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Graphic Communication BA (Hons) is all about creatively designing and sharing ideas. From typography and packaging to advertising, 2D and 3D digital design to illustration, you will learn a range of constructing techniques and software applications to respond perfectly to any relevant market requirements. You will be given design briefs by your tutors and from real industry professionals. You will also have the chance to work on competition briefs to realize industry regulations and needs.
The Graphic Communication course reinforces and provides you with all the technical, conceptual, promotional and design skills you will need to work in the creative industries, or progress onto a postgraduate course. You will understand the purpose of contemporary graphic design through studio practice, specialist media workshops, lectures and seminars in a professional environment. You will have open access to studios and get all the benefits of our excellent facilities for digital media, printmaking and photography. You will also have the opportunity to focus on typography and illustration paths. Besides design practice, you will gain in-depth knowledge of marketing and promotional skills.
In addition to classroom learning and practice, this course includes a selection of design briefs. Some will be set by your tutors, some you will decide yourself and others will be real-world competitions and design awards. There will be opportunities to work on live projects, attend design conferences and undertake work experience, as well as a range of international visits. We also host visiting professionals so you get hands-on teaching and advice.
Our main and absolute objective is to create competent graduates, able to respond perfectly to any relevant industry requirements, but mostly to provide them with the appropriate skills and knowledge to become leaders in the field by creating exceptional results through their “dare full” expressive and aesthetically developed style.
Graphic Communication course offers you a stimulating environment where we will encourage you to develop your own individual aesthetic signature. We will place an emphasis on technical and digital skills development, balanced by creative exploration and material investigation.
Over the first two years you will be introduced to the related industry requirements and practical techniques, you will acquire sound knowledge of the Graphic and Digital principles, technical and design skills, which will lead you to define your area of specialization. In the third year you will be able to define your own professional style and to produce outcomes for areal client’s brief, and get prepared for your final year to become a professional Graphic Designer presenting your own unique designs.
The 1st year of study is mostly investigational, experimental and research based, in order to start defining the perspectives of the fields of specialization. Technical workshops will take place so you will start developing the appropriate practical skills that will lead you to better understand the course specifications and values, and you will be introduced, technically and conceptually, to the course and to industry expectations.
When you successfully complete our 1st year of study, you can proceed to the 2nd year of our Bachelor’s Degree.
Specialization Roles in the Industry and Design Development – Contextual Studies (60 credits)
Module Code: FA/AD01/01
Art & Design Techniques & Idea Processes (part set assignment) (60 credits)
Module Code: FA/AD01/02
During the 2ndyear of your studies the emphasis will be placed on developing practical skills in Graphic and Digital design utilizing the technology for your own creative work and practice. You will learn and develop a range of 2D and 3D skills in typography and packaging design, through digital, cut and print experimentations. You will develop knowledge of typographic and digital principles in the production by exploring typographic technologies and processes, product strategies and packaging prototypes supporting a given brief. You will produce and present a series of digital design suggestions, covering many areas of promoting the product by analyzing and producing work based on Graphic Design principles and regulations. By the end of the year you will create a full promotional package of a product, including alternative solutions from the starting point, to the final presentation.
When you successfully complete our 2nd year of study, you can proceed to the 3rd year of our Bachelor’s Degree, earning an HNC Diploma (Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Art and Design-Graphic Design) as well. The HNC Diploma gives you the opportunity (a) to cash it in and earn a Diploma, (b), to continue for one more year and earn an HND (Higher National Diploma), (c) to continue your studies for two more years and earn a Bachelor’s Degree (from UON, University of Northampton) at our College.
Your studies will become more challenging in the third year as you craft your professional portfolio. You will already be familiar with specialized CAD software and applications, digital and graphic principles and you will have the opportunity to work on live briefs from external agencies in the professional studies module, and tutor-led competitions that will lead you to understand, get prepared and respond to any relevant national and international design industry. Alongside this work, you will begin to explore research-led experimental design as well as enhance your own style development.
During the 3rd year of your studies, you will have the opportunity to choose some of your projects to do them at the University of Northampton (UON) for a certain period of time (this is optional).
When you successfully complete our 3rd year of study, you can proceed to the 4th and final year of our Bachelor’s Degree.
During your final year you will work on a mix of design briefs and undertake a major assignment or dissertation. You will have more authority of your work and you will be able to negotiate the content of your portfolio, however you will have tutorial and workshop supervision for your design dissertation. The year will culminate in an exhibition as part of the College Show, in which you will be involved with designing and planning. Guests from the industry will be invited to portfolio reviews and studio critiques to help you develop your professional work.
When you successfully complete the 4th (final year), you will earn a BA (Hons) Graphic Communication. You will become a professional Graphic Designer and fully equipped to succeed in the related industries. You will be fully prepared to lead in the field since the main target of our course, is to create graduates capable of developing and exploring their own unique and exceptional style and ideas.
Year 1 entry:
To enter year 1 of Graphic Communication course (of a 4-year course) applicants are expected to send an online portfolio and to have:
We also value professional experience and alternative qualifications accordingly, where necessary.
Year 2 or 3 entry:
Students with a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FAD) or a relevant HND with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted into year two or three, accordingly.
A committee of specialist staff will review applications and might invite you for an interview (international students may be interviewed over Skype). A member of our academic team will discuss about your portfolio with you, your specialized skills, course details and your own expectations, and will also be ready to answer any questions you may have.
Depending on what and how you would like to study, you can fill in an online application form.
If you would like to apply for a full-time or a part-time study, distance or online learning, for undergraduate study, BA, HND, HNC, Foundation, please apply directly to the College.
Please include the following documents with your completed application form:
You can apply for any course at any time before the course starts. The normal closing date for applications is 15th of May. Late applications are accepted but are not guaranteed the same level of consideration as applications made before 15th of May.
We will normally provide applicants with a decision within 30 days of the closing date. In case this should take longer, you will be notified.
If your application is successful and you are not required to attend an interview, you will receive a formal offer letter and further information about your course.
You can change your course if you would like to, as long as you meet the entry requirements for the new course and there are places available. If the new course requires an interview you will need to attend this before being offered a place. You will have to submit your request to change your course in writing and send it by email to the admissions office.
If you have completed academic studies that are equivalent to the first or second year of the course you are applying for, it may be possible to enter the course at the second or third year. You will need to provide a transcript or list of modules including how many credits they are worth. The Admissions Tutor will then consider the application.
A lot of our courses can be completed part-time. Therefore, you can fit your studies around your life and we will make sure we shape your schedule based on your time availability. The majority of part-time courses start in October. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure we have your details before your course starts.
When considering applications for part-time study, we assess personal, professional and educational experience, preferably relevant, to ensure that the course is a good match for you. Entry requirements vary, so please check individual courses for details.
We encourage applications from all sections of the community, regardless of sex, marital status, age, responsibility for dependents, socio-economic status, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation or disability.
As a college, we work hard to ensure that students with disabilities are able to study successfully with us. If you have additional needs, we advise that you contact the administration office or course tutor as early as possible, so that you can discuss your needs.
We care about equal opportunity in education, so mature students will be highly considered on equitable terms. We realize that life might have directed you to other specialized paths. Let’s fix it!
We welcome applications from everyone and we know that relevant experience is just as valuable as qualifications. Whether experience is from your work, voluntary activities or independent study we still want to hear from you.
So, if you don’t meet all of the entry requirements for the course you would like to study, contact our Admissions team at the admissions email and let them know what other relevant experience you have.