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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Design studies
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
97% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

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

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

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.

Nottingham Trent University

Students on campus Nottingham Trent University

We have earned a reputation for outstanding graduate employability, excellent teaching standards, impressive student services, and a diverse but close-knit student community. Our main city site is ideally located in Nottingham's cosmopolitan centre. We can offer you excellent nightlife, a city bursting with culture, a lively students' union and reliable support throughout your studies.

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
78% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
387 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
65% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% HIGH
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are design occupations


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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