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Wolverhampton School of Art

Graphic Design

BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

Graphic Design is a dynamic subject that enriches and influences all aspects of our visual environment.

Graphic Design is a dynamic subject that enriches and influences all aspects of our visual environment.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W211
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art

Why choose this course?

Graphic Design at Wolverhampton boasts 100% student satisfaction! 

2017 National Student Survey

Graphic Design is a dynamic subject that enriches and influences all aspects of our visual environment. The studio-focused course at Wolverhampton is designed to be responsive to this and is continually reflective in order to positively contribute to your student experience. Perfect for intellectually curious individuals with creative ambition.

The Graphic Design course encourages students to engage with design at a professional level across all print and screen media. Ideas and their development are all-important and we create an environment that encourages creative thinking.

Our programme of assignments allows you to design for areas including branding, editorial, exhibition, packaging and visual identity. You will use digital tools to develop screen-based and web solutions that are interactive, immersive and challenging. Most importantly, the course encourages you to become a thoughtful designer – producing creative work that has a place in and benefit to contemporary culture and society.

The course is focused on employability; you have the opportunity to meet and work with design companies large and small and to collaborate internationally on assignments with overseas universities. You are also able to boost your CV with student prizes sponsored by notable companies such as Rotovision and Sheaffer.

Many students undertake live briefs, competitions and professional placements helping to build experience and to enhance their confidence. Our alumni have secured positions at all levels of the profession around the world successfully contributing to the creative industries and global economies. Why not join them?

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Marc Austin.

What happens on the course?

Level 4: the first year of the course introduces you to specialist design skills, creative thinking and problem solving, all informed by professional and contextual learning. You will be guided through the transition required to study at degree level, and supported in developing approaches and solutions to projects. There will be opportunities to learn practical and software skills during workshops, and explore the practice and theory of broad Graphic Design areas including typography, colour, image-making, composition and output for a range of platforms, formats and purposes for print and screen.

Level 5: the second year builds from skills and knowledge learned at Level 4, and encourages you to develop your emerging style and higher-level skills in relation to more specific aspects of the design industry such as Print and Editorial Design, Screen / Interface and Mobile / Web Design, Motion Graphics, Design for Commercial Enterprises and Information Design. Your understanding will be extended through our exciting lecture programme, referencing contemporary and historic practice, societal issues and critical thinking, and you will be encouraged to consider employability as you work on live project briefs, and have opportunities to engage with clients.

Level 6: the final year of BA (Hons) Graphic Design encourages deeper understanding of your subject whilst developing your design outputs, professional-level skills and ambition through integrated study of practice and theory. Emphasis is on your personal development and individual creative direction and you will have opportunities to consolidate your learning from Levels 4 and 5 through negotiation of a portfolio of work including live, competition and exhibition projects. You will be supported in consideration of personal aims, creative ambitions, employability and career intentions as you complete the course.

Why not check out what our students got up to for their final projects at our annual Degree Show 2019

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Employability is core to the ethos of the School of Art’s learning and teaching, and BA (Hons) Graphic Design provides opportunities to experience and engage with professional and industrial contacts.  At Level 4 you will be encouraged to encounter and experience all aspects of your specialist area and further embed yourself into the subject through visits and speakers. At Level 5 you will have the opportunity to experience professional practice and will work on subject-specific briefs led by external clients/organisations. At this level there will also be emphasis on live projects / placements that offer opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborative practice. Level 5 is designed to give you the opportunity to take risks and experiment within your subject but also to meet and network with other students across the School of Art. Level 6 emphasises self-initiated and negotiated projects and provides you with the time and support to develop your individual voice as a designer. There is also provision for interdisciplinary teams working together on ambitious final outcomes where appropriate, and you will be supported to maintain placement learning and external networks established at Level 5. In addition, the University offers a Career Development Week each year, which is intended to provide cross-curricula activities that enable you to extend your skills and employability goals.

Students graduating from BA (Hons) Graphic Design emerge as creative independent thinkers, prepared for employment in a breadth of potential roles. The Creative Industries continue to be a growth area, vital to UK and overseas economies, and the course and University have an excellent record in helping students to find meaningful employment within the sector. Potential careers include: graphic designer, graphic artist, design consultant, fine artist, media creative, account handler, studio manager and creative director.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Graphic Design at Wolverhampton boasts 100% student satisfaction! (2017 National Student Survey).

BA (Hons) Graphic Design is distinctive in its approach because:

  • Teaching takes place in our studio environments where tutor-student engagement and peer-to-peer learning promotes a professional and independent approach to your development.
  • Teaching, supervised practice and independent exploration also takes place in well-equipped material workshops and computer labs.
  • Throughout the course you will be encouraged to explore and build material and technical competencies towards developing your own rich, challenging and distinct visual language as designers and artists.
  • Students are assessed on 100% coursework
  • The course structure reflects the breadth and flexibility of industry practice
  • Our focus is on employability and student support
  • We have a great success rate in national and international design competitions
  • We integrate theory and practice to encourage deep learning and quality coursework
  • Our dynamic environments enable creative practice and discourse
  • Award-winning lecturing and support staff
  • Access to world-class facilities
  • Studio culture enables discussion, advice and support outside of teaching sessions
  • We have an excellent network of contacts offering live projects, placements and opportunities

Our course has received excellent results and feedback from the National Student Survey, particularly concerning our award-winning teaching, student support and overall student satisfaction. External examiners have consistently commended our approaches and commitment to learning, teaching and student support. We are also members of creative professional organisations such as D&AD and the AOI.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Marc Austin

Our long-established course is designed to provide you with the best creative education focusing on employability and student support. Within each academic year, two year-long modules allow you to experience and engage with dynamic projects of increasing complexity over varied timescales, reflecting the breadth and flexibility of professional graphic design with regular opportunities to work on live projects and international competitions. This carefully structured course encourages independent learning supported by an integrated delivery of contextual, theoretical, technical and practical skills. Our studio-centred approach reflects industry practice and enables you to work in a creative community, encouraging personal, professional development and communication.

During your time with us, you will have opportunities to explore diverse, interesting and challenging design briefs – you will be guided through your studies by our experienced academic, technical and study-support staff team and engage with industry practitioners. Studio culture is core to our courses and you will be encouraged to become part of the art and design community through time spent working in the studios, workshops and labs available to students across the week. We believe in enabling students to become confident designers by developing their contextual knowledge and supporting intellectual curiosity alongside learning and practicing professional skills.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials - £200 - per semester - prices vary according to fabric/medium choices

Additional Field trips - £300 - Annual European gallery and cultural trips, previous destinations: Amsterdam, Berlin, Madrid, Venice. Price will vary according to location

Additional Events/Performances - £300 - All Students participate in the final year Degree Show. Costs will vary according to the medium and mode of your practice but considerations will be around materials, installation and presentation

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
  • UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design or Creative Media Production & Technology - grade M

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review. Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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