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Graphic Design

Entry requirements


104 - 112 UCAS Points with a B/C grade in an Art & Design / Design & Technology based subject

104 - 112 UCAS Points with a B/C grade in an Art & Design / Design & Technology based subject

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) is required. Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) is preferred but not essential. You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements in addition to the Level 3 qualification requirements.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-31

including Art & Design / Design & Technology subject

104 - 112 UCAS Points including Art & Design / Design & Technology subject

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

DMM

In an Art & Design / Design & Technology based subject

104 - 112 UCAS Points including Art & Design / Design & Technology subject

UCAS Tariff

104-112

To include an Art and Design / Design & Technology based subject.

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Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Design

Graphic Design has played a key part in the application of new tools and technologies which innovate how visual content is created, communicated, and consumed. Today, as digital software, platforms and environments continue to evolve and change and so has the role of design and the designer.

A Graphic Design degree at Salford will provide you with an exciting opportunity to learn about and engage with the professional world of design, and to develop an individual, highly skilled practice that matches your ambitions for life after graduation

In year one you will be introduced to the essential principles of Graphic Design and through live and collaborative projects in year two you will have the opportunity to develop a whole range of practical, conceptual, collaborative, and technical skills. These are fundamental to ensure we to prepare you for a career in the creative industries. In the final year of this Graphic Design degree course you’ll complete a personal project to showcase your individual interests, where you’ll also have the opportunity to explore digital and traditional approaches to design and producing a range of outcomes that could include branding guidelines; prototypes for apps and websites; printed publications; social media materials; illustrations; typefaces; animations; and to build a unique portfolio of work that highlights your approach and abilities as a designer and an innovator.

You will be working with a diverse and experienced course team whose own work includes projects with Disney, Bloomberg, BBC, Guardian News and Microsoft. In addition, our staff team have worked with major international magazine and publishing companies. Working also with well-known figures from the music industry including New Order and The Doves; members of our team have also undertaken important funded projects exploring the role identity within music.

Studying in our state-of-the-art New Adelphi building and based in Greater Manchester you will benefit from a wide range of research and networking opportunities. You’ll be surrounded by Design Studios, independent galleries, Museums and leading online brands and Social Media creatives. You’ll engage with a mix of industry related and externally partnered projects undertaking assignments that investigate the social impact and potential of design as a driver of change.

Our students have won awards from prestigious competitions, recent wins include a D&AD (Design &. Art Direction) pencil winner, ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) and two student successes at the YCN (You Can Now) awards. Many of our students have also won bids for incubation start-up grants to create and generate their own businesses via support from the University of Salford business grants scheme.
You will:

Learn about the broad applications of graphic design, with the opportunity to focus and personalise your studies
Overcome visual communication challenges using your research skills and ability to develop ideas
Learn about both digital and traditional design processes to equip you for a wide range of roles in your career
Graduate with a portfolio of work that you can share with potential employers or clients as you progress into your career.

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Modules

**Year one**
- Form and Content
- Critical and Professional Contexts 1
- Process and Application
- Critical and Professional Contexts 1 (continued)

**Year two**
- Graphic Design for...
- Critical and Professional Contexts 2
- Live Projects
- Graphic Design and…
- Critical and Professional Contexts 2 (continued)
-Creative Collaboration

**Year three**
- Design Practice
- Critical and Professional Contexts 3
- Negotiated Major Project
- Critical and Professional Contexts 3 (continued)

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The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

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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.

69%
med
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

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

62%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
57%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
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?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

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.

£16,848
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
59%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Design occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Business, finance 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.

£15k

£15k

£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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