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Graphic Communications BA (Hons)

West Suffolk College

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  • Qualification

    BA - Bachelor of Arts

  • Location

    West Suffolk College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary


The course has built up an impressive track record for work-based learning and has an extensive network of contacts. Live commercial briefs and work placements (six weeks) ensure that the training provided equips students with the relevant professional skills and employability. Students have been provided with a range of valuable enrichment visits to local industry. Entry into professional Graphic Design has never been more competitive and so continual exposure to industry is becoming an increasingly important element of undergraduate education. Visits to industry of this nature also help to prepare students for entering their arranged work-placements at the end of the second year of the programme. The second-year work-placement is perhaps one of the most important aspects of the course as it enables students to gain invaluable, real world experience in a sector of their choice. Students studying on the course have been working in a number of placements across the region and beyond in a range of professional Graphic Design roles. This valuable experience not only adds to their creative skills, but also provides them with essential industry experience sought by prospective employers. In the third year students are encouraged to explore and produce contemporary solutions to graphic communication problems, challenging pre-conceptions of graphic design and to develop as creative thinkers. The aim is to help students become creative, well-rounded and knowledgeable individuals capable of developing and leading in this rapidly advancing industry. To enhance the employability of graduates the course provides a range of direct industry experiences. Students benefit from close links with design agencies in the UK, visiting lecturers and speakers and live and collaborative projects. The course actively supports start-up creative businesses with training in aspects of business practices, copyright, finance and other related areas of legislation. Although there are no formal work placements, students are expected to maintain employer/mentor contacts to inform their work. Students are expected to exhibit work at the end of the course. An annual in-house design consultancy award is offered through one of our employer contacts consisting of a work-placement in the UK.

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University information

West Suffolk College

  • Campus address

    West Suffolk College, Out Risbygate, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3RL, England

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