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Graphic Design (with integrated foundation year)

Entry requirements


A level

B-D,E

Access to HE Diploma

P:45

60 credits, 45 must be graded at Level 3

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

PPP

Scottish Higher

D,D,D,D

UCAS Tariff

40

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Graphic design

To break into the competitive but rewarding graphic design industry, you’ll need an exciting portfolio, excellent subject knowledge, the skills to use the latest professional equipment and technology – and your own unique flair in creatively solving communication problems. So, if you’re looking for a graphic design foundation course that will develop your skills and confidence in a supportive, dynamic environment then look no further. Your introductory year will give you the technical expertise and knowledge to progress to our highly respected undergraduate programme.

Following your foundation year, our hands-on course is designed to take you to your creative limits and graduate with the confidence, experience and skills that are so sought after by employers in this highly selective but exciting industry.

**Why Choose University of Cumbria**

Our aim is to give you the professional experience of being a graphic designer before you even graduate.

So, you’ll take on real-world, innovative project briefs, done to profession-expected timescales, and with a minimum of 25 in total, you’ll compile an impressive portfolio. You’ll also meet many renowned industry professionals and have the opportunity to showcase your work in London.

- Art and Design ranks 3rd for Student Satisfaction in the North West (Complete University Guide 2021)

- Small classes mean we get to know you well and provide plentiful, detailed, personal feedback throughout your studies

- Practical demonstrations, visits and feedback from professional designers

- Our excellent industry links give you good networking opportunities, boosting your job prospects and you can also exhibit at a London graduate showcase

- Annual international visits

- Our annual Futures Festival – a three-day event offering you the opportunity to hear from industry professionals, get involved in networking and meet potential employers

- Quality of life – our specialist Arts Campus is set in beautiful parkland just a short walk from Carlisle’s vibrant city centre and don’t forget the Lake District is on our doorstep

- 80% of your studies will be practical, so you’re not just learning, you’re doing graphic design

- You can use any of our well-equipped workshop facilities including print-making, 3D printing, laser-cutting, photography and animation suites

- Become ‘part of the family’ and create a base in our huge, modern and professionally-equipped studio

- Use the latest technology and Adobe Creative Cloud, software that you’ll use in industry

- All tutors are experts in graphic design, magazine design, illustration and typography

- Experience a wide variety of design disciplines so you can find and then focus on your specialities

You’ll learn the basic skills from idea visualisation to up-to-date multi-media practice on our dynamic course, allowing you to produce exciting designs across a wide range of traditional and digital media.

We’ll help you to build a portfolio to wow future employers, along with the confidence and creative skills necessary to stand out from the crowd as a professional designer when applying for a job.

Modules

Foundation year - Compulsory modules:

Visual Literacy,
Technical Processes,
Applied Visual Practice,
Design Cultures.
Year one - Compulsory Modules:

Design Fundamentals,
Design in Context 1,
Communicating Ideas,
Thinking through Image-Making.
Year two - Compulsory modules:

Principles of Graphic Design,
Principles of Multimedia,
Exploration of Graphic Design,
Design in Context 2.
Year three - Compulsory modules:

Graphic Design Application,
Professional Context,
Graphic Design Practice,
Professional Practice.

Tuition fees

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

England
£6,000
per year
EU
£6,000
per year
International
£7,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,000
per year
Scotland
£6,000
per year
Wales
£6,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Carlisle - Brampton Road

Department:

Institute of the Arts

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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.

72%
low
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
76%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

60%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
48%
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?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
20%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

£16,088
low
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
52%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

30%
Design occupations
20%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
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 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.

£14k

£14k

£17k

£17k

£18k

£18k

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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