A quick summary of this course
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 can respond proactively and professionally to the demands of this vibrant industry.
On this inspiring course you will develop strong creative and technical abilities in graphic and media design with the emphasis on developing your individual ability. Our smaller group sizes mean you can access help from industry-active tutors and technicians – as and when you need it. You will be encouraged to personalise your journey through the course based on your passions and aptitudes, and to develop your own, unique graphic style.
You will develop skills that will enable you to find employment within the exciting world of the creative industries.
These skills include:
Editorial design (Design for books, magazine and websites), Graphic Illustration & Graphic Arts, Motion graphics, Packaging design, Branding, Information graphics, UI (user interface design & UX (User Experience design), Book arts, Web design, App design, Animation, Advertising and Design theory.
You will learn these design skills through a project based approach supported by workshops to teach the necessary technical and software skills. Students are continually challenged to examine and contextualise their ideas, research, and design practice against traditional and emerging forms of visual communication and information design.
Graphic Arts pathway:
In recent years there has been a substantial growth in self-employed practitioners of Graphic Arts creating self-initiated artwork for the design industry, retail, fashion and global peer-to peer commerce sites such as Etsy, Threadless and Zazzle.
The Graphic Arts pathway will allow highly creative students to adopt an individual approach to creating experimental and original ‘art’ within the context of visual communication. You’ll be encouraged to consider how traditional and emerging technologies can be harnessed to communicate effectively and given opportunities to discover and develop your voice as a graphic artist. Designed for developing graphic artists the pathway acknowledges the way in which current visual communication disciplines overlap, encouraging you to master a broad range of skills so you can become a versatile, resourceful graduate.
Located in our university-level campus with other creative courses, you’ll find it is easy to cross boundaries, work with degree students in other disciplines and undertake collaborative projects.
You will be able to work on ‘real’ industry projects throughout the course. We have well developed links with media industries in the region, London and nationally and you will be able to gain invaluable professional experience and work placements. Graduates have the opportunity to exhibit at D&AD ‘New Blood’ in London or similar graduate exhibitions.
We welcome mature students onto the course wishing to retrain or up skill as part of a career change.
- The course is delivered by experienced, practicing creative industry professionals whose work includes screen and print based media in a wide variety of contemporary contexts
- You can collaborate on projects with other students including photographers, illustrators, animators and digital film makers
- The course enjoys excellent connections with external employers who provide plenty of opportunities for work and commissions with real and current outcomes within the curriculum
- As a First year student you are provided with your own desk which you can personalise. Second and third year students share a large professional studio space.
- Sustainability and the environment are central to good design and you can explore them in relation to contemporary social and cultural contexts
What you will experience
- Lots of tutor and technician contact time and open access to all workshops when you need them.
- A personalised journey of study which responds to your needs and interests
- We encourage our students to enter national and international awards and competitions such as the RSA, D&AD and YCN.
- We go to some great places including New York, Rome, Paris, Barcelona and Berlin.
- We have our own Pop-up Shop where we design, produce and sell a range of student made graphic art.
- We support creative student collectives who produce exciting artwork including club visuals and design work for the music industry.
- We actively support students by providing a diverse set of 'live' or client-led briefs of which many are paid.
Careers & Progression
Why take this course?
The majority of our students successfully gain employment in the graphic design and media industries, across a range of specialist areas such as editorial design, web design, advertising, branding and identity. Students have also gone onto study at postgraduate level.
Starting salaries can be around £18,000 a year. Experienced graphic designers can earn between £19,000 and £38,000 a year, and senior graphic designers can earn up to, and over, £50,000 (Figures are intended as a guideline only).
There are almost 200,000 people working in the design industry, of which 51% are in communications, interior and exhibition, 42% are in product and industrial design, and 7% are in stage and set design. There are over 18,000 businesses, of which 94% employ less than 50 people.
Workshops & Studios
We have excellent IT facilities all running industry standard software on PC and Apple systems including video editing suites, animation suites and medium and large format professional quality printers. We have excellent craft based workshops for traditional image making techniques such as UV screen printing, stencilling, letter press printing and fabric printing. We have two laser cutters including an industrial laser cutter which can cut and etch onto circular shapes such as bottles and etch lines as thin as 0.1mm. And, because our courses are small you will be able to take advantage of easy access to all the workshops as and when you need them.
The creative jobs of our graduates
Our students go on to achieve employment success across the creative industries and/or study at postgraduate level.
Some of the employers our graduate students are working for:
- The Partners design consultancy- London
- AQQA publishing- London
- BurgoPak packaging-London
- Gingernut Creative agency-Birmingham
- Darke Jones Digital Agency -Birmigham
- Et Al Design consultants -Oxford
- BigHelping consultancy-Worcester
- V8 Media-Herefordshire
- Design by soap- Herefordshire
The employers below are just some of the companies who employ our graduates, provide work experience and lecture on the course