The course normally lasts three years when studied full-time and four to six years part-time. After successfully completing the first two years of the course, you can opt to take a sandwich year and spend a year on a professional placement or studying abroad, with students previously studying design in Australia, Finland and Spain.
Graphic Design is a practice-based course with creative, critical, reflective and technical skills developed in the studio. Your morning may typically start with a lecture or other keynote presentation to set the tone of the day's work patterns. This is usually followed by studio practice, seminars or tutorials. Workshops and other specialist sessions, such as off-site visits, presentations, critiques and live projects, are timetabled into modules. Competition briefs get you into mainstream design, while open briefs will let you choose your own media and content.
Our teaching places an emphasis on experimentation, versatility and technical expertise. It is informed by staff practice and research in the areas of typography, photography, editorial design, branding, UX and information design.
We also regularly invite speakers from industry or experts in the field, which in the past have included Naomi Games, David Walters, Zenon Texeira and Martin Lambie-Nairn. You may also have the opportunity to visit galleries in this country, such as the V&A, Ikon, Herbert, National Gallery, Photography Gallery, Design Museum, or take part in industry trips to Birmingham and London.
In addition, we offer a range of extra workshops you can sign up for to enrich your skills in things like sublimation, photography, print-making and digital media.
Typical graduate portfolios might include branding, publicity, info-graphics, animations, publishing or web and app design in a range of technology and media from a mix of in-house assignments, self-initiated tasks, national or interna
You will get technical support and access to industry-standard software and hardware, as well as in other technologies like silkscreen, letterpress and laser-cutting from specialist technicians