Course summary

This well-established and broad-based course aims to encourage your creativity, individuality and personal growth through the study of graphic communication design. The emphasis is on the application of skills to develop ideas and present information in ways that are engaging, meaningful, useful and worthwhile.

You will be encouraged to develop your awareness and understanding of the social contexts and environmental responsibilities of design so that you can identify communication strategies that will enrich people's lives by enabling them to be better informed about the world in which they live.

You will learn to engage audiences through imaginative and creative design solutions that may challenge, persuade, shock, provoke, excite and entertain, but always aim to inform. You will also develop the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study in this course.

Year 1

The modules introduce you to a variety of historical, theoretical and conceptual issues, and to processes related to the generation, development and production of designed outcomes. Exercises and project work enables you to demonstrate your understanding of some of the basic principles of design and encourage awareness of their relevance and importance within design and communication.

Subjects of study include:

  • Design History and Culture
  • Design Process
  • Typography and Communication
  • Visual Language and Communication
  • Visual Narratives
  • Visual Representation

Credit Level 4

Year 2

You will carry out a greater degree of independent study, and support and develop project work with research, analysis and selection. The modules encourage your personal awareness and reflection and offer you a degree of choice and selection of project options and media outcomes. During the Professional Practice module, you can undertake studio placements, and engage with contemporary design practice.

Subjects of study include:

  • Authorship and Interaction
  • Live Projects
  • Professional Practice
  • Representation of Information
  • Typography and Communication

Credit Level 5

Year 3

You will have an increased degree of personal choice for the development of independent, high-quality work, demonstrating the higher level challenges of synthesis and innovation. In-depth research and design work will be characterised by your ability to analyse, synthesise and apply creatively what you have learnt during the course. The range of projects undertaken may include animation and visual narratives; exhibition and installation design, design for screen and interaction; signage, wayfinding, and environmental graphics; and typography and design for print.

Subjects of study include:

  • Contextual Studies Report
  • Design Research and Development
  • Information Applications
  • Launch Pad
  • Major Project

Credit Level 6

Entry Requirements

UK

  • A Levels - BB/CCC
  • International Baccalaureate - 26 points (minimum)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 25 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction. GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in the grading system prior to 2017) in English.

If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 5.5 in each element.

Ideally, you should have obtained the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Pass-Merit depending on overall academic profile) but other equivalent qualifications are welcomed. You may be required to bring a portfolio of practical work to interview.

EU/International

  • International Baccalaureate - 26 points (minimum)

If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 5.5 in each element.

Ideally, you should have obtained the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Pass-Merit depending on overall academic profile) but other equivalent qualifications are welcomed. You may be required to bring a portfolio of practical work to interview.

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Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 12, 2019
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13,400 GBP
international - UK/EU: £9,250 (fees per academic year)
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