling Stones and Katy Perry to working with the Bolshoi Theatre, The House London and the Tate.
BA (Hons) Graphic Design – Highlights:
- Our approachable and committed staff have vast experience in design context, typography, letterpress, publishing, installation, interactive design, motion, branding, photography, printmaking, illustration, bookbinding and professional practices
- You can gain first-hand experience of real-life work situations through a Creative Hub studio practice, with job roles and paid projects, giving you the opportunity to develop enterprise skills, and to engage with live client-led briefs
- You’ll have the chance to apply both traditional handcraft resources and digital technology, to support creative, conceptual and innovative design thinking.