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Graphic Design

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-B,B,C

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants will need to attend an interview with a portfolio of work.

112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 46-50.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM-DMM

112-120 Tariff points.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

112-120

112-120 points.

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

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 | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Graphic design

**Overview**
It takes more than creative flair to turn an idea into a striking piece of design. On this BA (Hons) Graphic Design course, you’ll use the latest tools and software to create professional-quality work that turns heads and inspires action.

Your learning is shaped by the latest research and industry insight. Our lecturers are researchers with impressive connections in the design industry and you’ll hear from outside experts too.

You’ll cover a lot of ground over the three years, and get to specialise in topics and skills that match your interests and ambitions.

You’ll have the chance to build an impressive CV. Past students from this course have been commended in the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) and won the You Can Now (YCN) and British Design & Art Direction (D&AD) New Blood “Ones to Watch” awards.

Graphic design is an essential part of every creative industry. Once your course is complete, you’ll be ready for a career in web design, advertising, magazine publishing, branding, TV and other media.

**What you'll experience**
On this Graphic Design degree course you’ll:

- Use industry standard software like the Adobe Creative Suite, and gain Adobe Certified Associate qualifications to show your digital communication skills

- Attend guest lectures from industry experts to find out how graphic design theory is put into practice

- Take an optional one-year placement at a graphic design company – or you can set up and run your own agency for a year

- Access specialist production facilities to develop techniques like screen printing, letterpress, laser cutting and dye sublimation printing

- Be taught by a mix of academic staff and working professionals

- Have the opportunity to enter international competitions like YCN, RSA, D&AS and achieve membership of the International Society of Typographic Designers (iSTD)

- Have the opportunity to take part in events like SKY Creative Day

- Choose whether to do a traditional dissertation or produce a practical project

**Careers and opportunities**
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

**What can you do with a Graphic Design degree?**
You could work in many areas of media, including:
- magazine design publishing

- branding and design agencies

- art direction and advertising

- website design

- work in the television and film industries

- further study and research

Graduates from this course have gone on to work with these companies and design studios:
- Precedent

- Why Not Associates

- I Love Dust

- Aardman Digital

- The Light Surgeons

- Fitch

- 4IV

- Rubrik

- FHM Magazine

You could also set up your own business or work as a freelancer. Examples of businesses past students have set up include:
- Territory Studio

- Bright Agency

- Debut Art

- Strong Island

- MWM Creative

- Lethal Creative Studio

- iLoveDust

Modules

** Year 1 core modules [all worth 20 credits each]:** Information Design; Introduction to Graphic Design; Introduction to Visual Culture (Graphic Design); Research-Informed Design Thinking; Typography and Layout; User Experience Design - Motion Graphics | ** Year 2 core modules [all worth 20 credits each]: ** Editorial Design; Ethical Design; Professional Practice - Identity and Branding; User Experience Design | ** Year 2 optional modules: ** Art, Design and Performance Study Abroad - Full Year (120 credits); Art, Design and Performance Study Abroad - Half Year (60 credits); Art, Design and Performance Study Exchange (60 credits); CCI Placement Plus - Full Year (40 credits); CCI Self Employed Placement (40 credits); CCI Work Placement (40 credits); Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice (20 credits); Professional Experience (20 credits); Professional Practice - Live Design Briefs (20 credits); Student Enterprise (20 credits); Visual Culture: Cult, Taste and Collecting (20 credits); Visual Culture: Performing Identity (20 credits); Visual Culture: Technology and the Image (20 credits); Visual Culture: Visons of the Body (20 credits) | ** Year 3 core modules [all worth 20 credits each]:** Major Project in Graphic Design - Research and Development; Major Project in Graphic Design - Resolution and Presentation; Professional Practice - Design Briefs and Competitions; Professional Practice - Design Studio Practice; Professional Practice - Promotion and Employability | ** Year 3 optional modules [all worth 20 credits]: ** Visual Culture: Dissertation; Visual Culture: Research Project

Assessment methods

Not a fan of exams? Don't worry – there aren't any on this course. Instead, you can let your designs do the talking.

You’ll be assessed through:

- project presentations
- research and developmental work
- design portfolios
- written essays or reports

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 100% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 100% by 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
£9,250
per year
International
£16,200
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:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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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.

76%
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

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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
75%
IT resources
57%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
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?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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
96%
med
Employed or in further education
77%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

59%
Design occupations
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Artistic, literary and media 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.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

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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