BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2016
BA (Hons) 4 years part-time 2016
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Design studies
Student score
85% HIGH
% employed or in further study
98% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£16k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Grades given as example. 260-320 tariff points required.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Grades given as example. 260-320 tariff points required.

International Baccalaureate

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 280 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The course is practice based and project led. Practical work is supported by critical thinking and contextual studies that explore the cultures, histories and contexts of graphic design. You will experience everything from fundamental craft and making skills like drawing, letterpress and screen-printing to laser cutting and digital workshops in the latest industry software. You will develop the knowledge, skills and experience you need to become creative, resourceful and adaptable graphic designers.


Year 1: Visual problem solving: this module explores studentsâ?? personal approach to communicating visual ideas; they tackle creative projects through drawing, image making and letter forms; visual exploration: this practical studio based module encourages students to explore communication through drawing, the figure, digital photography, video, printmaking and letter forms to communicate; digital studio practice: this workshop module introduces students to the fundamental skills of digital design and image creation; communication and culture 1: this lecture based module investigates visual communication and its influence and impact on history and society; professional studies in visual communication 1: this module introduces students to personal planning. Year 2: Directed projects in graphic design: this module focuses on developing students individual approach to graphic design, with emphasis on effective communication to a given audience; students are expected to push the boundaries, research, critically analyse and challenge existing ideas; design solutions: this optional module explores design solutions for magazines, books and posters, literature, identity and new media formats; digital moving images: this optional module provides students with an opportunity to focus on making and manipulating digital moving images for short films; sequential illustration: this optional module focuses on creating sequential and narrative illustrations to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of formats including books, exhibitions, in magazines and the press, and on packaging; advanced digital studio practice: this workshop module enables students to build on the knowledge and skills they developed in the digital studio practice module; communication and culture 2: this lecture based module explores visual communication issues and themes including gender, age and ethnic identity, as well the cultural role of visual communication in society; professional studies in visual communication 2: this module explores the many aspects of visual communication and encourages students to explore their specific areas of interest with regards to postgraduate opportunities and their future career. Year 3: Negotiated study in graphic design: for this module students complete a challenging practical project, which expresses their individuality and direction within graphic design; research and planning for independent study: this module forms the initial decision making, planning and preparation phase for their final major project; students select, plan, explore and experiment with work to their own theme; independent study in graphic design: this module enables students to define themselves as a graphic designer by presenting a substantial piece of work that expresses their individual creative and professional potential; resolution: this module challenges students to respond to a live project brief from an external company, with individuality and professionalism; communication and culture 3: this module gives students the opportunity to research an area that interests them, and to write an extended essay; professional studies in visual communication 3: this module explores professionalism in the visual communication industry, and encourages students to investigate careers and further study routes.

University of Derby

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At Derby we provide you with education with the personal touch. We're a friendly, down-to-earth uni based in the Midlands. At Derby, you'll have to work just as hard to get your degree as at other universities, but we like to do things a bit differently. We believe in being approachable and caring, offering our students plenty of support and treating people as individuals.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

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.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 85% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Received sufficient advice and support



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
9% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
63% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
311 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
58% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
13% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

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 study 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £16k MED
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are design occupations


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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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