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University of Cumbria

Graphic Design (with integrated foundation year)

UCAS Code: W215

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

Entry requirements


A level

D,D,D-C,D

Access to HE Diploma

M:21,P:24

60 credits, 45 must be graded at Level 3

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

MMP-MPP

Scottish Higher

C,C,D,D-D,D,D,D

UCAS Tariff

56-72
50%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Graphic design

To break into the competitive but rewarding graphic design industry, you’ll need an exciting portfolio, excellent subject knowledge, the skills to use the latest equipment and technology used in the profession – and your own unique flair in creatively solving communication problems.

And our hands-on course, designed to take you to your creative limits, will enable you to do all of this to step smoothly and successfully into your career as a professional designer.

Our foundation course includes a year of introduction to the fundamentals of design, looking at where ideas come from and how to develop them. We will show you how to question and re-evaluate your designs, testing alternative solutions to produce the best end result.

**Why Choose University of Cumbria**

Our aim is to give you the professional experience of being a graphic designer before you even graduate.

So, you’ll take on real-world, innovative project briefs, done in profession-expected timescales, and with a minimum of 25 in total, you’ll compile an impressive portfolio.

- Small classes mean we get to know you well and provide detailed, personal feedback throughout your studies

- 80% of your studies will be practical, so you’re not just learning, you’re doing graphic design

- You have access to all our workshop facilities including print-making, 3D printing, laser- cutting and animation suites

- You’ll be working in a huge, modern and professionally-equipped studio space

- Use the latest technology and software that you’ll use in the real world: Adobe Creative Cloud

- All tutors are experts in graphic design, magazine design, illustration and typography

- Our excellent industry links give you good networking opportunities, boosting your job prospects

- You’ll complete a wide variety of projects so you can find and then focus on your specialities

- Your studies take place in our dedicated arts campus

- You’ll get practical demonstrations, visits and feedback from professional designers

You’ll learn the basic skills from idea visualisation to up-to-date multi-media practice on our dynamic course, allowing you to produce exciting designs across a wide range of traditional and digital media.

We’ll help you to build a portfolio to wow future employers, along with the confidence and creative skills necessary to stand out from the crowd as a professional designer when applying for a job.

Tuition fees

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

England
£6,000
per year
EU
£6,000
per year
International
£7,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,000
per year
Scotland
£6,000
per year
Wales
£6,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Carlisle - Brampton Road

Department:

Institute of the 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.

71%
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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

62%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
56%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A*
C

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.

£16,088
low
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
87%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

30%
Design occupations
20%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Other elementary services 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.

£14k

£14k

£16k

£16k

£18k

£18k

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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