BA (Hons) in Graphic Design

This course will introduce individuals to the importance of research and the design process, along with the practical disciplines of typography, illustration, printmaking and digital design.

The BA (Hons) in Graphic Design encourages and enables students to follow their individual pathway through a balanced combination of practice and theory in well equipped studio and workshop environments. Students are encouraged to explore concepts and apply appropriate design methodology and technology towards intelligent information communication. These skills are developed and realised using advertising, graphic design, illustration, packaging, publishing, photography and typography. Analysis, intellect, context, craft skills and the marketplace become the major drivers towards innovative outcomes.

The course prepares students for design studio work covering books, corporate reports and catalogues, journal and magazine design, packaging, corporate identity, poster and information design. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, demonstrations, theoretical and practical investigation, studio and workshop practice, exhibitions and field trips, and self directed study.

BA (Hons) Graphic Design Modules offered:

Year One Compulsory Modules
Year One Optional Support Modules
Year Two Pathway Support Modules
Year Three Modules (All modules are compulsory)

Student Quote

In the second year I have felt a lot more confident with my ideas and projects. This is probably because I have learnt a lot about using new programs and feel able to produce a larger variety of things. I enjoyed designing the broadsheet because we were able to produce work which combined the hand-drawn with digital or different processes such as screen-printing. The punctuation project I also enjoyed because it felt like a team effort. I do like it when we work in groups because this is how it will be when we find jobs.

What Our Graduates Do

“Dan Sly has been exceptional; his technical understanding and software knowledge is far beyond what we were expecting from a graduate. I’m really pleased to have appointed Dan as a Junior Designer with the agency.” Ben Philp, Playgroup Design Agency.

Entry Requirements

Portfolio of artwork supported by 160 UCAS points gained from study on Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or level 3 Diploma in an art related subject along with 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C) including English language, or an Art and Design Foundation Year. Exceptionally, A Level applicants with appropriate portfolio of artwork and knowledge. Students without formal qualifications but with appropriate portfolio of artwork/work experience. All applicants are formally interviewed.

Career Opportunities

Various positions in art and design, including graphic design, illustration, typography, packaging design, web design, education, multi-media, exhibition design and journalism.

Course Progression

An MA in Art or Design specialisms, or Design Management or Marketing. The educational sector can be accessed through a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Postgraduate study in related areas is a further option.

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How To Apply
Subject Area(s)
  • Higher Education (Degree Level)
  • Colchester
UCAS W214 (Full-time)

3 years (Full-time)

6 years (Part-time)

Course Fees

Tuition Fees

Funding Type
  • Funded


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