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Anglia Ruskin University

Graphic Design [with Foundation Year]

UCAS Code: W201

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Graphic design

Explore visual language creatively and solve challenging design briefs using our industry-standard technology. Develop your
understanding of effective graphic communication to prepare for a career as a professional graphic designer.
Our BA (Hons) Graphic Design will prepare you to work as an informed and technically skilled designer capable of creative and
independent thought, with the confidence and ability to succeed in the design industry.
You’ll explore many graphic disciplines and learn to apply them professionally, developing your visual literacy using graphics,
typography and text-image relationships. Our modules on historical, contemporary and future design practice will give you all the
theory and contextual understanding you’ll need to solve industry-set design briefs in our studio and workshop-based modules.
You’ll experiment with traditional print-based solutions as well as modern commercial practices including site-specific,
interactive, mobile media, app generation, graphical interfaces and multimedia work, to come up with ideas that challenge
traditional notions of design and visual communication.
Throughout the course, your studies will be supported by an academic team with extensive design industry, research and
teaching experience.

You’ll also work closely with a number of graphic design studios, including CPL, The District, and Onespacemedia, who will set
your live briefs as well as providing lectures and one-to-one critiques, ending with a final review that can often lead to work
placements, internships and long-term professional relationships.

Winning or being nominated for an international student design competition can give you a springboard into a design career,
with many offering internships as part of the prize or leading to long-lasting professional relationships. As part of the course,
you’ll submit artwork to the Penguin Random House Student Design Awards in your third year, and in your final year, can choose
from the prestigious YCN or D&AD briefs.

Our annual Graphic Design field trip will allow you to travel to Amsterdam, visiting local museums and galleries, creating graphic
design on the move and linking up with staff and students from the graphic design course at Avans Hogeschool in Breda.
At the end of the course, you’ll show your final-year work at our annual Degree Show, attended by many industry professionals,
design recruitment agencies, graphic artists, parents and past students. As a Graphic Design student, you could be selected to
produce publicity materials for the event, giving your work even greater exposure, or to receive one of our awards from industry
for creative, innovative or commercial excellence.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Cambridge School of Art

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Graphic design

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Design studies

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

75%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

68%
UK students
32%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
A

After graduation


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Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
64%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Design occupations
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Other elementary services occupations

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Graphic design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

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£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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