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  • Qualification

    BA - Bachelor of Arts

  • Location

    Open College Of The Arts

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

Study a Graphic Design degree with OCA

Do you find yourself appreciating typography, product packaging, magazine layout or book design? Do you find yourself thinking about the latest brand or curious to witness the impact of what an original design could make?

Our BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree offers you the opportunity to enhance your creative potential through exploratory design initiatives, be it paper, web, digital, animation or print. You’ll determine your own preferred specialism within the wide range of graphic design practice.

The degree will examine the combination and significance of font style, image-making and layout which are the building blocks of graphic design. You’ll explore these through an investigation of visual language, context and dynamics, broadening your understanding, proficiency and expertise.

You will learn to apply problem-solving methods to deliver visually powerful solutions to briefs that effectively communicate information and ideas. You’ll be encouraged to expand your definition of graphic design through brainstorming, researching contemporary practices and techniques in print and new media, and defining and refining your unique house style.

You’ll be challenged and encouraged to expand your definition of graphic design both on and offline. Throughout your course of study, your specialist tutor will support you and your work, enabling you to work independently, ready for the world of visual creative.

Careers & Employability

Upon completing the BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree, you’ll be set with skills to help you navigate the workplace. You could use your practice across a variety of professions such as a graphic designer, illustrator, web designer, print designer, wireframer, marketeer – the choice is yours. Prospects can help you with a variety of options of where your degree could take you.

In 2017 the Department for Culture, Media, & Sport estimated there were some 3.12 million jobs in the UK creative economy, and 80,000 new jobs were created in 2017 alone. The creative industries are growing faster than any other sector in the UK.

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University information

Open College of the Arts

  • Campus address

    Open College Of The Arts, Michael Young Arts Centre, Redbrook Business Park Wilthorpe Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 1JN, England

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