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Coventry University

Graphic Design

UCAS Code: W211

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

The Access to HE Diploma. Plus GCSE English at grade 4 / C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Graphic design

You’ll have the opportunity to join a vibrant creative community which currently has extensive, cutting-edge facilities for digital production, sound recording and editing, film, photography, video, ceramics and print facilities, a printmaking workroom, a screen printing and letterpress studio, digital print bureau and excellent technical support. On our course, we will ask you to intelligently mix old and new technologies, involving any and all these facilities, as well as our well-equipped computer studios which house both Macs and PCs, all kitted out with the latest Adobe suite (which we aim to update each year).

You will be encouraged to use our studio space and facilities to explore multiple materials, techniques and equipment, pushing the boundaries of visual communication. For example, you might design a brand-new font in Illustrator, make it in wood on the latest laser-cutter, print it on a 150-year-old hand-operated press, then scan it and manipulate it in Photoshop.

You’ll have the opportunity to be taught by faculty which currently includes experienced practitioners who have won nationally recognised awards for their design work, teaching practice and research, including D&AD Awards, Fresh Awards, Adobe Innovation and the Searle Prize. Their current expertise spans across a range of disciplines, from editorial and book design to web-based design and typography. Having worked for companies including the BBC, I Am Associates, Bloomsbury, Phaidon, The Royal Academy and Universal Music, they will offer to share their experiences to help you connect what they do with what you are taught.

Our focus is very much learning by doing so that, upon successful completion, students are provided with the opportunity to i begin a successful design career. For example, there are technical skill sessions throughout all the three years of the course, as well as refreshers to keep students up to speed with the latest updates. We organise a range of extracurricular workshops to enrich your skills, in things like sublimation, photography, printmaking and digital media. (Extracurricular workshops are subject to availability, application and additional costs) We also organise a full programme of studio and gallery visits, which in the past have included trips to museums in London and Oxford, studios and galleries in Birmingham, as well as international trips. Students in the past have had the opportunity to visit Holland and China, taking in a breadth of cultural experiences. (subject to availability, a competitive application process, meeting visa requirements and additional costs)

Key Course Benefits:

* The School of Art and Design is an ‘Adobe Partner by Design’, as well as being an Adobe Outstanding Centre of Excellence. Coventry University School of Art and Design is currently an Adobe Partner by Design. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates that this Partnership continues, if it were to dissolve, we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

* Current, excellent links with industry, many of whom in the past have offered employment, placements or professional guidance to our students, like Watermill, IBM, and Opus Books.

* Opportunity to participate in self-funded study trips abroad to places like Cyprus, Finland and Australia through the Erasmus scheme, as well as Holland and China as part of shorter cultural trips. (subject to availability, competitive application process, meeting visa requirements and additional costs).

* Strong track record of student success in national and international competitions. In recent years, these have included: first prize and runners-up for the Puffin Penguin book cover design competition; a D&AD yellow pencil; highly placed and runners-up in the Sky Arts television sting competition.

* Strong track record of student success in national and international competitions. In recent years, these include prizes in the Penguin Student Awards and YCN awards.

Modules

Your main study themes are:

**Typography** How to design and manipulate type across print and on screen, and in contexts such as posters, books, websites, apps and signage.

**Visual Communication** We explore digital and analogue image-making, including drawing and printmaking, alongside contemporary approaches utilising photo-manipulation and vector graphics, amongst others.

**Design Contexts** We will investigate professional applications of graphic design in areas such as branding, advertising and information design, and look at the subject’s theory and history across international contexts.

**Design Practice** How to integrate graphic communications across multiple formats and channels – including print, moving image, digital and interactive – to create coherent campaigns and brand identities.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

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:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Art and Design

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.

79%
med
Graphic design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

74%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
78%
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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
55%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

52%
Design occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

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

Creative arts and 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.

£18k

£18k

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£22k

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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