Explore your creative design style and prepare for a career in graphic design, learning from lecturers with industry experience and using the latest design software. This course starts each September and is awarded by the University of Surrey.
This programme is perfect for those with a creative flair for designing, drawing, web design or photography. We encounter the work of graphic designers every day – on packaging, magazines, books, advertising and online. The ability to explore the different techniques and skills for each of these mediums could lead to a range of interesting careers.
At Farnborough, you will be involved with live industry briefs, design work placements and international design competitions. You will also be taught the latest Adobe Creative Suite software including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and After Effects in modern Apple Mac studios. The design studio is fitted out with large format printers, a 3D printing facility and computerised cutting facility.
A degree in graphic design will hone your design skills and encourage your own creative style that will be evident in your portfolio of work produced over the three years of study, which will help set you apart from other candidates when starting your new career.
This degree is aimed at students who wish to develop their skills and portfolios to work in the diverse graphic design industry. You might currently be studying a Level 3, A Level, or Access to Higher Education course; be returning to education after a break, or wish to transfer from another higher education institution. It may also be possible for you to join this course in its second or third year following relevant qualifications and/or experience in the workplace.
The aim of the first year of study is to give all students a thorough grounding in a wide range of design subjects and creative practical skills. In the second year, the programme offers you the opportunity to develop your skills in more depth in a range of commercial graphic design topics, including work placement in the design industry. The final year of the programme offers you the opportunity to focus on your select pathway of interest in the field of graphic design as well as undertaking a major personal project.
A limited number of £2,000 cash bursaries are available to eligible new undergraduates in their first year. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply on our Finance webpage.
|UK and Channel Islands||£8000|
|EU and International||£9,250|
If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.
You will be taught in a series of practical lecturers and workshops, with supporting contextual lectures.
You will be taught over two full days per week, giving you more flexibility to balance work or family commitments.
In addition to taught modules, a final year project will allow you to choose a topic to investigate in greater depth. Recent examples have included packaging design, branding, publication design, web and app interface design.
A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes in-class tests, practical work, coursework, assignments, examination, practical demonstrations, and production report and project presentations.
The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.
There are a wide range of careers where your new degree will be relevant. Some of the examples below may require extra training and experience first. Please speak to our careers advisers to discover which career routes are best for you.
Jobs directly related to your graphic design degree include:
Jobs where your graphic design degree would be useful include:
Applicants must have a portfolio of creative work showcasing their current design and creative skills and experience in a creative subject.
You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:
UCAS Code - 319B
Institution Code - F66
If English is not your first language, evidence of your ability will need to be supplied with your applications. IELTS 6.5 is required.