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Graphic Design

BA (Hons)

95% employability

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017

Top 10

Guardian University Guide 2019 (#7)

Live brief projects

Work on briefs for national companies such as Moonpig and Alton Towers

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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Our Graphic Design degree reflects the diverse nature of contemporary visual communication.

Our Graphic Design degree reflects the diverse nature of contemporary visual communication. It’s ideal if you are passionate about creative thinking, problem solving, design and experimenting through digital and traditional media.

Our team of specialist and award-winning lecturers have strong links with industry, and many are successful practitioners in their field.

You will benefit from a range of specialist visiting lecturers from industry and also have the opportunity to enter high profile national competitions such as D&AD, Roses and Penguin Books etc. Students are encouraged to gain placements with national design agencies such as Elmwood, Coley Porter Bell and The Chase. There will also be live brief projects for national companies such as Moonpig and Alton Towers.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award:

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award:

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Course content

This course has an emphasis on creative visual thinking and craft. You’ll become a versatile practitioner, experimenting creatively and generating strong ideas for a wide range of projects.

We’ll challenge you to think differently; even experienced designers are constantly developing their skills. In the world of design there are always new trends, technologies and ideas.

You will explore both the traditional core disciplines of graphic design and the possibilities of new technology. Areas covered include typography, image making, information design, photography and art direction; experimental formats, branding and packaging; 3D crafts, web design and moving image.

To prepare you for the professional environment, we’ll help you develop a solid understanding of studio processes, such as pitching ideas and interpreting creative briefs. You’ll learn through a programme of projects, lectures, seminars, workshops and studio practice.

You’ll have access to individual desk space, tutorial and group designated zones and central iMac/digital technologies. Our workshop facilities include wood, metal, plastics, ceramics, textiles, screen printing, letterpress and experimental print, photography, animation, digital suites/labs and laser-cutting.

This course has an emphasis on creative visual thinking and craft. You’ll become a versatile practitioner, experimenting creatively and generating strong ideas for a wide range of projects.

We’ll challenge you to think differently; even experienced designers are constantly developing their skills. In the world of design there are always new trends, technologies and ideas.

You will explore both the traditional core disciplines of graphic design and the possibilities of new technology. Areas covered include typography, image making, information design, photography and art direction; experimental formats, branding and packaging; 3D crafts, web design and moving image.

To prepare you for the professional environment, we’ll help you develop a solid understanding of studio processes, such as pitching ideas and interpreting creative briefs. You’ll learn through a programme of projects, lectures, seminars, workshops and studio practice.

You’ll have access to individual desk space, tutorial and group designated zones and central iMac/digital technologies. Our workshop facilities include wood, metal, plastics, ceramics, textiles, screen printing, letterpress and experimental print, photography, animation, digital suites/labs and laser-cutting.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Visual Communication
Type and Image
Ideas Generation
Year 2 compulsory modules
Visual Exploration
Visual Application II
Professional Practice
Year 3 compulsory modules
Negotiated Programme I
Negotiated Programme II
Research, Analysis and Communication Assignment
Creative Practice in Context

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points 

  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM 
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design: Merit

All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points 

  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM 
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design: Merit

All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.

Facilities

Careers

Graduates from our Graphic Design degree develop a wide variety of communication skills to prepare them for positions within design studios, advertising agencies, branding companies, TV, film and freelance enterprises. Many now work in top creative studios such as The Chase, Elmwood, TrueNorth, Coley Porter Bell, Viv-id, TBWA, Saatchi, JKR and Havas Lynx.

Teaching

The teaching on this course is firmly rooted in studio practice. You develop your skills across a wide range of project-based activities, which take place within a studio setting appropriate to the subject. Sometimes you will work in whole groups, sometimes you will working in teams, with presentations of your work to your peer group and the academic staff. At other times during your study, you will be working on individual self-initiated projects. During projects, there will be tutorial sessions with academic staff where you explore your practice in more detail.

In addition, you take part in lecture and seminar activities which allow you to explore the contextual and professional background to the projects you are undertaking. These are led by your lecturers and also guest tutors from industry who bring their specialist insight into the sessions. You also participate in technical skills instruction sessions with Technician Instructors enabling you to enhance your making and digital skills across a wide range of techniques and approaches.

The teaching on this course is firmly rooted in studio practice. You develop your skills across a wide range of project-based activities, which take place within a studio setting appropriate to the subject. Sometimes you will work in whole groups, sometimes you will working in teams, with presentations of your work to your peer group and the academic staff. At other times during your study, you will be working on individual self-initiated projects. During projects, there will be tutorial sessions with academic staff where you explore your practice in more detail.

In addition, you take part in lecture and seminar activities which allow you to explore the contextual and professional background to the projects you are undertaking. These are led by your lecturers and also guest tutors from industry who bring their specialist insight into the sessions. You also participate in technical skills instruction sessions with Technician Instructors enabling you to enhance your making and digital skills across a wide range of techniques and approaches.

Assessment

You are assessed in this course by a range of different types of coursework and practical activities. The assessment task for each module will vary dependent upon its content but may include: 

  • A portfolio of completed artwork, professionally presented in the format required by the assignment, project or brief.
  • Workbooks, sketchbooks etc., documenting the process of generating, developing and resolving thoughts/ideas, and demonstrating the influence of research on practical work.
  • Research books, folders, dossiers, etc. documenting the gathering, sorting and presentation of research material.
  • Technical Exercises demonstrating your skills and competencies using particular equipment and/or techniques.
  • Written essays or reports, in which you are exploring the contextual or professional background to a specific project.
  • An individual or group seminar presentation and/or the accompanying material which you have used to create the presentation.

You are assessed in this course by a range of different types of coursework and practical activities. The assessment task for each module will vary dependent upon its content but may include: 

  • A portfolio of completed artwork, professionally presented in the format required by the assignment, project or brief.
  • Workbooks, sketchbooks etc., documenting the process of generating, developing and resolving thoughts/ideas, and demonstrating the influence of research on practical work.
  • Research books, folders, dossiers, etc. documenting the gathering, sorting and presentation of research material.
  • Technical Exercises demonstrating your skills and competencies using particular equipment and/or techniques.
  • Written essays or reports, in which you are exploring the contextual or professional background to a specific project.
  • An individual or group seminar presentation and/or the accompanying material which you have used to create the presentation.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Throughout the modules you take on your course you are provided with formative, developmental assessment opportunities, which are carried out in tutorial and critique situations. Feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor or by you. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer or self-assessment exercises.

All modules also included formal or “summative” assessment tasks and the grades from the formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission.

Throughout the modules you take on your course you are provided with formative, developmental assessment opportunities, which are carried out in tutorial and critique situations. Feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor or by you. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer or self-assessment exercises.

All modules also included formal or “summative” assessment tasks and the grades from the formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Sarah Rushton
Sarah RushtonCourse Leader

Sarah’s experience spans 22 years across both the education sector and in the production of creative work in both graphic design and illustration.

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Our students

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Joe Hall
Graphic Design Graduate

The Design Director for the team I’m currently working in is also a Staffordshire University graduate. It’s great to see fellow Staffs graduates out in industry with successful careers. It just goes to show that it was all worth it!

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
17 September 2018
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
09 September 2019

Rules and regulations

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Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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