University Centre South Essex

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of the Arts London

Graphic Design & Illustration

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Course summary

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The BA (Hons) Graphic Design & Illustration degree programme treats the various subject areas within visual communication not as discrete disciplines but as interweaving lines of enquiry. It is for this reason we operate upon a unit structure, which encourages individual creativity. Our strength is in our determination to provide a pro-active, creative atmosphere, which observes and responds to current and future working practices. We run a small tight-knit course of around twenty students in each year, this allows us to really get to know our students. The Pathway choice at the beginning of Year 2 allows the students to further specialise within their practice.

Course details


Year 1 for full-time students (Level 4): AGD 101 Introduction to Visual Communication; AGD 102 Visual Culture & Contexts; AGD 103 Creative Image Making; AGD 105 Typography; AGD 106 Alternative Media & Thinking. Year 2 for full-time students (Level 5) Graphic Design Pathway: AGD 202 Corporate ID & Branding; AGD 203 Graphic Design in Three Dimensional Contexts; AGD 204 Self – Directed Study; AGD 205 Literature Review & Dissertation Proposal; AGD 206 Work Placement. Year 2 for full-time students (Level 5) Illustration Pathway: Ai 202 Narrative Illustration; Ai 203 Illustration in Three Dimensional Contexts; Ai 204 Self – Directed Study; Ai 205 Literature Review & Dissertation Proposal; Ai 206 Work Placement. Year 3 for full-time students (Level 6) Both Pathways: AGD/Ai 301 Dissertation; AGD/Ai 302 Industry Led Brief; AGD/Ai 303 Subject Realisation; AGD/Ai 304 Professional Promotion.

Assessment method

Coursework is assessed in a range of different ways in order to accommodate a variety of learning styles and aptitudes including portfolio and sketchbook submissions, group presentations, written essays and research folders. There are no examinations. Percentage of the course assessed by coursework: Year 1 100% coursework: 88% Studio based with a written element 12%; Year 2 100% coursework: 88% Studio based with a written element 12%; Year 3 100% coursework: 75% Studio based with a written element 25%

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW210
Institution code S43
Campus nameUniversity Centre Southend
Campus codeS

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
Access to HE Diploma M: 15 credits 15 credits at Merit or above
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language GCSE at grade C (4) or above, OR a Level 2 equivalent such as functional skills

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



Required to provide portfolio of work at interview

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)IELTS 6.0 - minimum 5.5 across all components.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8000 Year 1
England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1
Channel Islands £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Graphic Design & Illustration at University Centre South Essex - UCAS