West Suffolk College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of East Anglia

Graphic Communication

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Course summary

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication will prepare you for a range of professional opportunities in fields such as advertising, branding, publishing, illustration and digital communication. You will engage in work that explores traditional formats as well as emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality as well as UX design, web design and motion graphics. The course provides an inspiring, challenging course of study that will equip you to develop innovative, creative, communicative, problem solving, time management and decision-making abilities. We want to see you challenge design orthodoxy and pre-conceptions and to appreciate the possibilities of contemporary communication technologies across multiple media channels. There is a strong emphasis on professional skills development and employability. The programme explicitly seeks to develop specific skills and competences to meet local, regional and national employer’s needs to prepare you to undertake roles at higher technician and professional levels. Much learning is concerned with the professional understanding and orientation of commercial design briefs and individually determined self-initiated projects. This is expressed through the assembly of a design portfolio and a public exhibition of work through a degree show at the end of course. 


Level 4: Introduction to Typography Visual Communication Digital and Emerging Technologies Work based Learning History of Contemporary Graphic Design Level 5: Research Methods Editorial and Publication Design Advanced Divergent Thinking Negotiated Project Internship Level 6:

  • Integrated Media and Digital Communications
  • Commercial Collaboration
  • Signature Brief
  • Dissertation

Assessment method

Assessment is undertaken in a variety of ways, with much of the practical work assessed as sketchbooks (physical and virtual) and final physical outcomes, supported by written reflections, presentations, and summative portfolios of practice. The assessments are specifically designed to support your development as a graphic designer and embedded within your portfolio of practice as both physical and virtual portfolios.

How to apply

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West Suffolk College Sixth Form Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the published entry requirements will be considered on an individual basis based upon prior learning and relevant experience.

Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

GCSE Maths and English at Level 4 and above.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8500 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1

Additional fee information

There are associated costs for this course which will not be covered in the Course Fees and are dependent on your chosen specialist medium. These include: Sketchbooks and Spiral Display Book Specialist Digital Equipment to use outside of the studio (such as lap top and graphic design suites). We advise you to invest in your own portable hard-drive or cloud subscriptions. We encourage you to consider investing in professional printing for your portfolio as well as frames and mounts for individual displays. We arrange optional enhancement trips with costs dependent on location.
Graphic Communication at West Suffolk College - UCAS