Ways to study this course – UCAS Code: W211
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2015 | 2014
BA (Hons) 4 years part-time 2015 | 2014
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UCAS points guide Tuition fee % applicants receiving offers

260

£9,000

62%

Subjects Student score % employed or in further study Average graduate salary
Design studies
MEDIUM 83% MEDIUM 87% MEDIUM £15.5k

What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level None stated
Scottish Highers None stated

DD*

Grades given as example. 220-260 tariff points required.

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Grades given as example. 220-260 tariff points required.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 260 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,000

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 £3,465 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,465 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest

% applicants receiving offers

62%

This can indicate the level of competition for places on this course, but a high percentage doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get one, and vice versa.

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

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

Unfortunately we don't have any UCAS course information to display.

Modules

Year 1: Visual problem solving: this module explores students’ 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.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
50%
50%

Year 1

45%
55%

Year 2

40%
60%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
100%

Year 1

100%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

University of Derby

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.

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

Who studies this subject?

Sources: BestCourse4Me & 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

2% of students here are from outside the UK

Drop-out rate

7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course

Full-time / Part-time

2% of students are part-time

Male / Female

66% of students are female

Achievement

36% of students achieved a 2:1 or above

Typical UCAS points

260 entry points typically achieved by students

Most popular subjects students studied before attending

Here's an idea of the academic background of students from the last five years, to give you a flavour of the type of people who take this subject.

General Studies

26%

Most common grade was D (24%)

Design and Technology

26%

Most common grade was C (27%)

Art and Design

83%

Most common grade was B (16%)

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 86%
Student score MEDIUM 83%

Able to access IT resources

86%

Staff made the subject interesting

85%

Library resources are satisfactory

90%

Feedback on work has been helpful

84%

Feedback on work has been prompt

85%

Staff are good at explaining things

87%

Received sufficient advice and support

84%

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 MEDIUM 87%
Average graduate salary MEDIUM £15.5k

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Graduates who are functional managers and directors

4%

Graduates who are design occupations

22%

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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