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BA (Hons) Graphic Communication — Overview

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication is an ambitious course that responds to the opportunities presented through emerging communication methods. It supports the development of specialist and generalist approaches to graphic communication, with a focus on the opportunities afforded by advances in new technologies alongside those offered by traditional or hybrid approaches. 

Graphic design is a central component in the course, but this forms part of a wider understanding and application of expanded communication methods through graphic means. 

Effective communication is essential if we are to face the many challenges in front of us as a global community.

Graphics is an international language with which to create 360 degree communication with each new generation.

Font studio Dalton Maag give a talk to our students about their latest projects.

Working with both physical and digital resources, students will forge their own professional journey within an ever expanding communication landscape. Students will have opportunities to explore motion, print, social and interactive media, to produce powerful and meaningful graphic content. 

We work with design agencies and public communication voices regionally, nationally and worldwide on commercial campaigns and social media. Recently our students have worked with JDO Raw, Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs, Plymouth Design Forum, Upshot Design Agency, Creative Conscience, Getty Images, Trevor Pettit, and Ramuntcho Matta.

Examples of first destination graduate appointments and roles include:

Designer at JC Decaux; Junior Designer at Pro Direct; Graphic Designer at Brand Potential; Junior Graphic Designer at Studiose; Freelance Designer at Walgreens, Boots Alliance; UX Designer/Web Developer; Designer at Sponge Plymouth, UK; Designer at Felt Branding Agency, UK, Designer at 33 Seconds.

Core specialisms include: 

Digital Graphics, Motion Graphics and Emerging Technologies, Graphic Design and Typography, Brand Identity, Brand Communications, Social Media Campaigns.

Recent external contributors to the programme include:

  • The Design Kids
  • Creative Conscience
  • Plymouth Design Forum
  • Upshot Design Agency
  • Getty Images
  • James Edgar
  • Trevor Pettit
  • Ramuntcho Matta

This course was previously titled BA (Hons) Graphic Design. The new title reflects the inclusion of a broader range of communication methods available using modern technology. 

Please note, this programme is only available for full time study, a part time study offering is not available.

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication — Modules

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication — Staff

Amanda Duffin

Amanda Duffin
Senior Lecturer and Subject Leader

Amanda has over 25 years experience in all areas of brand communications, from working at board level and shaping a brand, to delivering compelling and appealing visual messages for various B2B and B2C companies including; Sainsbury’s, Worcester Warriors Premiership Rugby Club, Neal’s Yard Remedies, various national Universities, Hilton Hotels, AGA, Fired Earth and Sony, to name a few.

She holds a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Plymouth University, which she completed in 1997. Prior to returning to her roots at Plymouth College of Art, she lectured on the Foundation Degree in Graphic Design at University Centre Weston and the BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree at The University of Gloucestershire.

She is currently undertaking an MA in Creative Education and her research interests include exploring how creativity comes about, what lies at the very conception of creative ideas, and creative block and loss of creative confidence.

She is 100% dedicated to nurturing creativity and is an advocate of inspiring an environment where students grow through collaboration, not competition, resulting in the production of powerful, resonating creative output that truly connects in the way intended.

She splits her time between leading the BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme at Plymouth College of Art, running her brand consultancy, and managing the Creative Confidence in Design Forum. She also has interests in traditional processes, such as letterpress and screen-printing, and can be found (or not found) most weekends exploring the coast in her T5 camper van.

Frédérique Santune

Frédérique Santune

Frédérique is a designer with fifteen years experience focused on cultural and educational fields, mainly in Paris.

Currently a PhD student at CADRE University of Wolverhampton, she is educated to Masters level in Art and Design, specialising in graphic and digital design, at école supérieure d’art et de design d’Amiens, France. She also gained an extra research year in interactive research A.R.I. at école nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, Paris.

Frédérique is interested in both paper and screen-based media, as long as it involves user journeys through words. She focuses her teaching on encompassing practice and theory, informed by a cross-disciplinary approach. Here at Plymouth College of Art, Frédérique teaches BA (Hons) Graphic Design theory and practice and is a Subject Tutor for our MA Visual Communication programme.

Andrew Way

Andrew Way

Andrew has been at Plymouth College of Art since 1992 as a lecturer teaching on a range of courses – from National Diploma Graphic Design, Multimedia, Digital Graphics through to Foundation Degree Graphic Design, FD Illustration, BA (Hons) Graphic Design.

His main specialist interests and teaching practice lies in new media technology, incorporating digital image manipulation, website design static and animated - for mobile phone, and tablet devices.

Andrew’s current research practice is focused on developing online interactive teaching materials, animated video student promotional showreels, and experimentation with future developments such as motion tracking and touch screen systems.

Previously Andrew worked commercially within the print industry designing products ranging from small items like business cards to full-colour editorial magazines and websites.

Andrew was certified as an Adobe Campus Leader in 2018. Adobe Campus Leaders are a global community of educators who foster creativity with Adobe solutions.

Matthew Thame

Matthew Thame

As a practicing graphic designer and founder of Studio Auto, Matt Thame has consistently reinvented and modified his output, resulting in a body of work that is both extensive and incredibly diverse.

Matt has built an international reputation for striking design work for the music industry, with a prolific output for many major record labels. His work on album covers for labels such as Strut Records & Universal is particularly renowned. Studio Auto continues to broaden its client base to include current arts organisations, corporate identities and independent artists.

Matt works in a multi-disciplinary style incorporating illustration, photography and typography in a flexible and individual approach to each project.

As a tutor at Plymouth College of Art, Matt enjoys sharing ideas, encouraging potential, expanding skills and communication, drawing on his own experiences as a working designer to complement and enhance the students discovery into the demanding standards that are required of a contemporary graphic designer, in presentation, creative process, conceptualization and art direction.

Sam Rowe

Sam Rowe

Sam Rowe is a Lecturer and Subject Leader on BA (Hons) illustration, where he team-teaches modules on sequential illustration, professional practice, and independent and self promotional practices.

Outside of his time teaching at Plymouth College of Art, Sam is a freelance illustrator working mostly in editorial newspapers and magazines, with clients such as The New York Times, Financial Times, NPR and The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.

He has also worked as a graphic designer with Dyson, Bristol University, St Monica Trust and other clients. Prior to joining the teaching staff at the college, Sam taught illustration at the universities of Gloucestershire and Plymouth.

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication — Student Work

Thyra Bankole

Tatsu Ishikawa

Max Burke

Todd Taylor

Ash Henderson

Hannah Pellatt

Betsy Humberstone

Charlotte Johnstone

Hope Parnell

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication — Students Say

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication — Careers & Alumni

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication — Entry Requirements

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication — Resources

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication — Interview

UCAS Code: W214 Full Time