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Kingston University

Graphic Design

UCAS Code: W210

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

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

112

Applicants will need a minimum of 112 tariff points from recognised level 3 qualifications. Plus GCSE (A*–C or comparable numeric scores under the newly reformed GCSE gradings): five subjects including English and Maths (Key Skills Level 2 may be used in lieu of GCSE English and Maths). Offers will be made on the basis of your UCAS application, portfolio of work and interview for selected applicants. You will be notified by email giving you advice about how to upload your online portfolio, once we have received your application.

32%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Graphic design

Our Graphic Design BA course is underpinned by critical and historical investigation. Students are encouraged to develop a personal practice within the contemporary and emerging discipline through rigorous investigation of a range of focused projects. Indicative design fields include; photography, film and animation, typography, interaction, service design, social design, book and editorial design.

The course has strong links to industry, and students have opportunities throughout the course to participate in live projects and work with the broader design community. Collaboration, teamwork and cross-disciplinary projects are strongly encouraged to reflect professional practice. The course hosts regular visits to studios, events and conferences both within the UK and further afield, and influential guest speakers provide the latest insights into practice.

Our students have won 52 international competitions in the last four years including RSA, Creative Conscience Awards, ISTD and D&AD. This reflects the quality of work from this practice based course. Kingston School of Art is listed sixth for art and design in the Good University Guide and our BA Graphic Design course is ranked third in the UK in the Guardian Subject League Table 2018.

Kingston School of Art has dedicated studios and workshops that are unequalled nationally. Graphic Design students can access all the workshop facilities to support their engagement with the design schools philosophy of thinking through making. Many of our students take advantage of the ERASMUS scheme to spend a year studying or working in Europe, and we have a network of links with prestigious design institutions.

Modules

Examples of modules: Year 1 - Concept and Challenge; Visual Vocabularies; Communication and Context; Image and Text/Communication Design History; Year 2 - Process and Purpose; Interactions and Innovations; Design Directions; Critical Issues in Graphic Design: Research and Practice; Year 3 - Design Studies; Show and Presentation; Professional Portfolio; Dissertation: Research and Reflection

The Uni


Course location:

Kingston University

Department:

Design School

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.

83%
med
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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

86%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
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?

67%
UK students
33%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B
443

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.

£15,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
86%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Design occupations
8%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
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.

Creative arts and 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.

£15k

£15k

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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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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