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Bath Spa University

Graphic Communication (Professional Placement Year)

UCAS Code: S168

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-C,C,C

Grades BCC including Grade B in Art & Design or Graphics or related subjects preferred.

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) in addition to evidence of further experience in Art & Design.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

A minimum of 27 points will be required in addition to a HL Art subject at grade 6 and evidence of further experience in Art & Design.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MMM

Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit. Merit (MMM) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art.

UCAS Tariff

96-104

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Graphic design

This is the 4 year course which includes a Professional Placement Year.Graphic Communication at Bath Spa University is a broad, practice based course that encourages hands-on, ideas based and socially engaged design.With an emphasis on understanding and challenging design conventions youll study carefully structured modules. Youll be taught the critical, technical and aesthetic skills necessary to become a professional graphic communicator: designer, typographer, illustrator, or imagemaker. Youll also benefit from workshop facilities in specialist craft areas, such as letterpress, photography, screenprinting, etching and lithography, and complement our digital resources.- Be taught by a team of full time and visiting tutors, who are design specialists and graphic communication practitioners.- Have highly regarded national and international designers and illustrators share their experience through our course specific lecture series.- Cover topics such as typography and image making, including illustration across print, screen and interactive media. - Produce creative and challenging outcomes across a range of media. - Graduate as a strategic thinker, innovator and maker.**More about the Professional Placement Year**A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.

Modules

In Year One, you’ll study carefully structured studio modules examining the core aspects of graphic communication, typography and image. You’ll learn to conceptualise, produce and critique type and images. Attending specialist workshops such as drawing, screen­printing, letterpress, etching and lithography, which will help you develop practical skills.

Year Two will explore interactive media in the context of type and image. You can choose to focus on graphic design, illustration or interactive media, or keep an interdisciplinary approach. There will also be optional modules to choose from.

Finally in Year Three, you’ll produce a series of portfolio projects and live briefs provide experience of dealing with clients and real production problems and solutions.

For more information please refer to the website.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bath Spa University

Department:

Bath School of Art and Design

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.

68%
low
Graphic 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

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
70%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
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

65%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
28%
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?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
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.

£15,500
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
87%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Design occupations
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Graphic 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.

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

£19k

£19k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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