BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Welcome to Graphic Design

The BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme introduces you to the importance of connecting design processes with research. It forms the basis for developing a practical understanding of key disciplines that include: Illustration typography, printmaking, user experience (UX), user interfaces (UI) and other digital based platforms.

The programme’s teaching team is comprised of practicing designers and consultants who have up-to-date knowledge and professional skills relevant to industry employment and the generating of career opportunities.

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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.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Most modules count for 15 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours, which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

Year One (Level 4) Year Two (Level 5) Year Three (Level 6) Contextual Studies

Portfolio of artwork supported by 64 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.

*2017-18 UCAS Tariff

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Additional requirements:

  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years and of having studied within the last five years
  • a face-to-face interview is required before an offer is made.

Our graduates go on to various positions in art and design, including graphic design, illustration, typography, packaging design, web design, education, multi-media, exhibition design and journalism.

Our students often progress on to 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.

Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.

Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.

When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations

Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

 Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

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BA (Hons) Graphic Design - Full-time
LevelLevel 6
LocationColchester
Duration3 Years
UCAS CodeW214
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £9,250 per year
BA (Hons) Graphic Design - Part-time
LevelLevel 6
LocationColchester
Duration6 Years
Course CodeZH1BAGDP01
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £4,625 per year
Year One (Level 4)

Module Code and Title:

BAGD01C Introduction of Graphic Design Processes (30 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to introduce students to essential art and design processes, skills, and visual language which create the foundations for future research in Graphic Design.

What do I learn?
You will be introduced to subject-specific software, such as In-design, Illustrator, and Photoshop, as well as traditional processes such as silkscreen and letterpress.

What’s the assignment?
There are two parts to submit. One is a body of material outcomes based on a brief that changes each year. ­­The other is research and development work that supports your final pieces.

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BAGD02C Introduction to Study Skills and Personal Planning (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module introduces you to the Higher Education learning environment.

It will equip you with the skills to reflect on your learning and experience as a student.

What do I learn?

  • Appreciation and understanding of the requirements of a HE learning environment
  • Identifying, recording and practicing the skills required to be successful in your studies
  • The ability to record and reflect upon the development of your learning

What’s the assignment?

A 10-minute audio-visual presentation to your peer group, a reflective online journal, and a 1,500-word report on your learning experience.

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BAGD03C Exploration of Graphic Design Practices (30 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module enables students to create and investigate a series of briefs in order to explore their potential as illustrators or designers in greater depth. The module concentrates on brief development, and the resolution of technical detailing and specification with regards to the production and presentation of the final brief outcome.

What do I learn?
You will learn to critically engage with structured briefs, analysing and investigating current Graphic Design theory and practice as well as applying process skills learnt in the first semester.

What’s the assignment?
There are two parts to submit. One is a body of material outcomes based on a brief that changes each year. ­­The other is research and development work that supports your final pieces.

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

BAGD04C Critical and Contextual Research (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

A range of lectures and seminars, running throughout the academic year, on the history and development of art and design practice.

What do I learn?

You will learn about the social, economic, political, industrial, technical and environmental contexts within which art, design & craft are conceived and produced.  You will also develop your communication, research and analytical skills and your ability to write coherently and present your ideas to an audience.

What’s the assignment?

You are asked to give a 10-minute presentation and submit an illustrated essay or report (2,000 words) on a topic agreed with your tutor.

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BAGD05C Photography for Advertising (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module introduces students to the materials, techniques and terminology related to specific creative and technical processes in photography and advertising.

What do I learn?
How to use photography to develop and produce a print-based advertising campaign to meet the requirements of a specific brief.  You will develop skills in creatively exploring how photography can communicate ideas to a target audience and how this imagery might function alongside text in an advertising context.

What’s the assignment?
There are two parts to submit. One is a body of material outcomes based on a brief that changes each year. ­­The other is research and development work that supports your final work.

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BAGD09C Introduction to Digital Imaging and Manipulation (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

While you are learning basic technical skills with analogue equipment and processes in the studio module, this support module will be equipping you with complementary skills in digital imaging and, in particular, with image-editing and digital manipulation.

What do I learn?

You will be introduced to the industry-standard software package, Adobe Photoshop, and guided through a wide range of techniques and processes that are commonly used to edit digital images in differing commercial applications.

What’s the assignment?

You will produce a portfolio of digitally manipulated images that demonstrate a range of different techniques. The portfolio will be supported by appropriate visual research and the preparatory work used in developing your ideas for the images, and a record of the various editing techniques you’ve used and your analysis of how successful they’ve been.

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BAGD07C Introduction to Drawing Processes (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This is a practice-based module that supports the developmental work being done in your main studio modules, enabling you to effectively employ a range of drawing approaches and processes.

What do I learn?

You will be introduced to a variety of drawing materials, techniques and processes.  This will include building an understanding of the principles underlying different approaches to drawing, developing your mark-making and drawing skills, and acquiring a deeper understanding of contextual and conceptual elements of historical and contemporary practices.

What’s the assignment?

There are two elements to submit: Written & Illustrated File [20%], which is all contextual research material on other artists’ work and your reflective writing about it, and Material Outcomes [80%], which is your portfolio of drawing works, sketchbooks and a 500-word Critical Appraisal of your work.

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Year Two (Level 5)

Module Code and Title:

BAGD01I Development of Graphic Design Processes (30 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module enables students to explore the basic materials of their specialist area and the technologies with which these materials are traditionally used. They will also be expected to question these traditional methodologies, experiment and discover their own, personal ways of utilising materials and technologies.

What do I learn?
You will learn in greater depth specialist processes relevant to your own specific area of study. This is underpinned with ‘live’ briefs that all students undertake.

What’s the assignment?
There are two parts to submit. One is a body of material outcomes based on a selection of set and ‘live’ briefs that changes each year. ­­The other is research and development work that supports your final pieces.

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BAGD02I Personal Development Planning (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is about independently assessing and reflecting on your learning so far and considering your plans for the future, identifying the skills you have already learned and where you might need to apply yourself more in order to achieve those goals.

What do I learn?

You will develop your independence in applying study skills, which will help you in your studies and career, such as identifying and assessing personal strengths and weaknesses, planning and organising developmental needs and making reflective and critical judgments.

What’s the assignment?

You will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation on an agreed career development proposal and submit a 2,000-word Reflective Report and online illustrated journal.

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BAGD03I Investigation of Graphic Design Practice (30 Credits)

What’s it about?
Students will explore and confirm their chosen area of specialization through the selection of a range of briefs. Workshops will be augmented by project work which, whilst requiring a creative outcome, will be achieved using professional studio practice.

What do I learn?
Confirmation of personal Graphic Design practice will enable students to begin making appropriate career plans and seek professional advice and experience over the summer period, in order to focus studies in the third year towards intended career goals and ambitions.

What’s the assignment?
There are two parts to submit. One is a body of material outcomes based on a selection of specialist briefs that changes each year. ­­The other is research and development work that supports your final pieces.

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

BAGD041 Developmental Research (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module builds upon the broad overview of art and design practice introduced in the Critical and Contextual Studies module at Level 4. It will develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of traditional and contemporary theories of art and help you to examine them in relation to your own practice and interests.

What do I learn?

You will learn about contemporary and historical ideas and debates within your subject, and further enhance your abilities to communicate effectively and persuasively in written and spoken form.

What’s the assignment?

You will deliver a 10-minute audio-visual presentation, and an illustrated essay or report (3,000 words) on a research topic agreed with your tutor.

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BAGD08I Design for E-Publishing (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module will focus on E-Publishing and the extent to which it will enable students to engage with the dynamic nature of a rapidly evolving part of the publishing industry, in terms of both the strategic and practical sides of e-publishing, web and pdf interactivity.

What do I learn?
You will learn to create digital pages and templates for use on tablets, phones and screens, and will be creating interactivity: slideshows, web links, web content including HTML5 files, audio, video, video effects and animation, image sequences, panoramas, and icons.

What’s the assignment?
There are two parts to submit. One is a body of material outcomes based on a brief that changes each year. ­­The other is research and development work that supports your final pieces.

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BAGD06I Packaging with Photography (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module aims to encourage the development of a creative approach to photographic techniques in relation to packaging. The integration of knowledge and skills is an important element of this module. 

What do I learn?
Students will learn to use photographic equipment within a professional studio environment as well as developing craft skills to realise design content on 3D packaging.

What’s the assignment?
There are two parts to submit. One is a body of material outcomes based on a brief that changes each year. ­­The other is research and development work that supports your final pieces.

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To see the module description, please click here.

BAGD07I Development of Drawing Processes (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module aims to encourage the development of a personal creative approach to drawing. You will be encouraged to explore conceptual and unorthodox approaches to drawing and mark-making and broaden your understanding of the role drawing can play in your studio practice.

What do I learn?

Through studio-based workshops and tutorials you will develop your skills and ideas via a range of approaches, materials and processes that will typically include observational and analytical drawing, image manipulation and media experimentation. You will also work on your ability to explore, analyse and manipulate imagery, and adopt experimental approaches to the practice and process of drawing and mark making.

What’s the assignment?

There are two elements to submit: Research & Development [40%], which includes all contextual research on other artists, and Material Outcomes [60%], which includes a portfolio of drawing work and a 500-word Critical Self-Appraisal.

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Year Three (Level 6)

Module Code and Title:

BAGD01H Refinement of Graphic Design Processes (30 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module encourages students to explore new and innovative approaches to self-generated or externally set ideas, concepts and proposals. It is an opportunity to refine their personal visual language and practical skills.

What do I learn?
The emphasis for Graphic Design students will be professional standards, in studio practice and presentation. National competitions, where briefs are set by professional bodies, will be entered and/or live briefs will be accepted from organisations outside this institute.

What’s the assignment?
A body of material outcomes based on a selection of specialist competition briefs (D&AD, ISTD, RSA) that changes each year. Research and development work supports your final pieces.

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BAGD02H Professional Development Planning (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is about supporting your preparation for professional progression, by providing a forum for you to reflect on your role as an artist or designer and consider what professional practice or research interests you might pursue following graduation.

What do I learn?

This module will provide an understanding and awareness of the varied and eclectic avenues available to you as an Art and Design graduate. Professional development workshops & visiting lecturers will provide you with practical guidance on working in the creative industries.

What’s the assignment?

There are three elements to submit: an Audio-Visual Presentation [20%] which identifies your postgraduate goals, an Illustrated Blog [40%], with documentation of your research (e.g. CV, funding streams, work and exhibiting opportunities), and an Exhibition Presentation [40%], based on the exhibition of work you present at the end of your final year.

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BAGD03H Professional Graphic Design Practices (30 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module requires you to produce a major body of work for assessment and public exhibition or presentation that represents the culmination and synthesis of your current learning and understanding.

What do I learn?
The emphasis for Graphic Design students will be on establishing a clear relationship between personal ambition and the production of a body of work, which fully demonstrates both the students’ creative potential and technical skills in order for those ambitions to be realised.

What’s the assignment?
A final major project that is self-initiated will be displayed as part of the summer degree show, as well as being exhibited in London.

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BAGD04H Dissertation (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

You will be using your academic and writing skills to engage with in-depth exploration, research and investigation of a subject related to your main studio practice.

What do I learn?

You will learn to plan and write a dissertation that demonstrates logical and consistent structure and fulfils the requirements and standards for academic writing.

What’s the assignment?

There are two assignments to be submitted. Firstly, you will produce a 500-word dissertation proposal to provide a summarized overview of the subject. You will then produce a 6,000-word illustrated dissertation on your chosen subject.

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Contextual Studies

Year One: All Art and Design Pathways

 

Module Code and Title:

BAFA02C, BAFT02C, BAGD02C, BATD02C, BAPH05C:

Introduction to Study Skills and Personal Planning (15 Credits)

 

What’s it about?

This module introduces you to the Higher Education learning environment.

It will equip you with the skills to reflect on your learning and experience as a student.

 

What do I learn?

  • Appreciation and understanding of the requirements of a HE learning environment
  • Identifying, recording and practicing the skills required to be successful in your studies
  • The ability to record and reflect upon the development of your learning

 

What’s the assignment?

A 10-minute audio-visual presentation to your peer group, a reflective online journal, and a 1,500-word report on your learning experience.

 

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

 

 

Module Code and Title:

BAFA04C, BAFT04C, BAGD04C, BAPHO6C, BATD04C:

Critical and Contextual Research (15 Credits)

 

What’s it about?

A range of lectures and seminars, running throughout the academic year, on the history and development of art and design practice.

 

What do I learn?

You will learn about the social, economic, political, industrial, technical and environmental contexts within which art, design & craft are conceived and produced.  You will also develop your communication, research and analytical skills and your ability to write coherently and present your ideas to an audience.

 

What’s the assignment?

You are asked to give a 10-minute presentation and submit an illustrated essay or report (2,000 words) on a topic agreed with your tutor.

 

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

 

 

 

Year Two: All Art and Design Pathways

 

Module Code and Title:

BAFA02I, BAFT02I, BAGD02I, BAPH02I, BATD02I:

Personal Development Planning (15 Credits)

 

What’s it about?

This module is about independently assessing and reflecting on your learning so far and considering your plans for the future, identifying the skills you have already learned and where you might need to apply yourself more in order to achieve those goals.

 

What do I learn?

You will develop your independence in applying study skills, which will help you in your studies and career, such as identifying and assessing personal strengths and weaknesses, planning and organising developmental needs and making reflective and critical judgments.

 

What’s the assignment?

You will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation on an agreed career development proposal and submit a 2,000-word Reflective Report and online illustrated journal.

 

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

 

 

Module Code and Title:

BAFA041, BAFT041, BAGD041, BAPHO41, BATD041:

Developmental Research (15 Credits)

 

What’s it about?

This module builds upon the broad overview of art and design practice introduced in the Critical and Contextual Studies module at Level 4. It will develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of traditional and contemporary theories of art and help you to examine them in relation to your own practice and interests.

 

What do I learn?

You will learn about contemporary and historical ideas and debates within your subject, and further enhance your abilities to communicate effectively and persuasively in written and spoken form.

 

What’s the assignment?

You will deliver a 10-minute audio-visual presentation, and an illustrated essay or report (3,000 words) on a research topic agreed with your tutor.

 

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

 

 

 

Year Three: All Art and Design Pathways

 

Module Code and Title:

BAFA02H, BAFT02H, BAGD02H, BATD02H, BAPH02H:

Professional Development Planning (30 Credits)

 

What’s it about?

This module is about supporting your preparation for professional progression, by providing a forum for you to reflect on your role as an artist or designer and consider what professional practice or research interests you might pursue following graduation.

 

What do I learn?

This module will provide an understanding and awareness of the varied and eclectic avenues available to you as an Art and Design graduate. Professional development workshops & visiting lecturers will provide you with practical guidance on working in the creative industries.

 

What’s the assignment?

There are three elements to submit: an Audio-Visual Presentation [20%] which identifies your postgraduate goals, an Illustrated Blog [40%], with documentation of your research (e.g. CV, funding streams, work and exhibiting opportunities), and an Exhibition Presentation [40%], based on the exhibition of work you present at the end of your final year.

 

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

Module Code and Title:

BAFA04H, BAFT04H, BAGD04H, BATD04H; BAPH04H:

Dissertation (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

You will be using your academic and writing skills to engage with in-depth exploration, research and investigation of a subject related to your main studio practice.

 

What do I learn?

You will learn to plan and write a dissertation that demonstrates logical and consistent structure and fulfils the requirements and standards for academic writing.

 

What’s the assignment?

There are two assignments to be submitted. Firstly, you will produce a 500-word dissertation proposal to provide a summarized overview of the subject. You will then produce a 6,000-word illustrated dissertation on your chosen subject.

 

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

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