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.

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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

Jessica Reid

Jessica Reid

Academic Course Leader in Graphic Design.

"I'm a walking advert for the BA Graphic Design course here at the University of Gloucestershire, having graduated from it myself back in 2008. In the decade that followed, my career as a graphic designer took me to award-winning branding and packaging design agencies in Bath, London and New York, working on globally loved brands including Cadbury and Coca-Cola. Slightly older - and most definitely wiser - I returned to UoG in 2016 to educate and inspire the next generation of graphic designers. Drawing on my experience as both student and professional, I devote my energy to creating the positive, supportive and creatively challenging atmosphere of a professional studio environment, supported by enviable links to industry. My belief is that our students' hard work and creative commitment should be rewarded with the skills they need to earn those four simple words: 'You got the job.'"

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Course details

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Course outline

We are in the UK top 20 for graduate prospects in design and crafts according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

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.

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.

Our Advertising, Graphic Design, Fashion Design and Interior Design courses are located at our brand new Design Centre on our stunning Park campus in Cheltenham. Home to a variety of courses, students and professionals are brought together from a range of specialisms. Find out more about Park and see where you could be taking the first steps towards your career in graphic design.

We are rated in the top 25% in the UK for student voice in design studies (NSS 2020).

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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.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Design Skills' to 'Self Promotion'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

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
  • Design Strategist
  • Freelance Designer

Study mode



3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Park, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don't always tell the whole story), we invite all applicants to interview. Your suitability for the course is assessed and we will confirm your place after we've had a chance to meet you, if we feel you are a good fit. As well as unconditional offers for the right applicants, we make conditional offers based on your achieving certain grades in your A-levels or BTEC qualifications.

Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeW210
BA (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageW211

School of Arts

Our School of Arts provides specialist studios with the latest industry technology so you can develop your creative talent. You will collaborate with other artists and designers and be inspired by practising professionals to refine your own authentic voice.

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