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University for the Creative Arts

Graphic Design (UCA Epsom)

UCAS Code: W210

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

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Graphic design

On the Graphic Design course at UCA Epsom, you’ll explore new avenues in design, put your experimental ideas into action and future-proof your career by learning how to use your design skills to reach all corners of society.

Our graduates follow a wide range of careers after graduation, and we’ll help you adopt a hands-on approach to this ever-expanding discipline. With the option to choose from a huge selection of methods and subject areas to study, you’ll be able to carve out your own unique path.

You’ll also be joining an international community with facilities that are second to none, and our highly experienced and well-connected staff will help you along the way. Check out the @ucaepsomgraphics Instagram to see some of our students’ recent highlights, from live briefs to trips and events.

Similar courses we offer:

Graphic Design - UCA Farnham
Graphic Design (4 Year) - UCA Epsom
Graphic Design - UCA Canterbury

Modules

In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to a range of practices and theories that underpin the discipline of graphic design. Through projects, workshops and written assignments, you’ll be encouraged to develop a critical, rigorous, and experimental approach to developing work. Additional emphasis is placed upon acquiring technical skills through taught inductions in both digital and analogue processes. Theory is embedded within broader units and alongside your practice-based projects – you’ll undertake a rigorous investigation into the associated social, economic, political and cultural contexts of the discipline through a series of written assignments. In Year 2, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise within chosen aspects of the discipline. You’ll select two units from a range of platforms that will allow you to cover areas of interest in greater depth, through a range of practice-based projects and skills workshops. Theory is embedded within these units, and alongside your practice-based projects you’ll undertake a rigorous investigation into the associated social, economic, political and cultural contexts of the discipline through a series of written assignments. Alongside the two platform units, you’ll undertake a work placement. This is structured to help you gain practical, professionally focused skills, and to develop your portfolio and CV. It culminates with a ten-week placement of your choice. Also, you’ll have the option to take part in the Study Abroad programme during your second year In Year 3, you’ll undertake a further two platform units. These may be the same and build upon projects and methods of working that you’ve investigated during the second year, or you may choose to explore different options. In addition to these units, you’ll begin to synthesise your practice through the Creative Research and Practice Unit. This unit involves the research, development, and construction of a major self-directed research and design project. This will take into account the knowledge, understanding, skills, experience, and interests that you’ve gained over the duration of the course – resulting in a 6,000 word written dissertation that will form the content of a design project.

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
£16,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Epsom

Department:

Fashion and Textiles

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.

84%
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
87%
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

83%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
85%
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?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

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.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
62%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

34%
Design occupations
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
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.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

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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