Our focus is upon producing graduates who are both technically good designers but are also socially, and ethically aware. The programme produces highly employable graduates, working in the creative industries, whether this be working in private practice, a design studio, a publishing house, a local authority, education, a museum, or charity or one of the newer digital industries. The professional opportunities for well-trained and educated graphic designers are broad and varied.
If the first year was broadly about skills, the second year is broadly about becoming a professional designer. The core modules build on the areas covered in the first year, The briefs are longer and more challenging and we expect a more exploratory and intellectual approach to the students work than that of the first year. The Visual Studies continues with the theme of creative thinking. In the major project in the students devise and write their own brief(s) in negotiation with the staff, and this is seen as a stepping-stone to the third year.
The third year is very student led, students negotiate their own briefs and deadlines. There are fewer formal lectures and more tutorial or seminar groups. Competitions and external work are undertaken and students can tailor their portfolios to the kind of job they want to do via self-generated projects. The staff encourage the students to take on substantial pieces of work, which will challenge them both intellectually and technically. The self-generated projects are there to allow the student creative freedom in the work, away from commercial constraints. The external projects do the opposite, the students work to live briefs, with the client imposing the usual commercial constraints on a designer.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.
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Our standard offer for a degree course is 120 UCAS tariff points. We expect applicants to have a grade C or above in English Language (or Welsh) at GCSE level, together with passes in another four subjects. Plus we accept a range of Level 3 qualifications including:
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.