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University of Southampton

Graphic Arts

UCAS Code: W210

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

including an art or design based subject Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21,P:0

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 24 must be at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

M2 M2 M2 in three principal subjects including an art or design based subject

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Pass, with 30 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level including an art or design based subject Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

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

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

H2 H2 H3 H3 H3 H3 including an art or design based subject

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

DD

Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma plus B in an A level including an art or design based subject

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

D

Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus BB in two A levels including an art or design based subject

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

DDM

Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC National Extended Diploma in an art or design based subject

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

BBB from three A levels including an art or design based subject or BB from two A levels including an art or design based subject and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

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120

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Graphic arts

On BA Graphic Arts you’ll learn to create engaging, effective creative solutions, shaped by research insights and realised through digital or physical media. Having gained a deeper understanding of different disciplines, you’ll choose to specialise in graphic design, illustration, motion design or photography. Working in our superb studio space, you’ll develop practical and critical skills through a range of assignments, with guidance from our expert staff team. Strong links with industry ensure the curriculum is at the forefront of current practice, and opportunities to engage with external practitioners are integral to the programme, giving you an in-depth understanding of professional practice and enhancing your employability. These opportunities include a series of lectures and workshops by both leading design studios and our strong alumni, who have established themselves within the creative industries. In addition, we make the most of our proximity to London with regular studio visits, as well as running overseas trips. Our graduates are well-informed, future-ready practitioners, equipped with technical and intellectual skills that help them adapt and thrive in a fast-changing sector.

Modules

Typical core modules include: An Introduction to Graphic Arts; Historical and Critical Contexts; Specialist Principles; Research in Contemporary Issues; Professional and Critical Contexts; Professional Planning and Evaluation; Final Major Project.
Optional modules include: Business Skills for the Creative Industries; Creative Futures; Creative Writing; Image and Branding; Sight and Sound; Visual Culture.

Assessment methods

You’ll learn through a mix of studio assignments, workshops, lectures and seminars, one-to-one tutorials, guest lectures, externally partnered projects and study visits.

These teaching and learning methods will develop your transferable skills alongside subject-specific knowledge, and enable you to become increasingly independent in preparation for the workplace. The studio set up and small-team approach reflect commercial studio practices, and you’ll learn how to work to set briefs, manage your time and workload, communicate ideas, and pitch and present your work.

You’ll receive informal feedback throughout your studies – from your tutors, in group critiques and through exercises such as portfolio reviews by external professionals. Assessed work will include your portfolio and reflective journal, presentations and written assignments. If you choose the study abroad option, we will assess the work you do while at the partner institution.

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
£17,560
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Winchester School of Art

Department:

Winchester School of Art

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.

69%
low
Graphic arts

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

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

79%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

62%
UK students
38%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
88%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Design occupations
15%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

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