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Oxford Brookes University

Graphic Design

UCAS Code: W214

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

Entry requirements


Art, Design, or Design and Technology strongly recommended.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Mathematics - Grade 4/C English - Grade 4/C At least one further subject at Grade 4/C

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

UCAS Tariff

112

Art, Design, or Design and Technology strongly recommended.

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time | 2020

Subject

Graphic design

The BA (Hons) in Graphic Design has been designed to develop independent, critically alert and contextually astute design thinkers, able to analyse and interrogate design practices and visual cultures in relationship to wider social, political and theoretical debates. From creative artisan workshops exploring making, through to the latest technology and software, students will develop the technical skills and creative confidence to be innovative thinkers through a broad variety of medias and practices. Students will evolve into intelligent, original and commercially compelling graphic designers with a world view of social consciousness, ethics and sustainability.

Students will establish themselves as reflexive and socially responsible design practitioners, able to communicate and collaborate effectively and professionally. This will be with the support of an experienced teaching team who will provide a supportive learning context that is highly professional and industrially connected. The education of agile and reflective graphic designers, well placed to author their own careers in an evolving, interdisciplinary sector is at the forefront of the School ethos.

From the outset, the work students produce is project-led and practice-based, working within a studio environment that emulates industry methods and exposes the student to the creative challenges and pressures of the professional world. The curriculum is enhanced by visiting professionals from the creative industries, industrially recognised competitions and live projects with external clients. Employability skills required to work effectively in the creative industries are embedded throughout the programme using the University’s Graduate attributes which are mapped against the programme outcomes.
The course is delivered through a varied mix of practical workshops, technical demonstrations and studio practice balanced with lectures, seminars and presentations to ensure an inclusive approach to learning.
Studio spaces and technical resources have been designed to provide a professional working environment which mirrors industry practice and fosters collaboration and communication as key aspects to an emerging designer’s toolkit.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Oxford Brookes University

Department:

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

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

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

92%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

38%
Design occupations
25%
Construction and building trades
4%
Artistic, literary and media 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.

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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£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

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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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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