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BA (Hons)Graphic Communication

Birmingham City University
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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This course provides you with the skills and knowledge to become a creative practitioner in contemporary graphic design, looking at design for communication, brand experience and advertising design, and will prepare and engage you in live industry engagement in the creative industries sector.

Our Graphic Communication course is recognised by Creative Skillset – identifying the programme as a centre of excellence, demonstrating industry standards of quality, and preparing our students with the skills and knowledge that employers need today. The School is internationally recognised for its visual communication education and research – the first School in Europe to own MILO motion capture technology, offering nine axes of portable, precise, rigid and completely repeatable camera motion.

We have exceptional levels of employer involvement, with visiting professionals supporting lectures, workshops and seminars, with masterclasses, career advice, mentorship and placement opportunities. You will learn from experienced staff with years of industry experience, including practising designers, illustrators, photographers, animators and film-makers, specialists in visual communication history and theory, as well as dedicated technical support staff.

Our annual graduate award activity has included industry sponsors such as illustrator Dave McKean, photographer Brian Griffin and Creative Director Trevor Beattie. Past graduates have regularly won prestigious awards including over a dozen Royal Television Society awards. Most of our award winners are offered placements which have led to permanent employment.

Programme structure

Your first year of study will introduce you to the basic skills and critical framework within Graphic Communication. You will be taught through a series of modules, which provide you with the knowledge to further explore this ever-expanding discipline.

You will develop skills that encompass composition, line, form, narrative, type, imagery, colour, juxtaposition and ideation. From these fundamental principles, you can tailor the remainder of the course to areas of graphic communication that are of particular interest to you and your future career aims. Through your modules you will discover the application and use of colour, light, scale, composition, the typographic hierarchy, motion design, UI and interactive design.

Fundamental visual communication issues will be addressed through a series of core lectures and theory seminars. You will also have the opportunity to work with other students from across the School by selecting one of five in house options.

Through a combination of theory and experiment, you will learn how to evaluate and apply principles to practice, and will receive opportunities for placement, field study, collaborative and interdisciplinary work. We shall help you to develop your own personal direction, focusing towards the establishment of a specialised and flexible area of practice.

You will learn how to effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences. You will enhance your ability to work collaboratively within a working environment, demonstrating knowledge of the main methods of enquiry within the field.

You will develop your critical awareness, individual style and perspective and. You will formulate approaches to solving problems, helping you to further understand the creative role, opportunities and responsibility of the contemporary designer.

During your final year of study you will be supported in establishing the confidence to acknowledge and assert your own distinctive work identity. You will be required to demonstrate within your work a particular view of what constitutes a design proposition.

You will enhance your communication skills, allowing you to develop confidence and understanding, allowing you to capably articulate your views and knowledge to others.

The final year of the programme is designed to help you demonstrate a systematic, extensive and advanced knowledge of contemporary Graphic Communication. You shall work autonomously or collaboratively to a professional standard on self-generated projects, with creativity and imagination.

Career opportunities

Graphic Communication embeds transferable skills, developing trans-specialists and portfolio practitioners, with graduates working in many fields within the creative industry and beyond.

Our graduates are creative visual problem solvers, design mavericks and thought leaders, feeding employment markets in the creative industries and the third sector on international and regional platforms.

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