GRAPHIC DESIGN BA (HONS) DEGREE

Overview

About the Course

Explore your creative design style and prepare for a career in graphic design, learning from lecturers with industry experience and using the latest design software. This course starts each September and is awarded by the University of Surrey.

Course highlights

  • It provides a route into careers related to graphic design, illustration, web design, branding, marketing and more
  • Previous placements have included Meanfiddler, Marks & Spencer, Good Empire, Fast Car Magazine, Drum, Zombie Collective and Quad Graphics
  • You will have opportunities to work on live briefs for industry clients
  • Taught at University Centre Farnborough, with modern study facilities and access to Adobe software
  • Previous guest visits have included Dan Mumford, Mica Murphy, Lauren Marina, Rawnet, and G.S Smith

See an example of the work our students do with industry in this example from Rawnet.

 

 

Why study this course with us?

This programme is perfect for those with a creative flair for designing, drawing, web design or photography. We encounter the work of graphic designers every day – on packaging, magazines, books, advertising and online. The ability to explore the different techniques and skills for each of these mediums could lead to a range of interesting careers.

At Farnborough, you will be involved with live industry briefs, design work placements and international design competitions. You will also be taught the latest Adobe Creative Suite software including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and After Effects in modern Apple Mac studios. The design studio is fitted out with large format printers, a 3D printing facility and computerised cutting facility.

A degree in graphic design will hone your design skills and encourage your own creative style that will be evident in your portfolio of work produced over the two years of study, which will help set you apart from other candidates when starting your new career. 

WHO IS THIS PROGRAMME FOR?

This degree is aimed at students who wish to develop their skills and portfolios to work in the diverse graphic design industry. You might currently be studying a Level 3, A Level, or Access to Higher Education course; be returning to education after a break, or wish to transfer from another higher education institution. It may also be possible for you to join this course in its second or third year following relevant qualifications and/or experience in the workplace. 

FEES

A two-year accelerated degree condenses a three-year bachelor's programme into a shorter timeframe, offering a focused curriculum and allowing you to graduate faster. 

On our accelerated degrees, you only pay tuition fees for two years, instead of three. This makes the programmes more affordable when compared with traditional degrees:

Type of degree Total tuition fees
Typical three-year degree at a large university £27,750
Two-year accelerated degree at Farnborough £18,000
Savings £9,750

 

Fees

FEE COST
Fee Per Year £9000

Paying for this Course

There are no up-front tuition fees for this course when taking out a student loan. Read more and find out if you are eligible.

Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.

Your Course

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in a series of practical lecturers and workshops, with supporting contextual lectures.

What modules are covered?

Level 4:

  • Type & Layout
  • Type & Image
  • Introduction to Web
  • Cultural Impact
  • Design with Materials
  • Professional Practice
  • Academic Studies
  • Digital Image Techniques

Level 5:

  • Design for Print
  • Motion Design
  • Branding & Promotion
  • Interactive Design
  • Information Graphics
  • Collaborative Production
  • Industrial Placement
  • Research Practice

Level 6:

  • Applied Practice
  • Creative Narrative
  • Dissertation
  • Major Design Project

In addition to taught modules, a final year project will allow you to choose a topic to investigate in greater depth. Recent examples have included packaging design, branding, publication design, web and app interface design.

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes in-class tests, practical work, coursework, assignments, examination, practical demonstrations, and production report and project presentations.

Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

Your Future

What Next?
 

Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

Applicants must have a portfolio of creative work showcasing their current design and creative skills and experience in a creative subject.

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are separate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code - 319B

Institution Code - F66

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

Either: 

  • 72 UCAS points from relevant subject(s) and a portfolio
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma, with suitable grades, and a portfolio 
  • As a mature students who has relevant evidence of work experience and/or relevant recent study following a successful interview 

If English is not your first language, evidence of your ability will need to be supplied with your applications. IELTS 6.5 is required. 

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The stand out thing for me was the enthusiasm of the tutors. They worked well as a team and I really got a sense of their passion for the subject, and that transferred itself to the rest of the students in our class.
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WHY STUDY AT FARNBOROUGH?
CAREER FOCUSED DEGREES
We focus on giving you the skills and knowledge to kick-start your career, which is why many of our courses are more hands-on than you might expect.
CLASSROOM BASED LECTURES
Our class sizes are similar to college, which means you won’t get lost in the crowd or feel like just a number with us.
SMALL CAMPUS EXPERIENCE
Our small campus is full of plants, natural light, and new facilities that will help you feel good while studying. Plus, you’ll have exclusive access to University Centre study spaces in the College.
PLENTY OF PERSONALISED SUPPORT
Studying a degree at a small institution means your lecturers will know all your strengths and weaknesses, and give you valuable feedback and support to help you go further.
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