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BAGraphic Design

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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Our BA (Hons) Graphic Design at NTU is known for producing interdisciplinary graduates who are industry-ready.

This course gives you the opportunity to explore the different areas of Graphic Design through studio practice and academic research and study. By the end of your degree you’ll have developed a professional portfolio, tailored to your own career aspirations, ready to launch your career as a designer.

Follow in the footsteps of NTU student Cairo Hamilton who has recently won the prestigious RSA Student Design Award.

Key features
Gain a professionally accredited degree – this is the only Graphic Design course in the UK to be accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.
The course has been awarded the Creative Skillset tick, a mark of quality and strong links with industry.
Explore the whole subject area of Graphic Design, from typography to illustration, from branding to interactive design.
Learn in a creative studio environment, using industry-standard equipment and software.
Spend Year Three developing a professional portfolio in line with your career aspirations.
Work with national and international companies on live briefs, such as Abercrombie & Fitch.
Develop your professional skills through self-initiated work experience placements, competitions, collaborations with organisations and visiting lecturers.
Apply to go on an overseas exchange in Year Two to a partner university in Europe through the Erasmus scheme.
Go on field trips and optional study visits to cities like New York and Barcelona.
Be selected to showcase your work at London graduate exhibitions including D&AD New Blood , New Designers and our Royal Society of Arts Portfolio Review event.
90% of students are satisfied with this course. (National Student Survey, 2014)

Programme structure

What you study
Year One: these two year-long modules run side by side.

Design Studio 1 (100 credit points)
In this module you will learn about, and begin to practise, the process behind the development of effective graphic design solutions. This module will be fast-paced, with a studio and tutorial debate around the design process. Risk taking will be encouraged as well as the development of strong personal visual abilities.

You’ll complete a number of different projects that will focus on areas such as typography, image making, branding, packaging, editorial design, illustration, and film / animation. You’ll also produce a portfolio of process and outcomes in response to a seven-week workshop rotation which will include screen and analogue printing, photography, visualisation, design and layout, paper craft and book binding, and Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

Visual Culture 1 (20 credit points)
This module will give you an introduction to the history of graphic design, from the Renaissance to present day. It will look at the various factors that have shaped graphic design and also the role it has played in spreading ideas.

Through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials, emphasis is placed on raising your awareness of relevant issues and controversies, as well as establishing a timeline of events. You will also be introduced to research methods, writing and analytical skills.

Year Two: these two year-long modules run side by side.

Design Studio 2 (100 credit points)
This module gives you the opportunity to build on your Year One experimentation, creative skills and techniques. You will engage with tutor written briefs, live industry projects, negotiated and competition briefs.

You will be encouraged to explore the varied strands of contemporary graphic design practice, in order to identify your personal strengths and interests, and your own personal identity as a designer.

Visual Culture 2 (20 credit points)
This is a historical and theoretical module which builds on the skills and knowledge developed in Visual Culture 1, and prepares you for your Year Three dissertation module. It aims to enable you to identify characteristics of graphic design through reference to other creative practice and media forms.

This module offers you the opportunity to develop your writing and presentation skills. You will become familiar with a range of current issues in visual culture which will help to give you ideas for your dissertation.

Year Three

Design Studio and Visual Culture 3 (120 credit points)
(Studio work 84%, Dissertation 16%)
This year-long module includes both studio work and a written dissertation. In your studio work you will complete a number of set or negotiated projects, with a focus on independent learning and portfolio development.

This will include professional membership schemes (ISTD student assessment scheme), student competitions (D&AD, Design InSight RSA, Creative Conscience Awards, YCN, MPA Roses), set projects by tutors, negotiated projects proposed by you, and live briefs and outside commissions.

Through these projects you’ll develop a portfolio of professional-level design work ready to launch your career.

Your dissertation will be 5,000 words based on a subject relevant to visual culture, which you can negotiate with tutors. This gives you the opportunity to study and write about a subject of personal interest by putting into practise the researching, critical thinking and writing skills you will have developed throughout the course.

Career opportunities

This course has a reputation for employment, with many graduates securing jobs at well-known national and regional design consultancies. Graduates have also chosen to use their well-developed interpersonal skills in other fields such as teaching and management, while others have gone on to set up their own businesses or work as freelancers. Some progress to postgraduate study.

Professional practice is embedded in to each year of this degree course through competitions and live projects. Short periods of work experience are also encouraged , giving you the opportunity to find out more about the different roles within the industry.

Recent graduates from this course are now working in a range of design consultancies across the broad spectrum of graphic design including:

Branding and identity
Art direction
Motion graphics and post production
Design for screen / interactive design.
Recent graduate destinations and job roles include:

2creatives, Graphic Design
BYG Systems, Illustrator/Artist
Benoy, Junior Graphic Designer
Beyond Communications, Junior Graphic Designer
Creative Spark, Junior Graphic Designer
Design Bridge, Graphic Designer
Elmwood, Junior Designer
Fivefootsix, Junior Graphic Designer
Graphite Print & Design Ltd, Graphic Designer
Hallmark Cards, Designer
Household Design, Junior 2D Designer
I love Mel, Artist/Designer
Ideas Factory, Graphic Designer
Interbrand, Junior Designer
Little Miss Independent, Photographer
Maggi Rose Training, Creative Designer
Mellor & Scott Design Agency, Junior Designer Intern
Rare Breed Marketing, Account Executive
River Island, Assistant Online Graphic Designer
Start Judgegill, Graduate Designer
Stockdale and Martin, Graphic Design
Storm DFX, 2D Designer
Studio DeathRay, Graphic Designer
TAG Europe, TV Production Assistant
Tenfold, Senior Designer
Container Group, Graphic Design
The Creative Branch, Graphic Designer
Together Design, Junior Graphic Designer
Tullo Marshall Warren (TMW), Junior Motion Designers
UK Greetings, Graphic Designer
Webb deVlam, Graphic Design Intern
Yoda London, Junior Designer
Zoocha, Junior Web Designer
Skew, Graphic Designer.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States