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BA (Hons) Graphic & Communication Design 2022 Entry

Subject Area
Art & Design
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
3 Years
£7,200 per year
Entry Requirements
32 UCAS Tariff points or relevant experience
Validating partner
The Open University

The course provides a studio and workshop atmosphere where the skills and disciplines of the graphic arts, e.g. digital, illustration and printmaking, can be fully explored. This is supported by state-of-the-art teaching facilities including specialised classrooms, workshops, printing room, photo studios and Apple Macintosh suites to ensure you get the finest experience. You will be introduced to the role of the contemporary graphic practitioner and will develop innovative and original ideas, whilst working with a range of processes and formats in response to the demands of the professional industry.

UCAS Code: W210

UCAS Institution Code: Y70


Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Typography: Design Projects Branding: Design Projects Research Project
Digital & Photography Contextual Influences 2 Independent Project
Contextual Influences 1 Narrative Storytelling Creative Futures
Print & Bookmaking Workshops Professional Practice Competition Briefs

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are 32 UCAS tariff points, a Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels. Significant relevant prior learning and experience will also be considered. You might be asked to submit a portfolio of work to support your application.

On receipt of your application, you will be asked to provide a portfolio that demonstrates your ideas and abilities creatively. This may showcase work you have done at school or college, alternatively this may capture independently devised projects. You will then be invited for interview in which you are able to discuss the course and ask any questions you may have.

Additional costs

Course materials, field trips, printing costs approximately £70 per year. Creative Cloud software license for home use £16 monthly.

Your next steps

On successful completion of the course you might go onto become a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Web Designer, Editorial Designer, Publisher, Branding Manager, Advertising Executive or Brand / Package Designer etc. Students might also choose to go on to higher-level study such as a masters programme.

Method of delivery

The programme is delivered face-to-face in the design studios and workshops, where you will learn a wide range of design skills through practical and project-based activity. This is supported by lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent studio practice. You will also take part in field trips, exhibitions, design conferences and cultural centres, as an exciting and memorable way to put knowledge into context.

How will I be assessed?

Students will develop portfolios of work in response to a brief, these portfolios will be assessed. You will also be encouraged to present ongoing work to your peers and staff as well as industry figures and design studios.

Skills you will learn

Throughout the degree students will develop skills in; a range of digital design skills, conceptual and theoretical methods of design, visual and verbal communication skills, understanding of the creative, social and ethical context of visual communication, critical thinking, creative thinking, analytical response skills, printmaking and photography.

Working on a Branding, Identity and Implementation module, students were given a brief to come up with ideas for an advertising campaign for clients’ Airbnb, designed for a specific target audience. Their task was to produce three static poster adverts and one moving image animation, based around research, objectives, and outcomes. The students’ designs were judged by Publicis Media in London, with each student receiving constructive feedback on their work from the media agency.

Second year student Matthew was delighted to be announced as the winner of the project, with his prize being further work experience with industry experts Publicis Media.

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“It was a great experience. I really enjoyed getting someone from the industry to give me feedback, which allowed me to imagine what my future could be. Talking to Publicis Media helped me to understand the industry more and how it differs from college projects. Everyone's submissions looked great but I'm happy to have won and I look forward to potentially working with Publicis Media in the future."

BA (Hons) Graphic Design & Communication
Course leaders and tutors:
Clare Nattress (FHEA)

is a transdisciplinary artist and educator working in the UK. She is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD at Leeds Beckett University. Her works encompass live data visualisation, mapping systems, endurance performance or action, photography and installation underpinned with conceptual rigour. Working within the intersection of art and science, the artist considers collaborations with scientists and researchers to be a key element in her cross disciplinary work. Clare became a recognised Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2016. She has been lecturing in Art & Design and Graphic Design for the past six years.

Sally Jackson

has a background in surface pattern and has worked in the Interior Design industry, both as Visual Merchandising Manager for Habitat and Interior Designer at Laura Ashley. Sally has worked on domestic, commercial and industrial projects for these companies drawing on skills with surface pattern, window treatments, branding and corporate identities. After studying at Central Saint Martins in London and Leeds College of Art, she gained her PGCE and has been running the Level 3 Graphic Design course at York College for eight years, as well as teaching across the Foundation and BA courses. Her own work focuses on collage, printmaking and experimental drawing, using both paper and fabric. Sally’s main focus now lies in how hand drawn and traditional processes can work together with digital skills to produce original and innovative Graphic Design.

Reuben Witcherley

is a Digital Art specialist, with a primary focus and skill set in digital illustration, branding, animation, page layout, typography, web design, presentation and professional outcomes. Reuben focuses on teaching and refining digital skills across the industry standard Adobe Creative Suite to make sure any creative idea can be put into practice and become a final piece of design at production level. Teaching across various art disciplines within the Further and Higher education environment for 10 years, Reuben has the experience and skill set to give a very well rounded knowledge of digital outputs to prepare students for industry and current professional and working methods.

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