Graphic Design (BA Hons)


Graphic Design

BA (Hons)

From beautiful ideas, to professional outcomes

Work on ambitious creative campaigns, in a professional studio environment. Learn from industry experts and graduate career ready.

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Unique opportunities

Amazing experiences, designed for success.

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Our students recently collaborated with Superdry to design our new student ambassador kit.

Tin Sum Tiffany Chau

Our students have won numerous top awards - Tin Sum Tiffany Chau recently won a Penguin Design Award.

Speed Meet

Our 'speed meets' give you the opportunity to meet top agencies and showcase your work.

Outstanding facilities

Industry standard equipment. Agency standard creative spaces.

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Learn from the best in the industry

Don Parker

Dr Don Parker

Graphic designer, creative strategist and course leader.

"I have been a designer for nearly 25 years and a lecturer for more than 10 years. I am passionate about being creative and sharing that enthusiasm with my students.

Before teaching, I worked in the design business full-time, specialising in the film, music and television industries. My clients included 20th Century Fox, Cartoon Network, Universal Pictures, MTV, BBC Worldwide and Silva Screen Records. My work included advertising posters for films such as 'Amelie', 'Die Another Day' and 'About a Boy'.

I know that graphic design is a tough industry to break into - but it is hugely rewarding when you get there. I see it as my job to pass on my experience to my students and open as many doors for them as possible, so they graduate as industry-ready professionals."

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Room to collaborate.
Space to find your own style.

Have a look in our beautiful design studio and see some of our talented students in action.

Course Details

Become a professional graphic designer. Learn from industry-experienced lecturers and gain work experience with big brands.

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Course outline

Learn from graphic designers who have worked for 20th Century Fox, Cartoon Network and Universal Pictures. Gain essential industry experience through work placements and live briefs. Students have recently worked with Channel 5, 1HQ London, Jones Knowles Ritchie, Bulletproof and Taxi Design – winning awards with their work and moving into successful design careers.

We’re ranked in the top 10 for value added in the Guardian University Guide 2017 (design & crafts subjects). We support our students to become exceptional designers.

With this degree, you’ll learn to express yourself through distinct, creative, commercially-astute and ambitious ideas. You’ll work on projects as part of creative campaigns in a professional studio environment, benefiting from daily contact with staff. You will develop your understanding of graphic design and creative entrepreneurship to ensure you are prepared to move into industry when you graduate.

We have an outstanding visiting lecturer programme with recent guests including internationally-leading designers Ken Garland, Mary Lewis, Morag Myerscough and Mark Bonner. You'll be inspired at UK design exhibitions and through international visits to design centres such as the iconic Bauhaus, Berlin, the birthplace of modern design.

From branding, print and packaging to moving image, photography and typography, this degree covers a diverse range of design areas. You will be able to complete a Creative Awards module where you could follow in the footsteps of students who have won YCN Commendations, Yellow Pencils at the D&AD New Blood Student Awards and the Starpack Student Packaging Awards. In your final year you’ll refine your creative voice as a graphic designer in line with industry needs; you will be ready to progress into your career in the creative industries.

Working in our unique graphic design studio, you will have access to Macs and the latest Adobe Creative Cloud software.  The studio, at Francis Close Hall campus, is shared by Graphic Design students from all years which creates a strong design community.

From 2018, our Advertising, Graphic Design, Fashion Design and Interior Design courses will move to our stunning Park campus based in Cheltenham. Home to a cosmopolitan range of courses, students and professionals are brought together from a variety of specialisms. Find out more about Park and see where you could be taking the first steps towards your career in graphic design.

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Study style

This is a practical and professional degree. You will experiment with different approaches to creativity using a range of media channels and marketing design strategies.

Industry links

Gaining industry contacts and experience through professional practice is a core part of the degree. Students are encouraged to work with prestigious studios and agencies including Channel 5, 1HQ London, Jones Knowles Ritchie, Williams Murray Hamm, Bulletproof and Taxi Design and SLG in Cheltenham.

We support the internationally-known Cheltenham Design Festival that partners with UCAS, Superdry and Mira. Recent guests have included creative director Eric Kessels, New York-based designer Stefan Sagmeister and British design gurus, Ken Garland and Sir Kenneth Grange. Our students network with big employers and gain insights from leading designers. 


  • Graphic designer
  • Account manager
  • Packaging and branding designer
  • Moving image maker
  • Brand manager
  • UX designer

Study mode



3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry*

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Art, Design and Media, International Year One Art, Design and Media and Integrated Programme.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by interview. Please refer to the interview guide for further information.


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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeW210

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