Graphic Design at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS

Course summary

Learn and develop as an ambitious graphic designer on this studio-based degree. You'll work alongside like-minded creatives, exploring all aspects of visual communication in a vibrant studio environment. We’ll encourage you to think creatively during your time at NTU, gaining professional and technical skills that reflect current and future industry practice. By the end of your degree, you’ll have a professional portfolio tailored to your own career aspirations. Graduates secure roles in fields such as art direction, advertising, branding and identity, design for screen and interactive design, editorial design, illustration, motion graphics and publishing. Key features

  • Study a broad range of disciplines including branding, editorial design, graphic design, illustration, interactive design, information design, motion graphics and typography.
  • Learn in a creative studio environment, using industry-standard equipment and software.
  • Work on live briefs with companies like Brand Opus, JKR, Elmwood and Vault 49.
  • Develop your professional skills through self-initiated work experience placements, industry competitions, collaborations with organisations and guest lectures.
  • Go on optional study visits to cities like New York and Berlin.
  • Opportunity to apply for a European or international exchange to one of our partner institutions, such as RMIT in Australia.
  • Develop a professional portfolio tailored to your own career aspirations.
  • Exhibit your work at our Showcase, with the opportunity to be selected to exhibit at other portfolio events, such as New Designers and D&AD New Blood in London.
  • Our graphic design degree has an excellent reputation for producing industry-ready, interdisciplinary graduates.
  • Gain a professionally accredited degree – this course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD).
  • 92% of BA (Hons) Graphic Design students are satisfied with their course. (National Student Survey 2020).
  • 93% of BA (Hons) Graphic Design students would recommend studying at NTU. (National Student Survey 2020).
  • NTU is Ranked 12th in the UK for Art and Design. (The Complete University Guide 2021).
  • NTU is ranked in the top 15 universities in the UK for Design and Crafts (14th). (The Guardian University Guide 2021).
Assessment Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade. Employability Some graduates choose to use their skills in other fields, such as teaching and management, while others go on to set up their own business or work on a freelance basis. Graduates from this course go into a range of roles. Recent examples include: Designer, Unidays Junior Designer, McCann Birmingham Junior Designer, Pentland Brands Product Development, Bakerdays Freelance Artist, Advocate AA Junior Designer; Landor Junior Motion Designer; DixonBaxi. Your space to create at NTU We’re committed to helping you explore, expand and refine your craft, as you discover new creative horizons with some truly great tools, equipment and workspaces. Visit our facilities hub at to find out more. Our students’ work – ‘We Are Creatives’ Explore our online showcase ‘We Are Creatives’ - celebrating the work of the School of Art & Design students. You will find a sneak peak of some of our students’ work and gain a real insight into what it’s like to be part of the NTU creative community at


[Year One]

  • The Fundamentals of Graphic Design (100 credit points)
  • Design in Context 1 (20 credit points)
[Year Two]
  • Exploring the Graphic Design Industry (60 credit points)
  • Design in Context 2 (20 credit points)
  • Co Lab: Research, Exploration and Risk-taking (20 credit points)
  • Optional module. You will also choose one optional 20-credit module from:
Materials and Making Experimental Animation Typography: Use and Expression Telling StoriesEthical Design Digital Marketing and Communication Motion Graphics Publishing: Experimental Formats [Final year]
  • Developing a Personal Portfolio (100 credit points)
- Design in Context 3: Dissertation (20 credit points)

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other, and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here, but may have faced barriers that can make it more difficult to access university. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £17900 Year 1
International £17900 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.
Graphic Design at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS