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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Design studies
Student score
73% MED
% employed or in further study
91% LOW
Average graduate salary
£16.3k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Scottish Highers

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-114 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

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. 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.


University of Cumbria

Carrock halls of residence

The University of Cumbria has multiple campuses - from Carlisle to London! - each offering a unique learning experience which enables students to have that small campus feel but be part of a bigger university community. With strong focus on vocational learning, it is 2nd in the UK for graduate employability with 97% in employment or further study within six months.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 70%
Student score 73% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
4% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
46% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
285 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
53% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
15% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £16.3k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are design occupations


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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