Graphic design studio

Study mode

Full-Time

Length

3 Years (Full-Time)

Campus

Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Become an award-winning student. This innovative course includes placements, international exhibitions and design festivals.

Graphic design student work by Jordan Cox in response to a brief set to brand and package water that was “out of this world”.

Industry placements to build experience

Graphic designwork by student George Eccles in response to the Penguin Book Awards brief. He is currently shortlisted
Student work by Robyn Birchall based on the idea of one mans trash is another mans treasure and encouraging people to buy second hand furniture.

Design is a way of thinking: play and transformation, noticing things and getting things noticed. You will learn to express yourself in distinct, imaginative ways and demonstrate your curiosity, ambition and attitude through your creative work to prepare you for a place in the professional world. If you’re after a studio experience with daily staff contact where you learn great skills and become highly employable, this is the course for you.

As part of your degree you will gain essential contacts and experience through professional practice. Students are working with prestigious companies including Channel 5, 1HQ London, Jones Knowles Ritchie, Williams Murray Hamm and Taxi Design Bristol. We are a supporter of the international Cheltenham Design Festival and Design Academy. Previous speakers have included creative director Eric Kessels, New York-based designer Stefan Sagmeister and British design gurus, Ken Garland and Sir Kenneth Grange.

You'll gain all sorts of inspiration from leading edge exhibitions in London, Liverpool and Manchester.  There is an annual trip to Berlin where you will visit the Bauhaus and explore this ever-changing creative city. You will follow in the footsteps of students who have won prestigious awards including the YCN Commendation, the Yellow Pencil D&AD New Blood Student Awards and the Starpack Student Packaging Awards.

Study style

This is a very hands-on, practical degree where you will experiment with different approaches to creative thinking and you'll use a range of media and marketing strategies. You will also be able to complete a work placement as part of the course, gaining essential industry experience.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2016 entry*

280 tariff points

Typical offers

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

2016 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.

For international students please see entry requirements in your country for full details. If you do not meet the standard entry requirements for year 1 you can apply for this course with a foundation (year 0). More information on the course with foundation option.

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

Tariff information for 2017 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.

2017 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.

For international students please see entry requirements in your country for full details. If you do not meet the standard entry requirements for year 1 you can apply for this course with a foundation (year 0). More information on the course with foundation option.

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

Details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

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

Careers

  • Designer
  • Account management
  • Creative entrepreneur
  • Packaging and branding designer
  • Moving image makers

Profile photo of Sam Edwards

Student Focus

Sam Edwards

I’m a designer for Taxi Studio, recently voted in the top 20 UK creative agencies.

I work with clients like Carlsberg and Coca-Cola. I got the job from D&AD’s New Blood Exhibition in my final year of university. My favourite thing about the course was having freedom to experiment. We did a branding project with Hurricane Design. We visited design agencies in Berlin. We worked with Cheltenham Design Festival and met huge designers like Stefan Sagmeister and Neville Brody. I graduated well prepared to enter industry.

Industry links

The Cheltenham Design Festival and Design Academy are supported by local sponsorship and support including UCAS, Superdry and Mira. Students have completed placements at Channel 5, 1HQ London, Big Fish London, Third Floor Design Cheltenham and Taxi Design Bristol.

Programme specifications

Dr Don Parker , Graphic Design

Staff Profile

Don Parker

“From a typeface to designing a city, what we create in graphic design changes people’s lives. The 1977 ‘I Love New York’ campaign by Milton Glaser shaped a different New York in people’s minds. Glaser didn’t just design something, he changed people’s perceptions. That’s one example of what we can do with the power of graphic design and brand. That’s what inspires me. My teaching is about being approachable; a meeting of two minds, the student and teacher sharing the experience. My office door is always open and my students are always first on my list of priorities.”

Venom image

Industry placements to build experience

You will undertake professional practice as part of your degree to make essential contacts and gain industry experience. Students have worked with prestigious companies including Channel 5, 1HQ London, Big Fish London, Third Floor Design Cheltenham and Taxi Design Bristol.

Explore national and international exhibitions

You'll gain all sorts of inspiration from leading-edge exhibitions in London, Liverpool and Manchester. There is an annual trip to Berlin where you will visit the Bauhaus and explore this ever-changing creative city.

Cheltenham design festival panel

Meet industry experts at Cheltenham Design Festival

Prestigious figures from the world of design share their insights and creative inspiration. Students receive free tickets. Previous speakers have included creative director Eric Kessels, New York-based designer Stephen Sagmeister and British design gurus, Ken Garland and Sir Kenneth Grange.

The university hosts the Saturday Cheltenham Design Academy for local school children. Now in its fifth year, all Graphic Design first year students have the opportunity to help, guide and support the students on the Academy course.

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