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Hear from current student Sylwia Czarnecka on what it’s like to be part of our BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design course here at HCA.

“The course prepares you for the type of work needed in a workplace including print, digital, web and photography” ~ Cameron Dalimore

This course fosters strong creative and technical abilities in graphic and media design, so that you can take on a wide range of communication tasks and solve them in a creative way. 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. Our smaller group sizes mean you can access help from industry-active tutors and technicians – as and when you need it. And our studios offer a relaxed learning environment with plenty of individual work space.

What we provide:

  • Learn from experienced, practising professionals whose work includes a wide variety of contemporary screen and print media.
  • Fantastic access to teaching staff, workshops, and equipment.
  • Collaborate with: photography, illustration, animation, and film making students.
  • Work on diverse ‘real’ industry projects throughout the course.
  • Explore your own passions, with the option of a graphic arts pathway.
  • Develop your unique graphic voice, free from the constraints of a house style.

Who we work with:

SuperDry Clothing | Hay Festival | MASH Cinema
Our well-developed links with media industries in the region, London, and nationally, offer you invaluable professional experience, the chance of fantastic work placements, and a stimulating external speaker programme. In the past, final year students have also exhibited at high profile graduate showcase exhibitions in London.

Career options:

  • Graphic Designer (employed)
  • Graphic Designer (Freelance self-employed)
  • UI/UX Designer
  • Marketing Designer/producer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Editorial and Print Designer
  • Brand creator and Manager
  • Packaging Designer
  • Art worker/Visualiser
  • Graphic Artist
  • Learning Designer
  • Animator
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Art Director/ Creative Director
  • Studio Manager
  • Teacher

This Key Information document gives you a summary of the core characteristics of the BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design degree at HCA.

Alongside these industry-oriented skills, you will be given the opportunity to explore and develop self-directed work as a graphic artist.

We take an immersive, project-based approach to learning. This is supported by regular workshops teaching vital technical and software skills. Throughout the course, you’ll work on a wide range of external projects, developing your professional practice. In the past, students have worked on live projects for Landor, a global branding consultancy based in London, and with renowned designer, Professor Phil Cleaver on a cookbook design project with his design agency ‘Etal.’ Our students have also raised awareness on environmental issues through t-shirt designs for The Marine Conservation Society, and produced exciting Motion Graphic pieces for Hay Festival.

Being part of a dedicated creative community at HCA means it is easy to cross boundaries, access an exciting range of workshops, and collaborate with students across other disciplines. Recently, students on this course have collaborated with HCA Textile Design, Photography and Illustration students on a range of innovative creative projects.

All students take Critical Studies, to gain fascinating insights into the subject you love. You will explore your specialism and the work of those you admire. We will help you to see your own practice in context with your peers and predecessors; leading to, not only a greater understanding the rich and varied practice of Graphic and Media Design, but who you are as a designer.

Graduates may also have the opportunity to exhibit at D&AD ‘New Blood’ in London or similar graduate exhibitions.

  • Minimum age 18.
  • Successful portfolio interview.
  • Academic achievement – we would normally expect applicants to have achieved 80 UCAS Tariff Points at entry but, whilst qualifications are important, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We may make offers based on other evidence of talent and suitability for the course.
  • 80 UCAS Points on the New UCAS Tariff system for 2017 equates to 200 UCAS points on the previous points system – for more details please see tariff explanation and advice on the UCAS website.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English – proof of IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all sections (reading, writing, listening & speaking) is required.
  • Applications from mature students with relevant experience will also be considered.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning Opportunities – the college welcomes applications from students with prior learning and/or previous experience. Further details on eligibility can be found on page 15 of our Admissions Policy.
  • Alternatively, please contact us at and we can offer further advice on HCA and the UWTSD awarding body requirements.

NB for Top-Up students different entry requirements apply – please see our Top-Ups application page for more information.

Find out more about our new, purpose-built student accommodation in the heart of the City. The accommodation is located next to Hereford Railway Station and is mid-way between the two teaching campuses (College Road & Folly Lane)

HCA is an independent arts school surrounded by people who are passionate about the arts, media and performance. Find out more about why you should choose HCA.

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BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design student Mitch Adams and his wall of Trump graphic artwork

Mitchell Adams

I really enjoyed working with a number of local Businesses, giving me the chance to see my work being used and enjoyed by the public.

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“Our new GRAPHIC ARTS PATHWAY is proving increasingly popular. It allows highly creative students to adopt an individual approach to creating experimental and original art within the context of visual communication. Working on graphic arts develops a broad range of skills that result in versatile, resourceful graduates.” Innes Jones, Course Leader

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