Graphic Design at The Northern School of Art - UCAS

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Course summary

Graphic Design is an exciting and dynamic degree course driven by its links to cutting-edge industry. The programme focuses on visual communication at its core, through branding, typography, print making, advertising, social media and motion graphics. From the moment you arrive, you are part of a design studio, immersed in the creative and experimental practices of design Use digital and analogue approaches to explore your creativity. Embrace the opportunity to develop a specialist and diverse portfolio, giving you the technical and creative skills necessary to prepare you for the fast-paced and growing design industry. Collaborative projects, placements, live projects and opportunities to participate in international visits are central to your creative development during your studies as an emerging graphic designer. You will have opportunities to incorporate photography, print, illustration and animation skills as you develop your personal voice as a designer and your creative practice. You will be part of our design community, working with like-minded creatives on exciting and innovative briefs, all of which will help you become a diverse, visual communicator. During the programme you will be encouraged to submit to national and international competition briefs, working with sponsored clients such as Nike, Teen Vogue, Giffgaff and Google. Regular industry projects and guest speakers will enhance your portfolio and learning. For example, our graphic design students recently completed a large-scale mural for the BBC 1’s Big Weekend with graphic artist Jimmy Turrell.


In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:

  • Creative Processes and Experimentation
  • Adventures in Type
  • Creative Thinking
  • Visual Communication
  • Design Impact
In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:
  • Advanced Graphic Design Production
  • Graphic Design and Visual Identity
  • Visual Culture Theory
  • Graphic Design Specialism
In your third year (Level Six) you will explore:
  • Project Research and Preparation
  • Dissertation Report
  • Final Major Project
- Final Show and Portfolio

Assessment method

In course assessment. Each module is assessed upon completion and given a percentage mark.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We do not currently accept students from outside of the UK. However, we can accept applications from those have evidence of pre-settled status to live, work and study in the UK. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Your potential is our main focus when assessing your suitability for the programme you have applied to. Because of this, we take into account all aspects of your application and not just your academic profile. If you are a mature applicant (i.e. 21+ years), we will place more emphasis on your portfolio and the skills and experience you can demonstrate at interview. Your portfolio, which you bring to interview, is an integral part of the assessment. It should demonstrate your current skills, interests and knowledge where appropriate. It is also expected that you will bring evidence of written work to interview and/or have a Level 2 qualification in English/Literacy.

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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

Additional fee information

As with most creative programmes delivered at higher education, this programme will have additional costs such as material and basic tools and contribution towards educational visits to ensure successful completion of the programme. The School offers financial support packages to help with this, whether this be through means-tested bursaries and/or grants. In addition, the School offers subsidised resale of course materials, free use of studios etc. More detailed information is provided at the interview stage; however, if you require this sooner please contact [email protected]
Graphic Design at The Northern School of Art - UCAS