Graphic Design (BA Hons)

Graphic design studio

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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UCAS codes

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


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

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

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. 

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

Explore national and international design exhibitions

You'll gain inspiration from leading-edge exhibitions such as D&AD New Blood and the London Design Festival. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore global centres for creative commerce including Berlin.

Ranked in the top 10 for value added in the Guardian University Guide 2017

We support our students to move from good to great through excellence in teaching and exposure to everything the industry has to offer. You will graduate fully-equipped to move into a role in the creative industries.

Cheltenham design festival panel

Meet top designers at Cheltenham Design Festival

Strong links with the internationally-renowned Cheltenham Design Festival mean our students receive complimentary tickets. Prestigious figures from the world of design share their insights and creative inspiration.


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