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Graphic Design

BA (Hons)
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4 Years
Park, Cheltenham

Course overview

During your time on our course, you’ll become a professional graphic designer learning from award-winning industry experienced lecturers. We will support you in gaining work experience with local, national and global design agencies, as well as giving you the opportunity to work alongside professional designers and live clients.

Our Graphic Design BA (Hons) course scored 97% for both teaching and academic support in the National Student Survey 2024.

Our teaching staff are all industry-experienced graphic designers – we are able to impart our real-world knowledge, ensuring that you are taught to the standard that our industry will look for in a graduate. We’ll encourage you to express yourself through distinctive, creative, commercially astute and ambitious ideas, working on projects individually and collaboratively in a professional studio environment.

From branding, packaging, typography, print, digital, AI, strategy, and moving image, this degree covers a diverse range of design areas. This gives each of our students the opportunity to find the area of design they want to pursue, and individually tailor their projects to complete a portfolio that will stand out to industry.

100% of students from this course are in work or further study 15 months after the graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Join our award-winning students

You will have the opportunity to enter national and global design awards. Our students have won 28 design awards in 2022, and 32 awards in 2023, including first place at the Penguin Cover Design Awards, JKR Global Student Design Award and are Ultimate Creative Champion in the South West Digital and Design Awards 2023.

This is a practical and professional degree. You’ll experiment with different approaches to creativity using a range of strategic design strategies. You’ll work from our unique graphic design studios and have access to Macs, the latest Adobe Creative Cloud software as well as our print rooms.

The studios at Park campus is shared by Graphic Design students from all years creating a strong design community. This is also located within our new Design Centre, encouraging collaboration with all design students.

This course is available to study with an integrated foundation year – an extra, introductory year at the beginning of the full degree. If you don’t meet the stated entry requirements or you’re returning to education, it could be a great option that enables you to study this course.

As well as an introduction to your subject, it will help you to develop valuable study skills, and communication, teamwork and problem-solving techniques, giving you the confidence and skills set you need to progress.

If you’re applying to study as an international student, an integrated foundation year can also support you to improve your English language skills alongside your studies.

To apply for this course with an integrated foundation year, select the ‘With foundation year’ study type from the options at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

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Entry requirements

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    • 96 – 120 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • We welcome applicants with a pass in a relevant Foundation or Extended Diploma (Level 3 or 4).

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • This course is available with an additional integrated foundation year. This four year option has lower entry requirements – see below – than the other study type/s available.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

      To apply for the integrated foundation year degree, select the ‘With foundation year’ option from the study types listed at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

      See course overview for more information about the interated foundation year option.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham W211 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Park, Cheltenham W211 TBC TBC
Sep 2026 Park, Cheltenham W211 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

95% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

Discover our promises


Our Graphic Design course offers extensive opportunities for creative and innovative learning, preparing graduates for a wide range of roles within the design industry. Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of graphic design roles such as graphic designers, digital designers, UX designers, freelance designers, account managers, and design strategists.

You’ll gain industry contacts and experience through practical experience. Students gain valuable skills and establish a network of contacts by collaborating with reputable studios and agencies such as Bulletproof, JKR, Koto, Taxi Design, and Chase Design. Our partnership with SLG in Cheltenham provides excellent hands-on learning opportunities.

Design Matters

We have proudly launched Design Matters, a new home for design conversations, hosted at Park Campus, where we will be exploring important subjects within design as a creative community. This community is made up of industry guest speakers, our students, our alumni, design and creative professionals, and absolutely anyone who wants to come along.

This gives students not only the chance to hear about important and current topics within our industry, but also the opportunity to network with even more professional designers, as well as our alumni.

A student stands gives a presentation in front of a display screen showing design organisation logos.

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.

International student studying a Welcome to Cheltenham guide

Learn from experts

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.

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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.

Degree show outside Hardwick campus


You’ll 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.

As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration  – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location  – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support  – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

Creative Arts Degree Show

UoG’s Creative Arts Degree Show gives graduates, the local community and industry professionals an opportunity to celebrate the imagination, innovation and dedication of the next generation of artistic talent.

The 2024 Degree Show featured work from our incredibly talented third year students. Their portfolios are brimming with design work covering multiple disciplines such as branding, packaging, website, UI, strategy, illustration and many others.

The work featured in this photo from left to right is Uncommon Grounds, a hotel brand by Celyn Jones, Shape, an app designed to promote self-care and body positivity by Nikola Chmielowiec, and an experiential branding experience for Yves Saint Laurent by Billy Barrett.

Exhibition space showing three units displaying students' design work.

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