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Liverpool John Moores University

Graphic Design and Illustration

UCAS Code: W210

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Minimum number of A Levels required: 2 Subject specific requirements: To include an Art/Design subject if no other level 3 Art/Design qualifications taken Is general studies acceptable? Yes Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications Average A Level offer: BBC Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Further information: At least 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 112 UCAS Tariff points in an Art/Design subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points, to include Visual Arts at HL

Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS Tariff points, to include Art at higher level and a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

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

DMM

Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in an Art/Design subject if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

112

What are we looking for? •An enthusiasm for Art & Design based subjects •Capable of discussing of Art & Design issues and influences •Visual awareness and communication •The ability to analyse and reflectively criticise While we take many students who are already certain about their eventual pathway through the programme it is not necessary at this stage for students to have made up their mind. We are more interested in ideas, attitude and students' approach to making work and less interested in technical prowess. Sketchbooks, reference and research work are as important as finished project work at interview. Assessment of suitability to the course will be undertaken by review of a portfolio of work and interview. ​UCAS Tariff points accepted from the Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design, and Art, Design and Media). Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be cnsidered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience. International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

34%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Graphic design

The BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Liverpool John Moores University has a well established reputation for developing innovative designers and illustrators, highly sought after by employers in this exciting but competitive sector.

- Students can access study abroad opportunities and prizes for overseas travel

- Diverse range of graphic arts covered including graphic design, illustration, printmaking, photography, animation, motion graphics and interactive design

- You will have opportunities to work with and be taught by renowned graphic designers, illustrators and professionals from the creative industries

- Opportunities to participate in ‘live’ projects, work collaboratively or in teams, and attend freelance and networking events

- Study in state-of-the-art facilities in the RIBA award-winning, Stirling Prize-nominated John Lennon Art and Design Building

Modules

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

•What? Studying Graphic Design and Illustration
•How? Making Graphic Design and Illustration
•Why? Applying the Creative Process
•Images
•Words
•Discourse

Level 5

•Investigate, Document, Present
•Future Thinking

The following options are typically offered:

•Graphic Design and Typography
•Graphic Design and the Screen
•Graphic Design and Identity
•Graphic Design and Context
•Illustration (Text and Image)
•Illustration (Materials and Media)
•Illustration (Creative Practice)
• Illustration (Context)

Level 6

•Graphic Arts Research Project
•Studio Projects
•Future Focus

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment methods

Most of your assessment will be in the form of a portfolio of finished work, with supporting sketchbooks and blogs of research and development work. You will also be expected to write some essays, reviews, proposals and a research project.

Practical work accounts for 75% of your marks and 25% for written work.

Constructive feedback is vital in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work. It is provided verbally during reviews and critiques of practical projects interim reviews.

At the end of each module, you will receive written feedback with an indication of your marks within three weeks of submitting work, although this may take longer if the marks go through an external moderation and approval process.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,450
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Liverpool John Moores University

Department:

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

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.

74%
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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

69%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
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.

£17,623
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Design occupations
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

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£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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