Graphic design

​Thinking about studying a graphic design degree at university?

Graphic design degree courses are perfect for students who are looking to refine their design skills and learn how to express themselves through distinct, creative, commercially-astute and ambitious ideas.

Graphic design university courses provide endless opportunities – from branding, print and packing to moving image, photography and typography – whatever you’re interested in, studying graphic design at university can turn your creative dream into a reality.

Graphic design degree courses

At the university of Gloucestershire we offer both undergraduate and postgraduate graphic design courses, so wherever you are with your studies, there’s something to suit your needs.

BA Graphic Design

Study our BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree at a graphic design university - one of the best graphic design universities in the UK! In fact, we’re in the UK top 20 for graduate prospects in design and crafts according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Our undergraduate professional graphic design course gives you the opportunity to learn from professional graphic designers who have worked for Cartoon Network, 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures. Join a uni graphic design course where students have recently worked with Channel 5, 1HQ London, Jones Knowles Ritchie, Bulletproof and Taxi Design.

The undergraduate graphic design degree will give you the skills necessary to get a role within a vibrant and constantly evolving industry, or continue your studies by enrolling onto a postgraduate graphic design programme after you graduate.

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MDes Graphic Design

Study our MDes Graphic Design degree if you’re looking to extend your portfolio and move your creative work into new spaces and career directions. This is a postgraduate master of design course which will challenge you to build upon your communication and design research skills and apply these to successful problem-solving at master’s level.

You can make use of our links to local, national and international design agencies, and learn from professional lecturers who have lots of industry experience. The course will allow you to be creative and develop your portfolio practically – you’ll have the opportunity to explore design management scenarios, global trends, ethics, gender and sustainability.

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Graphic design course content

Both our undergraduate and postgraduate uni graphic design courses are varied and challenging programmes that give you the opportunity to creatively explore, expand and develop your portfolio.

Modules on our undergraduate course in year 1 include Communication and Visual Culture, Lateral Thinking, Design Skills, Cultural Context and Design Strategy. In year 2, modules include Professional Practice, Contemporary Issues in Design, Major Practice and Research Project Planning, Creative Practice, The Creative Entrepreneur and The Creative Industries. In year 3, modules include Creative Awards, Self Initiated Design, Self-Promotion and a major research project.

Modules on our postgraduate MDes Graphic Design course include Design Process, Design Management, Applied Creativity, Studio, Design Citizen and Design Research Methods. You will also have the opportunity to complete a written or practical research project.

Graphic design university entry requirements

Entry requirements for our graphic design uni courses vary, but generally for our undergraduate graphic design degree you’ll need around 112 UCAS tariff points – this typically equates to BBC at A-Level, DDM at BTEC or a combination of qualifications.

For our postgraduate graphic design degree you’ll usually need at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a design related subject.

We usually interview and will want to see a portfolio of your work before being able to offer you a place on either our undergraduate or postgraduate graphic design university programs.

EU and international students will need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent.

The next steps

Interested in studying graphic design at university and applying for one of our graphic design courses? Applications for undergraduate graphic design degrees are made through UCAS, while applications for postgraduate graphic design degrees are made directly to the university. You can find out more about applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree using the links below, where you’ll also find details about how to get in touch with our admissions team if you have any further questions.

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