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Graphic Design with professional practice year BA (Hons)

University of Bedfordshire

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UCAS CODE: W218

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Luton Campus

  • Study mode

    Sandwich / Placement

  • Start date

    SEP-23

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

From the logo on a packet of chewing gum to the branding on a jumbo jet, our world is dominated by graphic design. This course will give you a grounding in the significance of design on our globalised world, with a particular focus on its social, cultural and environmental impact. You’ll study the designer as a creator of meaning in visual form, and through a range of different personal and group-led projects, you’ll engage with aspects of graphic design practice. Combining practical design skills with creative problem-solving and reflective insight, this course offers a thorough examination of contemporary and evolving forms of visual communication across a wide range of platforms, from digital to print, moving image to illustration. Our degree course explores all contexts where graphic design is found such as digital content; interface design; web and social media; editorial design; print and publishing; moving image; visual identity; typography; and graphic illustration.Working in creative teams, you learn about materials and methods in a cluster which includes Illustration, Animation, and Advertising and Branding Design. You also study studio practice; collaborative enterprise; context and meaning; and professional practice. This winning combination allows you to develop practical design skills as well as the ability to work collaboratively and show entrepreneurship. We foster a reflective, outward-looking approach to design challenges; for example, by exploring the ways digital media has created new possibilities for producing, distributing and publishing graphic design work. We also believe a sense of responsibility is essential for a contemporary designer so ethics, sustainability and inclusion are fundamental themes running through the course’s context and debate.**Professional Practice Year**This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits; you gain practical experience and build your CV. It's also a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers. There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.**Why choose this course?**- Study in small, lively and committed groups, in spacious, well-equipped studios- Gain a solid knowledge of the cultural, critical and creative contexts of contemporary practice including how social media has transformed the role of the graphic designer- Work on live briefs, submit for national competitions and participate in collaborative projects with leading design practitioners- Learn the team skills required for exhibition curation and group collaborations- Understand the standards you’ll need to reach to enter the world of professional employment

Application deadline

25 January

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University information

University of Bedfordshire

  • University League Table

    129th

  • Campus address

    University of Bedfordshire, Park Square, Luton, Luton, LU1 3JU, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    86th out of 87 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    98 44%

    82nd

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    31.0 31%

    78th

    6
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.55 71%

    83rd

    1

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