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Graphic Design

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

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

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 and publishing.

**Key features**

- 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.

- Exhibit your work at our Showcase, 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).

- 92% of BA (Hons) Graphic Design students are satisfied with their course. (National Student Survey 2020).

- 93% of BA (Hons) Graphic Design students would recommend studying at NTU. (National Student Survey 2020).

- NTU is Ranked 12th in the UK for Art and Design. (The Complete University Guide 2021).

- NTU is ranked in the top 15 universities in the UK for Design and Crafts (14th). (The Guardian University Guide 2021).

**Assessment**

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

**Employability**

Some graduates choose to use their skills in other fields, such as teaching and management, while others go on to set up their own business or work on a freelance basis. Graduates from this course go into a range of roles. Recent examples include:
Designer, Unidays
Junior Designer, McCann Birmingham
Junior Designer, Pentland Brands
Product Development, Bakerdays
Freelance Artist, Advocate AA
Junior Designer; Landor
Junior Motion Designer; DixonBaxi.

**Your space to create at NTU**

We’re committed to helping you explore, expand and refine your craft, as you discover new creative horizons with some truly great tools, equipment and workspaces. Visit our facilities hub at **www.ntu.ac.uk/artfacilities** to find out more.

**Our students’ work – ‘We Are Creatives’**

Explore our online showcase ‘We Are Creatives’ - celebrating the work of the School of Art & Design students. You will find a sneak peak of some of our students’ work and gain a real insight into what it’s like to be part of the NTU creative community at **wearecreativesntu.art**

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
£15,800
per year
International
£15,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of 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

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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.

82%
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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

85%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
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?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

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.

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
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.

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

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

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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