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Plymouth College of Art

Graphic Communication

UCAS Code: W214

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

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

112-120

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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

**BA (Hons) Graphic Communication is an ambitious course that responds to the opportunities presented through emerging communication methods. It supports the development of specialist and generalist approaches to graphic communication, with a focus on the opportunities afforded by advances in new technologies alongside those offered by traditional or hybrid approaches.**

Graphic design is a central component in the course, but this forms part of a wider understanding and application of expanded communication methods through graphic means.

- Our staff are practising designers, with experience in design, typography, publishing, branding, photography, printmaking and more.

- Explore both traditional resources and digital technology to support your creative design thinking.

Effective communication is essential if we are to face the many challenges in front of us as a global community. Graphics is an international language with which to create 360 degree communication with each new generation. Working with both physical and digital resources, you will forge your own professional journey within an ever expanding communication landscape. You will have opportunities to explore motion, print, social and interactive media, to produce powerful and meaningful graphic content.

We work with design agencies and public communication voices regionally, nationally and worldwide on commercial campaigns and social media. Recently our students have worked with JDO Raw, Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs, Plymouth Design Forum, Upshot Design Agency, Creative Conscience, Getty Images, Trevor Pettit, and Ramuntcho Matta.

This course was previously titled BA (Hons) Graphic Design. The new title reflects the inclusion of a broader range of communication methods available using modern technology.

Modules

Our three-year programme includes guest lectures from renowned speakers and visits to start up agencies culminating in a major exhibition of work on a national platform in London.
You’ll gain skills and knowledge while developing your creativity and understanding of the wider professional context. You will also get the chance to exercise your entrepreneurial ambitions and work directly with live clients and global design studios, and generate your own saleable design projects.
Our graduates do fantastic things - from creating designs for The Rolling Stones and Katy Perry to working with Wu-Tang Clan and Nine Inch Nails.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth College of Art

Department:

Design and Communication

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.

72%
low
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

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

72%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Graphic design

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