Graphic Design & Illustration at University Centre South Essex - UCAS

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

International applicants

The University Centre has decided to temporarily stop sponsoring international students who need a student visa to study on our programmes in our campuses in the UK until further notice.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements


Interview will be over Microsoft Teams.


English language requirements

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

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

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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