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Robert Gordon University

Communication Design

UCAS Code: WW26

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C

To include include Art / Design and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

Access to HE Diploma

M:45,P:15

Pass 60 credits to include 45 at Level 3 at grade merit in an Art discipline.

HNC (BTEC)

P

Relevant HNC will be considered for entry to year 1 or 2.

HND (BTEC)

P

Relevant HND will be considered for entry.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

To include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3

To include Art and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

Preferably to be held in an Art related discipline.

Accepted

Scottish HNC

Pass

Relevant HNC will be considered for entry to year 1 or 2.

Scottish HND

Pass

Relevant HND will be considered for entry.

Scottish Higher

B,B,C

To include Art / Design and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

UCAS Tariff

72-75

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35%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Design

This course will equip you with an extensive understanding of the Communication Design disciplines and provide you with an opportunity to focus your study towards a chosen specialism.
Students will develop the creative, critical and technical skills necessary to pursue a career within the ever evolving communication design professions across a wide range of industry sectors.

The curriculum is focused on developing ideas and problem-solving skills via a process of self-directed study, research, experimentation, creativity, innovation and enterprise.

Subjects within the programme of study include Graphics, Illustration, Photography, as well as 3D Visualization, Animation, Videography, and Interactive & Web Design.

Industry-led projects, European exchanges, national design competitions, work placements and internships are all integral to the curriculum.

Our distinctive cross-disciplinary approach to learning included the integration of the design disciplines and student cohorts within open plan design studios.

Key activities relate to professional and commercial practice and new business start-up activities encourage our graduates to adopt an entrepreneurial outlook.

The wide variety of opportunities and learning experiences raise awareness of the fast paced and changing context of communication design.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£6,750
per year
England
£6,750
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£12,730
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,750
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£6,750
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Robert Gordon University

Department:

Gray's School of Art

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.

77%
med
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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

69%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
48%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Design occupations
20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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.

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.

£15k

£15k

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

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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Graduate field commentary:

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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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