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BA (Hons) Graphic Design

UCAS Code: W211 Institution Code: S51
Start/End Date: September 2017 - June 2020
September 2018 - June 2021
Duration: 3 years full-time Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Dan McBride Telephone: 01744 623252
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BA (Hons) Graphic Design
Course Specification
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University of Chester

The BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree reflects the current demands of contemporary graphic design practice. The degree offers you the opportunity to explore graphic design through a range of digital and traditional media. Curriculum is based around thematic teaching with a strong emphasis on research informed design practice.

The evolution of a new versatile designer who has a thorough understanding of traditional graphic design principles as well as an ability to work creatively with digital technology is crucial to the future of the industry and our intention is to match this expectation with students capable of responding to these demands.

The degree will introduce you to visual communication and typography and allow you to develop a technical understanding and working methodology whilst building a greater appreciation for creative problem solving and innovative experimentation.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1

The first year introduces you to modules such as ideas and concepts, visual communication and typography, allowing you to explore methods of communication and experiment with traditional and digital image making. These modules encourage you to develop your own visual language whilst introducing the practice of current and historical designers. The design studio plays a crucial role in introducing you to the ethos of a creative environment.

Year 2

The second year explores design and production and studio practice, allowing you to develop a technical understanding and working methodology whilst building a greater appreciation for creative problem solving and innovative experimentation. The applied research module allows the opportunity to study the key concepts of the subject, focusing on a self-initiated study which later forms a proposal for a level 6 research report. During this year you will also work in collaboration with other students, and are expected to develop independent ways of working. At the end of this year you will have developed your own visual style which, via tutorials and guidance, help you to study in year three.

Year 3

The third year will build upon the creative and analytical aspects of your practice, working on national competition briefs and a self-initiated design study. Live projects are run by industry professionals allowing you to establish professional links. The focus is to encourage you to become a motivated and self-directed designer.

The Learning Experience

This discipline area has built good links with the Northwest design community and offers work related opportunities with local design studios as well as working on live projects in collaboration with other creative organisations. Teaching takes place in a dedicated, state-of-the-art design studio, based in the former SmithKline Beecham factory building at the Town Centre campus.

How will I study?

Learning will be theoretical and practical through lectures, workshops, seminars, group critiques, self-directed study, written work, presentations, group work, visits and guest lectures. You will be supported by a range of resources including library materials and IT access. The work placement will enable you to build up your experience and links within the industry.

Teaching takes place in a dedicated state-of-the-art design studio, based in the former SmithKline Beecham building at the Town Centre campus.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment includes group and individual critiques, design artefact(s), outcomes, essays, workbooks, initial response maps (proposals), project plans, visual rationales and presentations.

You will also be assessed through the effectiveness of your initial development of design knowledge and your research skills (including visual exploration and experimentation), Thinking skills, technical skills, making skills and communication skills.

Who will be teaching me?

An experienced team of lecturers with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of graphic design will work with you. Our lecturers are active researchers in their fields and have extensive industry experience.

Ref: Dan McBride

Why study Graphic Design with us?

Industry Expert Tutors

Our tutors are experienced industry experts and passionate about their subject.

Learning environment

Teaching takes place in a dedicated state-of-the-art Apple Mac studio where you’ll be learning to use the latest Adobe software.

Progression routes

You can progress from St Helens College to our very own Graphic Design degree at University Centre St Helens.

Accreditation

Students are encouraged to undertake accredited Adobe Associate exams to enhance their CV when applying for a job or university.

Employment and graduate opportunities

On completion of this programme there are a whole host of career opportunities in creative industries.

Employer links

This area has built good links with the Northwest design community and offers work related opportunities with local design studios.