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Graphic Design

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About this course

Accreditations and partnerships:

The UK Socrates-Erasmus Council
Creative Skillset
  • Entry year: 2016/17
  • Course code: W211
  • Applications: UCAS
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Tariff points: 280
  • Department: Art and Design
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Duration: Three years
  • Delivery: Part-time, Full-time
  • Study abroad: Yes
  • Programme leader: Colum Leith
  • Key fact: Our BA(Hons) Graphic Design is taught by practising graphic designers. You will learn in a studio environment with professional-standard facilities and a real-world dynamic.


Why BA(Hons) Graphic Design?

Graphic design, in its many forms, makes an increasingly powerful contribution to the cultural and economic life of contemporary society. It exists in the public domain, is an indicator of current cultural thinking and is a catalyst for social, cultural and political change. Our BA(Hons) Graphic Design explores the changing concept of graphic design and the role of the graphic designer in society and the professional world; designer as curator, author, craftsperson, editor, educator, collaborator and agitator.

The course provides excellent preparation for a creative career in the UK and abroad. Many of our graduates establish their own freelance businesses or independent design companies.

Why study this course?

Graphic Design is based on Bristol's historic waterfront at the Arnolfini. Situated above this internationally renowned centre for contemporary art, you will be at the heart of Bristol's creative and cultural community, with access to UWE Bristol's City Campus and all it has to offer.

Taught by practising graphic designers, learning takes place in a studio environment with exceptional department facilities and a real-world dynamic. The course ranks very highly in the National Student Survey (NSS).

Nine final year students on the course won prestigious national awards in the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Student Design Awards 2014/15.

Over the past six years, graduates' work has been exhibited at D&AD New Blood, London, where they have won Best in Show awards and commendation for collaborative projects.

Current students are regularly shortlisted for the Best British Book Design and Production Awards, with second-year student Jake Gunn winning in the Best Student Book category in 2014.

Real-world experience

Our strong industry links with the thriving city of Bristol ensure ongoing input from professional designers. You will not work on hypothetical designs. Projects are socially and culturally relevant, whether undertaken inside or outside the University.

We encourage and support work placements, internships and volunteering throughout the course. We have welcomed speakers from Julia Studio, Moving Brands, Mother London, Muf, APFEL and Bookworks, among many others.

Where it can take you

The course provides excellent preparation for a rewarding freelance or studio careers in graphic design. Many of our graduates have found work with highly respected companies in the UK and worldwide.

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