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Loughborough University

Graphic Communication and Illustration

UCAS Code: W901

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

A typical offer for applicants without a Foundation course is ABB from 3 A-Levels.

Considered on a case by case basis. Please contact Loughborough University directly

This qualification is accepted in combination with other qualifications. For details please contact Loughborough University

We recognise the benefit of the Extended Project in developing independent research and critical thinking skills. We would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, and while we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

34 points with 6 5 5 in HL subjects

Considered on a case by case basis. Please contact Loughborough University directly

Applicants with a BTEC Foundation Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma or similar will be considered

Considered on a case by case basis. Please contact Loughborough University directly

Applicants taking the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma will be asked to achieve the A level requirements for their course as part of their qualification. The Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted alongside two A levels as long as individual course entry and subject requirements are met. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/

UCAS Tariff

128

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29%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2018

Subjects

Graphic design

Illustration

Loughborough's Graphic Communication and Illustration course has an enviable reputation for developing students to be superb visual thinkers who excel in the creative industries. By combining graphic communication and illustration in one degree, our course offers you the unique advantage of teaching a specialised skillset that can be applied to a greater range of industries and technical formats.Graphic Communication and Illustration is a flexible course that can be tailored to your interests, whether those are in computer-aided design, hand-drawn illustrations, app development, computer game development, or visual branding. The potential is vast, with final projects having previously included; corporate advertisement campaigns, childrens book illustrations, websites, smart phone and tablet apps, brochures, computer games, illustrated comics, puppet animations, and animated films, amongst others.As a student, you will develop creative ideas and related visualisation skills, equipping you with the fundamental ingredients to work within your chosen industry. You will receive the very best opportunities to grow as an artist, with chances to showcase your work at exhibitions, and an international study visit. We have strong industry links and aid our students in gaining work experience and placement opportunities in the UK and internationally. Recent placements have included Blue Peter, Lost Boys International, Vocalink, Chanel (Paris), Vogue and Dinamo.

Modules

Year 1:
Areas studied include visual research, visual methods,
research, analysis and study skills.
Year 2:
Areas studied include content and context of society,
culture and economy, and interpreting environments
and audiences.
Optional placement/study year:
Optional professional placement and/or overseas study.
Final year:
Areas studied include directions and destinations in
graphic communication, moving image and illustration,
practice and dissertation.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Loughborough University

Department:

School of the Arts

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.

80%
med
Graphic design
80%
med
Illustration

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

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
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

85%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
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?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
83%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Design occupations
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
5%
Engineering professionals
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.

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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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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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