The graphic and media design industries need designers with innovative and original ideas, who are able to work with a range of processes and formats, and who understand, and are able to respond to the exciting demands of the professional industry. This one-year ‘top-up’ degree aims to bridge the gap between being a design student and becoming a successful professional designer. We achieve this by providing a series of software master classes and design technique workshops focused on your individual needs as a top-up student, you will master existing skills while also learning new skills such as App design or paper mechanics to compliment your portfolio.
This intensive one year course aims to provide students with an opportunity to develop a strong portfolio of design work in an encouraging and creative design environment. You will negotiate project briefs with teaching staff in order to challenge and improve your design skills, as well as responding to a number of ‘live’ project briefs and presentations.
You may concentrate on one area of the design industries such as design for screen or print-based media, or are equally able to produce work in response to a range of design situations.
We welcome mature students who wish to upgrade specialist skills.
These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Click here for more details.
Progression and Careers
Throughout the course, students explore potential areas for employment by visiting design companies, and meeting professional designers for portfolio consultation. For the forthcoming year this will involve students visiting some prestigious design agencies based in London.
At the last graduation ceremony, 80% of students on this course gained a 2:1 or above. These students have successfully gained employment across a number of specialist design areas within the design and media industries, both in the UK and abroad. There is also the option to become a freelance designer, or further progress in education or onto teaching. Other students may want to consider further study at Postgraduate level.
The employers below are just some of the companies who employ our graduates, provide work experience and lecture on the course