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Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed.
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The Graphic Design course allows you to explore graphic communication, with an emphasis on creativity, visualisation, graphic literacy and problem solving. The course will develop you into a creative designer building up a portfolio of knowledge and skills in visual communication within printmaking, photography, typography, information design, illustration, animation, graphic systems, book--making, publishing, interactive design, broadcast graphics, packaging, art directing, editorial design, advertising and branding. You will have the opportunity to undertake live design briefs from industry and participate in national and international competitions such as the International Society of Typographic Designers. The experience you gain on the course will allow you to develop to become a successful graphic designer in a rapidly-changing commercial environment.
Year 1: Students explore their skills through projects in graphic communication; the emphasis is on creativity, visualisation skills, graphic literacy and problem solving. Year 2: Students begin to develop individual pathways within graphic design; negotiated projects alongside specialist options develop personal creative, academic and practical skills. Year 3: Students work on a series of personal projects to build their portfolio, as well as acquiring professional skills; students also undertake design briefs from industry and participate in international competitions including D&AD, ISTD, and the RSA Student Design Awards.
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Leicester’s De Montfort University (DMU) is the most-improved university in the UK, recently climbing 32 places in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide to 54th position. Like the city on its doorstep, DMU is a vibrant, multicultural hub of creativity and innovation; never surrendering to convention - a place where students are encouraged to develop the skills they need yet do things their own way. Our graduates have gone on to work at world-leading companies such as NASA, Disney, the BBC, Warner Bros, HSBC, Gucci, BMW, Levi’s, IBM and Adidas.
Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.
Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni.
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?
% employed or in further studyMEDIUM89%
Average graduate salaryMEDIUM£16.3k
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers
Graduates who are functional managers and directors
Graduates who are design occupations
Employment prospects for graduates of this subject
The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year, design was behind only nursing in the number of graduates from UK universities with nearly 13,700. Not all areas of design have been affected equally by the recession, so bear this in mind when you look at the stats. At the moment, things are looking a little better for fashion and textile designers and not as good for interior or multimedia 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. This also varies by subject – fashion designers often find jobs in the North West. Some employers in the field, particularly in London, are a little prone to asking graduates to work for free, so while it’s not the norm – one in nine design graduates from 2012 starting design jobs in London were working unpaid – it does go on.
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