Anglia Ruskin University
Campus: Anglia Ruskin University , Cambridge
Graphic Design
3.0 Years • 100% Funding Available
  • 8.5
    Student Satisfaction
  • 86%
  • £15,000
    Average Graduate Salary / Year

  • Solve design briefs set by professional design studios and receive one-to-one critiques from their designers
  • Enter prestigious international design competitions including the Penguin Random House Student Design Awards
  • Take part in our annual field trip to Amsterdam and create graphic design on-the-move
  • Show your work to industry professionals at our end-of-course degree show
  • Receive support from an academic team with extensive design industry, research and teaching experience

Our BA (Hons) Graphic Design will prepare you to work as an informed and technically skilled designer capable of creative and independent thought, with the confidence and ability to succeed in the design industry.

You’ll explore many graphic disciplines and learn to apply them professionally, developing your visual literacy using graphics, typography and text-image relationships. Our modules on historical, contemporary and future design practice will give you all the theory and contextual understanding you’ll need to solve industry-set design briefs in our studio and workshop-based modules.

You’ll experiment with traditional print-based solutions as well as modern commercial practices including site-specific, interactive, mobile media, app generation, graphical interfaces and multimedia work, to come up with ideas that challenge traditional notions of design and visual communication.

Throughout the course, your studies will be supported by an academic team with extensive design industry, research and teaching experience, including Course Leader Jon Melton (type design, typographic and printing history) and Lecturer Nick Jeeves (graphic design, storytelling with text and image).

You’ll also work closely with a number of graphic design studios, including CPL, The District, and Onespacemedia, who will set your live briefs as well as providing lectures and one-to-one critiques, ending with a final review that can often lead to work placements, internships and long-term professional relationships.

Winning or being nominated for an international student design competition can give you a springboard into a design career, with many offering internships as part of the prize or leading to long-lasting professional relationships. As part of the course, you’ll submit artwork to the Penguin Random House Student Design Awards in your second year, and in your final year, can choose from the prestigious YCN or D&AD briefs.

Our annual Graphic Design field trip will allow you to travel to Amsterdam, visiting local museums and galleries, creating graphic design on the move and linking up with staff and students from the graphic design course at Avans Hogeschool in Breda.

At the end of the course, you’ll show your final-year work at our annual Degree Show, attended by many industry professionals, design recruitment agencies, graphic artists, parents and past students. As a Graphic Design student, you could be selected to produce publicity materials for the event, giving your work even greater exposure, or to receive one of our awards from industry for creative, innovative or commercial excellence.

You can see a lot of our student work on this website, but to see more – including works-in-progress, and pictures from our Amsterdam field trip – please visit our graphic design blog.

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  • Graphic Design Contextual Studies
  • Design Process 1
  • Graphic Design of the 20th Century
  • Design Process 2
  • Anglia English Language Programme (option)
  • Introduction to Type Media
  • Introduction to Web Design
  • Debates and Practices
  • Design Practice 1
  • Professional Studies in Design
  • Design Practice 2
  • Anglia Language Programme (option)
  • Information Design (option)
  • Graphic Design for the Web (option)
  • Graphic Futures
  • Major Project: Graphic Design
  • Research Project

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Our BA (Hons) Graphic Design will prepare you for a career as a graphic designer, as well as for design-related roles in digital graphics, online media, communications and marketing, publishing, and advertising.

Our previous students have gone on to work with design studios or media and communication companies, producing advertising, corporate identities and promotions, packaging and branding, informational design, editorial and book design, web designs and interactive media.

You’ll have many opportunities to generate a strong portfolio of graphic design projects that will help you secure a job in this rewarding, vibrant and growing industry. These include getting involved with regional design agencies and national design networks such as D&AD and YCN, engaging in ‘live’ projects or commercial briefs and building your industry contacts. All of these can lead to freelance projects, work experience and internship, which could result in offers of work before you even graduate.

Or you might decide to take a Masters course after graduation, like our MA Graphic Design & Typography, which can help you to enter the commercial world at a higher level.

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Anglia Ruskin University
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Cambridge Campus
East Road
+44 1245 493131
+44 1245 684893
Anglia Ruskin University
Anglia Ruskin University
Cambridge Campus
East Road
+44 1245 493131
+44 1245 684893

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