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Graphic Design BA (Hons)

Education with the personal touch

Graphic Design BA (Hons)

Course fees: £10,225* *These fees apply if you are starting this course between September 2013 and August 2014. We recommend you check fees as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

Start date: September UCAS Code: W211

Assessment is based on coursework, relevant to each module. This may include portfolios of artwork, exhibitions, sketchbooks, research and background material, essays, reports and presentations.

Your career

Why choose this course? You will experience professional practice guidance throughout the course which will enable you to generate links with industry and produce effective media for self-promotion, helping to ensure a very successful transition to employment. You’ll create an original and distinctive design portfolio that you can use to showcase your creativity.

As a graduate you could work in areas such as art direction, editorial design, typography, branding, advertising, corporate identity, interactive media, signage, design consultancy or web design. Graduate Karen Stevens now works as an Art Director for Orchestra, a marketing and advertising agency in London's Canary Wharf. Tim Jones now works with bluechip companies as a Senior Art Director and Group Head at Big Communications in Oxford.





Visual Culture History


Teaching is delivered mainly through studio-based and experiential learning using project briefs. This is mixed with tutorials, lectures, seminars, visiting speakers and visits to galleries and exhibitions.

Graphic Design Practice

Visual Culture Theory



Duration: 3 years full time

How you’ll learn

What you’ll cover

Professional Practice

Directed Projects in Graphic Design


Language – A qualification such as IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas) or TOEFL – 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), 80 (internet based). See our website for other accepted qualifications or phone us: +44 (0)1332 591698.

This course will support you in developing dynamic and individual responses to creative projects, ranging from corporate identity, branding, advertising and typography to packaging and screen based moving images. We have strong links with national and local organisations, so you'll get the chance to work on professional briefs with external agencies such as Saatchi and Saatchi, OneDotZero, Spin, Rolls-Royce and Balfour Beatty, as well as many others.


Entry requirements: Academic – 260 UCAS tariff points, of which at least 220 must be from your International Baccalaureate or equivalent qualification.

About the course

Visual Culture Extended Essay

Negotiated Study in Graphic Design


Where you will study: Derby Campus – Markeaton Street site.


Specialist Practice in Graphic Design

Visual Exploration

Visual Problem Solving

Additional information


We’re a member of the D&AD (Designers and Art Direction), so you can be sure that the course is in step with developments in the industry.

Stage two You’ll choose from: ▪ Sequential Illustration ▪ Digital Moving Image ▪ Digital Strategies.

We also provide support for students starting out in the creative industries through our incubation unit – Banks Mill. It offers studio workspace and business development activities in a vibrant and thriving community of artists, designers and makers. You could also develop your skills and knowledge even further by continuing your studies on our MA Visual Communication course.


This is an excellent course with a relaxed, yet intense teaching structure. Doing the course has been excellent and the support needed has always been available. Tristain Nesbitt

Get in touch Tracy Allanson-Smith E: T: +44 (0)1332 593216

The information in this leaflet was correct when we produced it, but please check our website for the most up to date information.

Graphic Design BA (Hons)