Graphic Design BA (Hons)

Graphic designers creatively solve visual problems to communicate messages to a variety of audiences across a range of platforms and media.

The course sets out to work cross-media and cross-context, focusing on ideas around editorial design, information design, wayfinding, exhibition design, creative coding and design for promotion. We value and nurture individualism with an emphasis on strong concept-driven work, displaying an understanding of context (over) rather than a trend-led graphic style.

Year 3 unit – Major project by Chiamaka Ojechi

Year 2 unit – Creative Collaboration

Year 3 unit – competition brief for ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) by Jamiel Thompson

Year 2 unit "Breaking the News" – a data journalism project

Year 3 external exhibition at Mother, Shoreditch

Year 3 unit – competition brief for D&AD by Louise Gadd

Year 3 unit – Informed Design Practice

Year 3 students Hugo Raymond and Edward Yau at the D&AD New Blood Awards ceremony with their yellow pencil trophies.

You will graduate with the knowledge and skills needed for a broad range of future careers and postgraduate study. Our students become creative thinkers with strong technical expertise.

In accordance with the subject specialism of the degree, the course is underpinned by the creative use of a range of digital technologies.

Our students have continually been successful in achieving awards from prestigious competitions held by D&AD, ISTD, YCN, RSA as well as the YouGov Design of Data Awards. Student work has been published in InformForm, YCN, and D&AD Annuals, Creative Review and Computer Arts magazines.


Please visit the Graphic design course blog bringing you the latest in student news and works.


6 reasons to apply for this course

  1. award winning and internationally recognised course 

  2. staff are current design professionals  

  3. industry recognised and focused 

  4. innovative and forward-thinking 

  5. excellent employability rates  

  6. successful alumni 

About this course


3 years full time


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Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C or above) or equivalent (including English and Mathematics) and also to hold at least one of the following or equivalent UK or international qualification:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A level, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 28 points or above

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As a route into the BA (Hons) Graphics Design course find out more about our foundation courses

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Key study topics

  • Type and Typography
  • Editorial Design
  • Ideas and Concepts
  • Design Innovation
  • Information design and Data visualisation 
  • Service design and Creative coding
  • Graphic Design for Promotion 
  • Live Briefs


I chose Ravensbourne because I knew that it was a very forward thinking institution in the sense that all the elements of new technologies would be included in the course structure. I like that my course is so multi-disciplinary with opportunities arising to collaborate with students from different courses.Hugo Raymond, BA (Hons) Graphic Design student

What the next three years will look like

You will be continually assessed through preparation of written and project work. Assessment in the final year is through a dissertation and a portfolio of project work.

You will study through a mix of practice, research and theory-based learning. This will include lectures, seminars, workshops, individual tutorials, self-directed study and projects. You will be supported by well-qualified teaching staff, sessional staff and visiting professionals who will bring an industry perspective to the course.

Year 1

You will study: concept development; typeface design; typography; editorial design; identity design; information graphics, creative coding, pictographic design, and theory and context.

Year 2

You will study: creative collaboration; interaction design, data visualisation; exhibition design; graphic design for promotion; design innovation; and dissertation preparation.

Year 3

You will study: competition briefs, portfolio briefs; informed design practice; major project, and a dissertation.


Successful completion of this course can lead to postgraduate study in MA Communication Design and MDes Design Management Innovation.

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