University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant)

Graphic Design BA (Swansea College of Art)

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Course summary

The Graphic Design programme at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD has an established record of providing vocationally-oriented, innovative and industry-focused experiences. The prime aim of this programme is to provide a broad but thorough education in graphic design, which enables graduates to understand and contribute to our visual culture in professional, sustainable and meaningful ways. Our focus is upon producing graduates who are both technically good designers but are also socially, and ethically aware with comprehensive knowledge, practical skills and innovative approaches to sustainable graphic design. The programme aims to produce highly employable graduates, working in the creative industries, whether this is working in private practice, a design studio, a publishing house, a local authority, in education, a museum, a charity or one of the newer digital industries.

Course details


Year One – Level 4 The first year is partially concerned with getting the basic skills in place and to bring all students up to speed with knowledge of relevant software. • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Design for Publication (20 credits; compulsory) • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Typography (20 credits; compulsory) • Visual Studies 1 (10 credits; compulsory) • Visual Studies 2 (10 credits; compulsory) • Ways of Perceiving (10 credits; compulsory) • Ways of Thinking (10 credits; compulsory). Year Two – Level 5 The second year is broadly about the transition into becoming a professional designer. • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Corporate Identity & Creative Branding (20 credits; compulsory) • Design for User Experience (20 credits; compulsory) • Research in Context (10 credits; compulsory) • Research in Practice (10 credits; compulsory) • Visual Enquiry 1 (10 credits; compulsory) • Visual Enquiry 2 (10 credits; compulsory). Year Three – Level 6 Level 6 is partially student-led and the project brief content and formative deadlines are negotiated. This creates a self-directed responsibility where students create their final portfolio. • Advanced Creative Enquiry (20 credits; compulsory) • Graduate Portfolio (60 credits; compulsory) • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module).

Assessment method

At the beginning of each module, we issue the ‘Assessment Specification’, which clearly describes in each assessment criteria what is required. Weekly feedback sessions keep students focussed on the requirements, without hindering the freedom to work with expanding ideas. Technical tuition is typically delivered via a demonstration lecture and then staff help each student individually as they progress though a challenge. All modules have formative and summative feedback, both written and verbal. When the summative written feedback is released, students can book-in for ‘one to one’ tutorial to discuss their feedback further. There are no written exams for this course.

How to apply

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Dynevor, Swansea
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1

Additional fee information

All additional costs detailed in this section are indicative. It is recognised, for example, that the precise costs associated with a field trip could vary from year to year. Mandatory • Adobe suite student rate: £120 a year but currently free in cluster from UWTSD. Necessarily Incurred • A3 Portfolio: £20, • Collection of tools - scalpel, metal rule, plastic sleeves, hard drive, memory stick, pens, pencils, markers: £70. • Mac Book: £1500 • Printing costs: £200 • Sketch Books: £40. Optional • Student Trips: £200 to £500.
Graphic Design BA (Swansea College of Art) at University of Wales Trinity Saint David - UCAS