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Course summary

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.


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

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University Centre Southend
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Interview will be over Microsoft Teams.


English language requirements

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

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1
EU £17930 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