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University of Portsmouth

Graphic Design

UCAS Code: W210

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

Entry requirements


104-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

106-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-48.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H3,H3,H3,H4,H4

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

D*D-D*D*

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM

104-112 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

104-112

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Applicants without art and design qualifications or experience may be asked to submit a digital portfolio in advance of an invitation to interview.

72%
Applicants receiving offers

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Graphic design

**Overview**
On this multi-award winning BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree course, you'll bring your creative ideas to life using the latest software and professional tools. You’ll examine the core principles of graphic design, learning how to apply your talent using traditional and digital media.

You’ll develop creative problem solving skills and learn to use design software including Adobe InDesign and Illustrator to give your design work a professional finish. The skills you acquire will enable you to join and contribute to the constantly evolving world of media and design.

A degree in graphic design could open doors to a creative career in areas such as editorial and print design, interactive and web design, motion graphics and specialist typography.

The curriculum on this BA (Hons) Graphic Design course has a strong emphasis on research- and industry-informed design practice. Many of the course lecturers are active researchers and we have strong links with the design industry.

Past students from this course have been shortlisted for The Society of British and International Design, commended in the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA), and have won the You Can Now (YCN) and British Design & Art Direction (D&AD) New Blood “Ones to Watch” awards. Students have also gained membership of the International Society of Typographic Designers, been featured in Digital Arts magazine, Blueprint magazine and Creative Boom, and won designer of the year and the Screening Prize at New Designers.

**What you'll experience**
On this Graphic Design degree course you’ll:
- Access specialist production facilities to develop techniques like screen printing, letterpress, laser cutting and dye sublimation printing

- Take Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) qualifications as part of the course – one of our final-year students won the industry-acclaimed UK Adobe Championship in 2017

- Get an industry perspective from guest speakers – past guests have included Alan Kitching, Mark Ovenden, and industry professionals from design studios FontSmith and SomeOne

- Be taught by a mix of academic staff and working professionals

- Have the opportunity to enter international competitions like YCN, RSA, D&AS and achieve membership of the International Society of Typographic Designers (iSTD)

- Have the opportunity to take part in events like SKY Creative Day

- Choose whether to do a traditional dissertation or produce a practical project

**Careers and opportunities**
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

**What can you do with a Graphic Design degree?**
You could work in many areas of media, including:
- magazine design publishing

- branding and design agencies

- art direction and advertising

- website design

- work in the television and film industries

- further study and research

Graduates from this course have gone on to work with these companies and design studios:
- Precedent

- Why Not Associates

- I Love Dust

- Aardman Digital

- The Light Surgeons

- Fitch

- 4IV

- Rubrik

- FHM Magazine

You could also set up your own business or work as a freelancer. Examples of businesses past students have set up include:
- Territory Studio

- Bright Agency

- Debut Art

- Strong Island

- MWM Creative

- Lethal Creative Studio

- iLoveDust

Modules

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

YEAR ONE
(Core)
- Introduction to Graphic Design
- Fundamentals of Design Practice
- Information Design
- Screen Design – Motion Graphics
- Research-Informed Design Thinking
- Introduction to Visual Culture

There are no optional modules in this year.

YEAR TWO
(Core)
- Developing Design Practice
- Screen Design – Interactive
- Ethical Design
- Professional Practice – Identity and Branding

(Optional)
- Professional Practice – Live Design Briefs
- Professional Experience
- Student Enterprise
- Visual Culture: Visions of the Body
- Visual Culture: Cult Films and Postmodernism
- Visual Culture: Design, Style and Identity
- Visual Culture: Issues of Representation
- Visual Culture: Technology and the Image

PLACEMENT YEAR
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

YEAR THREE
(Core)
- Graphic Design Major Project – Research, Development and Resolution
- Professional Practice – Design Briefs and Competitions
- Professional Practice – Promotion and Employability
- Professional Practice - Design Studio Practice

(Optional)
- Visual Culture: Dissertation
- Visual Culture: Research Project
- Visual Culture: Research Paper
- Visual Culture: Research Extended Project

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

Not a fan of exams? Don't worry – there aren't any on this course. Instead, you can let your designs do the talking.

You’ll be assessed through:

- project presentations
- research and developmental work
- design portfolios
- written essays or reports

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 100% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

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
International
£14,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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.

87%
high
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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

82%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

59%
Design occupations
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Artistic, literary and media 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.

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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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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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