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BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Graphic Design is the study of creative and visual problem solving. This course will encourage you to develop a range of informed approaches to communicate with audiences across varied platforms and media.

This course allows you to work cross-media and examine graphic design together with specialisms such as coding and data visualisation. We value individualism and encourage concept driven work, showing a clear understanding of design problems as well as visual languages.

You will study through a mix of practice and theory-based learning. This will include lectures, seminars, workshops, individual tutorials, self-directed study and projects. Teaching staff and visiting professionals will bring an industry perspective to the course as well as supporting you in your future choices.

All of our students graduate as creative thinkers and problem solvers with a strong understanding of audience and message. Graduates work in areas such as typography, editorial design, information design, way-finding, exhibition design, creative coding, and design for promotion. You will graduate with strong technical expertise and be ready for a broad range of careers in the creative industries. 

What you
need to know

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English) and also to hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK or international qualifications.

Qualifications accepted:

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

Download this guide on how to apply to the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course

Selection criteria

Students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design.

We welcome applicants who are able to demonstrate their abilities through the submission of a relevant portfolio showing their skills, abilities and suitability to the course.

When assessing if an applicant meets our entry requirements we may also consider the combination of a portfolio and academic qualifications, progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.

Read our interview and portfolio advice.

Course structure

Assessment

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.

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Year 1

You will build fundamental skills in contemporary graphic design tools, typography, information design, creative coding and design for promotion. We encourage you to start thinking about your contextual studies research throughout this year.

FHEQ Level 4

GRA18102 Explore - Ideation and Visual Research Methods

GRA18103 Define – Understanding and using Type

GRA18104 Engage – Typographic Futures and Perspectives

GRA18105 Interact – Users, Creativity and Play

GRA18106 Instruct - Visual Systems and Visualisation

Year 2

You will gain advanced skills in the graphic design process, developing experimental approaches and techniques. We set briefs that encourage you to collaborate with other students and help you to further your contextual understanding of the industry and graphic design.

FHEQ Level 5

EGRA181 Sense – Design, Materiality and Promotion

EGRA182 Collaborate – Speculation, Creativity and Innovation

GRA18202 Disrupt - Type, Language and Politics of Design

GRA18203 Initiate - Authorship and Action in Graphic Design

GRA18204 Inform - Context and Conditions

Year 3

You will bring together your work in an industry ready portfolio whilst at the same time being encouraged to enter external competitions and festivals. You will also undertake a self-directed major graphic design project for exhibition at the degree show. We ask you to show your contextual studies research and thinking in a long form dissertation.

FHEQ Level 6

GRA18302 Persuade – Portfolio 1

GRA18303 Project – Unit Cross (X)

GRA18304 Promote – Portfolio 2

GRA18305 Publish - Final Major Project

Progression

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

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

Top reasons to apply

  • Award winning and internationally recognised course
  • Staff are current design professionals
  • Industry recognised and focused
  • Innovative and forward-thinking
  • Excellent employability rates
  • Successful alumni

Careers

  • Graphic designer
  • Below the line advertising designer
  • Web designer
  • App designer
  • Editorial designer

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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

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