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BA (Hons) Graphic Design (Full-Time) (2022 Entry)

  • Learn in a spacious and purpose-built studio using the latest software and technology.
  • Take advantage of strong links with the Northwest design community, providing work-related opportunities with local and regional design studios.
  • Showcase your work and raise your profile at the annual Vortex end-of-year show.
  • Learn from expert lecturers who have years' of industry experience.
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UCAS Code: W211
Institution Code: S51
Start Date: September 2022
Duration: 3 Years, Full-Time
Campus: St Helens Town Centre
Tuition Fee: £8,250 per year
Entry Requirements: 80 UCAS Tariff points
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Programme Specification: Download Programme Specification
Programme Handbook: Coming Soon
Programme
Leader:
Sue Booth
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Validated By: University of Chester Logo
UCAS Code: W211
Institution Code: S51
Start Date: September 2022
Duration: 3 Years, Full-Time
Campus: St Helens Town Centre
Tuition Fee: £8,250 per year
Entry Requirements: 80 UCAS Tariff points
Programme Specification: Download Programme Specification
Programme Handbook: Coming Soon
Programme
Leader:
Sue Booth
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Picture of our student Kat painting

 

Degree Overview

This degree is designed to align to employer expectations and requirements, with the aim of producing skilled graduates capable of meeting modern industry demands.

We have established links with the regional and national design community and offer work-related opportunities with local design studios, as well as the chance to work on live projects in collaboration with other creative organisations.

In your final year of study, you will have the opportunity to showcase your work in our annual Vortex exhibition, to friends, family and the local and regional arts community. You may also have the chance to collaborate with University Centre St Helens’ Graphic Design and Marketing Team, to produce the Vortex brand for 2022.

As their Study Enhancement Gift, all new, first year (Level 4), full-time undergraduates on this course will be equipped with a high spec personal laptop with access to installed industry-standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite. The ownership of this laptop will pass over to the student on successful completion of the course.

Take a look at our dedicated Instagram account for degree-related news, student work and much more: www.instagram.com/ucshgraphicdesign

Modules

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Visual Communication - AR4901 - 40 Credits Applied Research - AR5901 - 20 Credits Major Project - AR6901 - 40 Credits
Ideas and Concepts - AR4902 - 20 Credits Design and Production - AR5902 - 40 Credits Research Report - AR6902 - 40 Credits
Typography - AR4903 - 40 Credits Contemporary Media - AR5903 - 20 Credits Client Brief - AR6903 - 20 Credits
Live Project - AR4904 - 20 Credits Work-Related Learning - AR5904 - 20 Credits Professional Practice - AR6904 - 20 Credits 
  Studio Practice - AR5905 - 20 Credits  

Entry Requirements

For 2022 entry, you will need 80 UCAS Tariff points.

Some typical examples of how you can achieve 80 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below:

  • A levels - CDD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma - 45 credits at Level 3, for example, 15 credits at Distinction, 0 credits for Merit and 30 credits for Pass. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Prior Learning and Experience

University Centre St Helens welcomes applications from mature students (aged 21+) and students from a varied range of backgrounds and experience. Offers of a place on the degree will not be based solely upon academic qualifications alone and related skills gained in the workplace will also be considered.

Additional Entry Requirements

We are looking for applicants who are fully committed, highly motivated and have a genuine passion for graphic design. You will need to present a physical or digital portfolio of design work to be presented at interview.

Your interview is designed to be an informal meeting and will also provide an opportunity for you to discuss and explore your career interests with the Programme Leader.

Information for International Applicants

If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, you may need to apply for a Tier 4 visa in order to enter and study in the UK. However, please note that University Centre St Helens does not hold a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence to support student visa applications.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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Learning will be both theoretical and practical, delivered through lectures, workshops, seminars, group critiques, self-directed study, written work, presentations, group work, visits and guest lectures.

During the second year of this degree, a work placement opportunity will enable you to build upon your experience and links within the industry.

Assessments are carried out through group and individual critiques, design artefact(s)/outcomes, essays, workbooks, initial response maps (proposals), project plans, visual rationales and presentations.

The annual final year show, Vortex, will take place in the third year of your studies and will allow you to display your work to a wider audience.

Tuition Fees

For 2022 entry, tuition fees for full-time study are £8,250 per year.

Additional Costs

Course-Related Travel (Placements/Work Experience/Voluntary/Site Visits Variable dependent on the distance travelled and the method of transportation.
Equipment and Materials Core texts and reading lists should generally be available in the library. However, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.

Estimated cost is £100 per year for printed materials in relation to coursework submissions such as essays, projects etc. A list of University Centre St Helens' printing costs can be found via www.sthelens.ac.uk/printroom

Students have access to Macs/PCs in the Graphic Design Studio (J317) including Creative Cloud software, covered by the College's software license. However, it is strongly recommended that students also have access to this equipment and software outside of their studies to enhance learning.

Students will provide their own day-to-day stationary items e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks.
Trips Estimated cost is £120 per year for various travel and entry costs to exhibitions and galleries.

Estimated cost is £300 for optional international study visit (subject to student numbers) including estimated £200 spending money.
Volunteering Opportunities for Personal Development Variable depending on type of activity.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, students can apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover the full cost of tuition fees, which means you don't have to pay anything upfront and there's nothing to pay back until you're qualified and earning over £524 a week, £2,274 a month or £27,295 a year. You may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Visit our finance support page for more information.

Study Enhancement Gift

All new, first year (level 4), full-time undergraduates studying a qualifying Foundation Degree, Bachelor's Degree or Higher National Diploma at University Centre St Helens, will receive a non-repayable Study Enhancement Gift up to the value of £400. This could be a specific gift, such as a laptop, or subject specific equipment, extra qualifications or trips and visits.

For more information, visit our study enhancement gift page.

Careers and Progression

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Upon completion of this degree, many graduates have gained successful careers in the creative industries, working across both print and digital platforms, throughout the UK, Berlin, New Zealand and London. The degree continues to produce innovative and respected designers, including Entyce winners, Penguin Book award finalists and E4 sting winners!

As a graduate, you have the opportunity to progress into a range of careers, such as:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Film and Video Editor
  • Creative Director
  • Illustrator

Apply Now

Apply online through UCAS using institution code S51 and course code W211.

Would you like to speak to someone before making your decision?

Call 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and our team will be more than happy to help.

Ref: Sue Booth