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Nottingham Trent University

Graphic Design

UCAS Code: W211

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or GCSE Science grade C/4 or equivalent

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification.

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels or equivalent qualifications

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Graphic design

Learn and develop as an ambitious graphic designer on this studio-based degree. You'll work alongside like-minded creatives, exploring all aspects of visual communication in a vibrant studio environment.

We’ll encourage you to think creatively during your time at NTU, gaining professional and technical skills that reflect current and future industry practice.

By the end of your degree, you’ll have a professional portfolio tailored to your own career aspirations. Graduates secure roles in fields such as art direction, advertising, branding and identity, design for screen and interactive design, editorial design, illustration, motion graphics or publishing.

**Key features**
- This course produces students that are in high demand - 94% of graphic design students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE survey 2016/17).

- We're delighted to be ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the UK for Art & Design (The Complete University Guide 2020).

- We’re delighted that 97% of graphic design students would recommend studying at NTU (National Student Survey 2019).

- Study a broad range of disciplines including branding, editorial design, graphic design, illustration, interactive design, information design, motion graphics and typography.

- Learn in a creative studio environment, using industry-standard equipment and software.

- Work on live briefs with companies like Brand Opus, JKR, Elmwood and Vault 49.

- Develop your professional skills through self-initiated work experience placements, industry competitions, collaborations with organisations and guest lectures.

- Go on optional study visits to cities like New York and Berlin.

- Opportunity to apply for a European or international exchange to one of our partner institutions, such as RMIT in Australia.

- Develop a professional portfolio tailored to your own career aspirations.

- Showcase your work at the NTU Degree Show, with the opportunity to be selected to exhibit at other portfolio events, such as New Designers and D&AD New Blood in London.

- Our graphic design degree has an excellent reputation for producing industry-ready, interdisciplinary graduates.

- Gain a professionally accredited degree – this course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD).

**Assessment**

Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade.

**Employability**

This course has an excellent employment rate, with 94% of students in employment or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17).

Graduates from this course go into a range of roles. Recent graduate destinations include Abercrombie & Fitch, Hallmark Cards, Next, River Island, Unidays, and Penguin Random House.

Modules

[Year One]

The Fundamentals of Graphic Design (100 credit points)
Learn about, and begin to practise, the process behind effective graphic design. Focus on topics such as typography, image-making, branding, packaging, editorial design, illustration, and film or animation.

Design in Context 1 (20 credit points)
You’ll be given an introduction to the history of graphic design, from the Renaissance to the present day. Study the factors that have shaped graphic design and the role that this discipline has played in spreading ideas.

[Year Two]
These two year-long modules run side by side.

Exploring the Professional Context and Personal Direction (100 credit points)
You’ll build on your Year One experimentation, creative skills, and techniques. You’ll engage with tutor-written briefs, live industry projects, and competition briefs.

Design in Context 2 (20 credit points)
This historical and theoretical module will prepare you for your final year dissertation. Upon completion, you will be able to identify characteristics of graphic design through reference to other creative practices and media forms. You will develop your writing and presentation skills, and study a range of current issues in visual culture to generate ideas for your dissertation.

[Final Year]

Developing a Personal Portfolio (100 credit points)
Through studio work, you’ll focus on independent learning and portfolio development and complete a number of projects. This includes professional membership schemes (ISTD student assessment scheme), student competitions (D&AD, RSA Student Design Awards, Creative Conscience Awards, YCN, Roses Student Awards), negotiated projects, and live briefs.

Design in Context 3: Dissertation (20 credit points)
Write a 5,000-word dissertation based on a subject relevant to visual culture that you can negotiate with tutors.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

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.

81%
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.

Graphic design

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

89%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
B

After graduation


The stats in this section 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.

Graphic design

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
75%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Design occupations
22%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
5%
Customer service occupations

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.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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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