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Sheffield Hallam University

Graphic Design

UCAS Code: W210

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:18

Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 18 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in a media-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalent.

UCAS Tariff

112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BBC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Graphic design

**Course summary**
- Explore and experiment with traditional and future-facing techniques and materials.

- Develop the confidence and skills required to utilise new technologies in the pursuit of innovative and creative solutions.

- Work with practising designers who bring their experience and networks to the course.

- Develop your understanding of user experience as a key part of design practice.

We prepare you for the continually expanding field of graphic design, through projects which respond to social, technological, economic and political challenges. We equip you with the knowledge and confidence required to create solutions and tell stories that make and communicate positive change in the world.

**How you learn**

You’ll learn the emergent principles of graphic design and digital storytelling, using creative research methods to develop and test your ideas. The distinctive portfolio of work that you create from these experiences will demonstrate your unique strengths and interests to prospective employers when you graduate.

You’ll learn through

- problem-based and practical activity-based sessions

- applied industry (live) projects

- group work and collaboration

- workshops

- working with industry visitors

- lectures

- self-directed study

- group and individual tutorials

- exhibitions and presentations

- study trips

- independent study

- demonstrations

- Blackboard online learning portal

- presentations and feedback sessions

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**

You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a single or multiple work placement/s in between your second and third years, to prepare you for your future career. You may also be able to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme following the Brexit transition period).

**Live projects**

You’ll engage in authentic work experiences with external partners and using live briefs. Our students have worked with the NHS, social change charity Good Things Foundation, the BBC, and design studios and agencies such as Why Not Associates and Graphic Thought Facility.

**Field trips**

There’ll be opportunities to go on study trips in the UK and abroad – with free travel and accommodation for all mandatory field trips. These could include workshops, design conferences or visits to practitioners’ studios, museums and special collections. You may further enhance your studies with optional field trips, though these will incur additional costs. Recently the course has visited Dublin, Reykjavik, New York and Tokyo.

**Networking opportunities**

You’ll have regular opportunities to meet guest lecturers, graduates and industry practitioners within the university, as well as on field trips to practitioners’ studios and conferences.

**Competitions**

You’re supported to develop and showcase your professional creative work by entering national and international competitions. Our students are winners of competitions such as the RSA Student Design Awards.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

**Year 1**
Compulsory modules
Graphic Design Practice 60
Graphic Design Principles 60

**Year 2**
Compulsory modules
Graphic Design In Context 60
Translation & Transmission 60

**Year 3**
Optional modules
Placement Year -

**Final year**
Compulsory modules
Graduation Projects Graphic Design 120

Assessment methods

Coursework

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
£13,995
per year
International
£13,995
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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.

85%
high
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

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
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

86%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
45%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Design occupations
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

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

Creative arts & 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.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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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