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BA (Hons) Graphic Design

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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. Visit the Ravensbourne Graphic Design Blog to find out more about us.

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Course details



3 years full time

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Entry requirements

For this course students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design. 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.

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

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
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Admission queries: admissions@rave.ac.uk

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

What your course 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 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.

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.

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.


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

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Top reasons to apply for this course

  • award winning and internationally recognised course
  • staff are current design professionals
  • industry recognised and focused
  • innovative and forward-thinking
  • excellent employability rates
  • successful alumni

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

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