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Nottingham Trent University

Graphic Design

UCAS Code: W211

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

Entry requirements

A level


112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or GCSE Science grade C/4 or equivalent

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-Levels or equivalent qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma


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About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2018


Graphic design

This award-winning and professionally accredited course will give you the chance to learn about graphic design and engage with it in a way that reflects current industry practice. You will have the chance to study the broadest range of disciplines including typography, branding, advertising, illustration, editorial design, interactive design, animation, moving image, information design, and packaging.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers and has been awarded the Creative Skillset tick which is testament to the course’s quality and strong links with businesses. You’ll be equipped with the professional, creative, intellectual, and technical skills you need to work successfully within the global design profession, and it is known for producing interdisciplinary graduates who are industry-ready.

By the end of the course you will have developed a professional portfolio tailored to your own career aspirations, and be ready to pursue a career in design. You’ll be taught through lectures, workshops and tutorials and the whole course is assessed 100% through coursework.

This course will provide you with vital skills which many of today’s leading employers are looking for. NTU will ensure that you explore the whole subject area of Graphic Design from typography to illustration and to interactive design. You’ll learn by using industry-standard equipment and the latest software. You’ll participate in national and international companies on live briefs and competitions with well-known companies such as Tigerprint, Hallmark, Cartils and Vault 49, which will teach you skills such as time management, organisation and developing work to a professional standard. This will then encourage you to seek your own work placements and continue to build links with industry professionals.

You may wish to study abroad during your second year of study at one of our partner universities in Europe through the Erasmus+ scheme. You’ll also be able to attend regular field trips and study trips based in Berlin or New York. During your final year you may be selected to showcase your work at graduate exhibitions such as New Designers.

Many of our recent graduates have secured jobs at well-known design consultancies working as junior designers, studio assistants, digital and print designers and children’s book designers. Others have landed exciting positions at companies such as: Hallmark Cards; Sky; Unidays and Harvey Nichols. 95% of our Graphic Design graduates are in a professional or managerial job within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015 - 16).


Overall, there are five modules within this course, two modules in your first and second year and one module during your final year. Year One: Design Studio 1 - You will learn about, and begin to practise, the process behind effective graphic design. You will focus on topics such as typography, image-making, branding, packaging, editorial design, illustration, and film or animation. • Visual Culture 1 - You will be given an introduction to the history of graphic design, from the Renaissance to the present day. You will study the factors that have shaped graphic design and the role that this discipline has played in spreading ideas. Year Two: Design Studio 2 - You will build on your Year One experimentation, creative skills, and techniques. You will engage with tutor-written briefs, live industry projects, and both negotiated and competition briefs. In order to identify your personal strengths and interests – and your own identity as a designer – you will also explore the varied strands of contemporary graphic design practice. • Visual Culture - This historical and theoretical module will prepare you for your final year dissertation. Upon completion, you will be able to identify
characteristics of graphic design through reference to other creative practices and media forms. Final Year: This module includes both studio work and a written dissertation. In your studio work you will focus on independent learning and portfolio development, and complete a number projects. This includes professional membership schemes (ISTD student assessment scheme), student competitions (D&AD, RSA Student Design Awards, Creative Conscience Awards, YCN, Roses Student Awards), negotiated projects, and live briefs. You’ll also write a 5,000 word dissertation based on a subject relevant to visual culture that you can negotiate with tutors.

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What students say

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Feedback on work has been timely
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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

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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

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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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