BA (Hons) Design for Publishing


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Program Description


Recent graduates of our Design for Publishing degree have found employment in many leading art and design studios working in graphic design, editorial design, production and printing, creative direction, interface design, advertising and copywriting.

Your design for publishing skills

Working in large, open plan design studios, you’ll learn advanced techniques to produce professional print and bound documents such as books, journals and magazines, as well as digital publications.

Your creativity will be informed by the content you’re working with, but your natural urge to experiment and innovate, coupled with your developing skills and insight, will motivate you to explore and exploit the possibilities inherent in each brief.

Your design for publishing future

Our undergraduate Design for Publishing course enjoys a strong profile within the industry because of the high reputation of its graduates and a long history of student success in national and international design competitions. These include winners of the Society of Publication Designers Student Design competitions, the B.W. Honeycutt Award and the British Book Design Production Awards.

You’ll find industry expertise is woven into the degree, with some of the most influential professional designers – David Pearson (Type as Image), Rick Banks (Face37) and Hannah Little (Little, Brown Book Group) – informing course content, contributing to the TALK lecture series and setting practical live briefs.

Graduates work in a broad range of careers including:

  • Magazine Designer
  • Book Jacket Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Editorial Designer
  • Newspaper Designer
  • Publishing Designer
  • Digital Publisher
  • Creative Director
  • Interface Designer
  • Copywriter
  • Printmaker/Printer

Course content

Year 1

  • Have your preconceptions challenged by projects that inspire you towards creative and bold new ideas
  • Develop key technical skills in various design-related digital media such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Develop skills in typography, printing, layout, photography, research skills, idea generation, visual narrative and story-telling
  • Develop skills in designing solutions to present complex data and information through editorial design and infographics
  • Explore print, paper, material, format and hand-craft/making skills

Year 2

  • Focus on typographic detail, layout, and structure, readability, simplification of complex information and its effective communication
  • Explore editorial design, type for screen and digital environments, bookbinding, folding and experimental formats, specialist print finishing, newspaper design, book cover design, exhibition and spatial design, sound and motion design, art direction, visual journalism, user interface design, large-scale design, experimental image-making, complex data visualisation, typeface design, type as image and creative writing
  • Understand storytelling through text and image
  • Explore working in a team and developing a creative role through the course and university-wide collaborative projects

Year 3

  • Enhance your creative thinking and problem solving to demonstrate mastery of typographic principles, experimental image use, art direction, dynamic use of composition and narrative-based storytelling
  • Consolidate your understanding of print, digital design as well as exhibition, immersive/experience design and large-scale graphics
  • Create a professional portfolio of work - in multiple formats including physical and online - directed by your specific discipline interests
  • Respond to competition briefs and other professionally-focused projects
  • Complete a Research Report that provides broad contextualisation to your practice

Entry Requirements

Typical UK offers

A / AS Levels – GCE
GCE A/AS Levels 3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB, at least one of which must be in an art, design or media related subject. Where candidates are not taking 3 A-levels, NUA will consider combinations of A-level/AS-level and other Level 3 qualifications.

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction, Merit, Merit in an art, design or media related subject

BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction*, Distinction* in an art, design or media related subject

UAL Extended Diploma

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)

International Baccalaureate Diploma
A minimum of 32 points

NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through interview and portfolio review so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.

If you are studying at the time of your application and your interview is successful, it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.

If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications. Please do contact our Student Recruitment Team if you have any queries.

International applications

We accept qualifications from all over the world, to find our entry requirements from a specific country, please check our dedicated international pages.

Most international students are required to hold an English language qualification. Applicants are required to have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS exam score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each section. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable such as, IB English language syllabus A or B/English Literature (Grade 4).

You can email us on if you’d like to discuss your application individually.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has established itself in arts, design and media education for over 170 years. But while our history can be traced back to 1845, our outlook is forward-thinking.

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has established itself in arts, design and media education for over 170 years. But while our history can be traced back to 1845, our outlook is forward-thinking. Read less