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Birmingham City University

Graphic Communication

UCAS Code: W211

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

minimum of 2 A Levels required although Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one A-level subjects. Applicants with 2 A Level qualifications or equivalent can combine with AS levels to achieve required points

AS

A,A-E,E

Must be considered along with a minimum of 2 of the following qualifications: A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas. Can also be considered in combination with a BTEC Extended Diploma, Art and Design Foundation Diploma or UAL Extended Diploma to obtain 112 pts.

60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered.

Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for. Can be considered along with a minimum of 2 of the following qualifications: A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas. Can also be considered in combination with a BTEC extended diploma, art and design foundation diploma or UAL extended diploma to obtain 112 pts

HNC (BTEC)

P

overall Must be in a course related to the degree subject being applied for.

HND (BTEC)

P

overall Must be in a course related to the degree subject being applied for.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 14 points or above from three higher level subjects and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points.

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects.

Must be offered along with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

Can be considered in combination with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.

Must be offered along with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

Must be offered along with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.

Must be offered along with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.

Must be combined with A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.

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

D*D*

Must be combined with A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.

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

DMM

Must be combined with A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.

Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).

Scottish Higher

C,C

CC Advanced Higher CC Highers

UCAS Tariff

112

Pass plus grades CC at A-Level (or equivalent qualifications) Must be offered along with either A-levels,AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Graphic design

Visual communication

Our diverse and exciting BA (Hons) Graphic Communication course is a must for anyone passionate about graphic design and looking to pursue a career in the industry.

Thanks to established links with major advertising groups, publishing houses and interactive design, the programme is structured to provide you with industry-quality skills in the fields of communication, branding and advertising design, both in print and online.

Lecturers are well placed to give commercially relevant guidance based on contemporary trends and historical contexts. We run an in-house agency that will prepare you for entering the world of design and your work experience will come from placements, studio visits and real life briefs.

What's covered in the course?

The Graphic Communication course expects you to stand out through your imaginative thinking, passion and commitment to new ideas and international perspectives. You will study a course that will test your design skills and help you identify the latest trends in design and communication on a world stage.

We need independent learners who are playful, full of passion and totally aware of the power they possess to facilitate changes, inform opinion and make their own mark in the creative industries.

In three years you will be engaged in all the practical and intellectual skills as leaders in an ever-changing commercial environment. Many graduates have gone on to become leaders in their field of specialism.

You will immerse yourself in our creative community, based at our City Centre Campus, where you will find screen-printing, letterpress facilities, Adobe software training rooms and studio facilities to enhance your design work.

You will engage with live project briefs with companies and partners, ranging from local to international, and your tutors are enthusiastic about their specialisms, fostering an invaluable knowledge transfer within the programme.

Your portfolio will be showcased to a number of potential employers through our home-grown and independent talent pool, We Grow Cherries, as well as during your graduate show. We run exciting trips to provide stimuli for your creative briefs, with cultural trips are planned for London, Berlin and New York, and these excursions will include visits to exhibitions, museums and studios visits.
Our end-of-year awards are sponsored and presented by high-profile names, with most award winners offered placements which have led to permanent employment.

Modules

In the first year you will be introduced to the diverse subject of visual communication and will gain confidence and knowledge in the discipline of graphic communication. You will develop creative and technical skills, underpinned by theories relating to creative practice. In year two you will contextualise your work, engaging in contemporary practice. Live projects, industry links and competitions form a key part of your work. You will also have the opportunity to opt for a collaborative practice module, working with students from different visual communication disciplines. In your final year you will focus on your specialism and have a greater depth of research and understanding, contextualised by a dissertation and a major project portfolio. You will prepare for self-promotion which will be supported by seminars and lectures from industry expert practitioners who explore area such as networking, freelance practice, entrepreneurship, self-promotion and media.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

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:

Parkside Building Campus

Department:

School of Visual Communication

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.

79%
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Graphic design
79%
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Visual communication

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

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

80%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

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.

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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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