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Plymouth University

Graphic Communication with Typography

UCAS Code: W215

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

Entry requirements


112 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably Art & Design, Humanities or Combined), with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

English and Mathematics accepted within

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Including English and Mathematics

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

D*D*

In any subject

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

In any subject

Considered in combination

112 tariff points, including two Advanced Highers

In combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

112

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Graphic design

Develop innovative ideas and concepts in response to design briefs, and creatively solve design problems using words and typography. With employers placing great emphasis on graduates having typographic knowledge, you’ll stand out in the job market. Good graphic communication relies on the important relationship between type and imagery... Or maybe type can be the image?

You’ll develop your knowledge and develop yourself by taking advantage of a learning environment that includes open plan studios with a 360 degree view of Plymouth, a city at the heart of art and culture in the South West. You’ll also get yourself prepared for your dream career: our graduates finding creative fulfilment working for companies such as Future Publishing, Pearlfisher and The Times.

* Draw on support from experienced, committed tutors who are passionate about design.

* 100 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things; 100 per cent of students agreed staff made the subject interesting; 94 per cent of students agreed they have received sufficient advice and support and 100 per cent of students were satisfied overall. 85 per cent of students were in work/study six months after finishing (source: 2016 NSS and 2016 DLHE survey results available on Unistats*).

* In your final year you can choose a specialism to match your interests and career goals with options that relate directly to the design industry. Choose from identity and branding, editorial and publishing and Information design.

* Develop your knowledge and develop yourself by taking advantage of a learning environment that includes open plan studios with a 360 degree view of Plymouth, a city at the heart of art and culture in the South West.

Modules

In your first year, We'll introduce you to the foundations of good communication design and basic design principles, as well as typography and its relationship with imagery. Set briefs will help you engage with conceptual thinking and experimentation, we encourage risk-taking. Take advantage of access to industry-relevant software as well as our letterpress and printmaking studios.

In year two you'll expand your knowledge and confidence of communication design principles and enhance your critical and presentation skills. You’ll undertake work placements, work on live briefs and enter design competitions. You'll explore communication design career interests and have opportunities to study abroad and share your work in the end-of-year exhibition.

In your final year, you’ll undertake self-led study relating to a career in design or postgraduate study. Your major project will reflect your passions and ambitions, and you will produce a dissertation. In addition to the core award, you can choose from three industry-related award options: identity and branding, editorial and publishing or information design. Your work will be shared with the international art and design community at the end-of-year-degree show and D&AD New Blood Festival.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

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
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth University

Department:

School of Art, Design and Architecture

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.

81%
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

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
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

87%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C
331

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.

£15,000
med
Average annual salary
86%
low
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Design occupations
12%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
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

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£13k

£13k

£16k

£16k

£17k

£17k

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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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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