Design for Publishing (including Year 0) at Norwich University of the Arts - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW Design for Publishing at Norwich University of the Arts is a genuinely unique and specialist graphic design course in which you will develop an expertise for typography, page design and layout, super/spatial graphics, image creation and art-direction, as applied to all manner of printed and digital applications such as books, magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, etc. There are almost no courses in the UK that offer such a clear focus in this area, which is why this course has a great reputation for producing uniquely trained graphic designers who can work in the publishing sector, and beyond it. YEAR 0 This course includes a Year 0, which promotes developing practical, technical and creative skills and confidence. Building on your prior experience, you will be introduced to some of our workshops to assist your skill development, with an increasing emphasis on professional standards and independent study. The course places emphasis on your personal commitment to study, while supporting you in your progression. KEY FEATURES

  • Share your first year with other graphics students, and continue to work alongside each other, allowing for a unique cross fertilisation of knowledge, skills and experience
  • Develop skills in typography, printing, layout and page design, photography, design research, idea generation, visual narrative and story telling
  • Learn about colour and ink, special print finishes, paper stocks, formats, binding methods, as well as design for screen applications
  • Become adept at understanding and deciphering a brief, researching and generating ideas, problem-solving, developing the most successful concept, and executing and presenting the final work
  • Create, source or commission image and text content
  • Become familiar with researching a topic and searching for interesting and relevant insights with an eye foremost on content (both text and image based)
  • Assess the qualities and merits of the ideas you have, allowing you to select and refine the best one
  • Your timetable will be punctuated by regular industry talks from some of the highest profile designers, studios and agencies, anywhere in the world
  • Participate in workshops and classes run by external professionals, undertake project briefs initiated and taught by designers from industry, and enter national and international design competitions judged by the design industry
  • Engage with industry through portfolio reviews and surgeries, talks from practising alumni focused on portfolio development and employability, interview practice and graduate portfolio showcase events
YOUR FUTURE Employability and careers are a constant theme through all the units on each year of the course. The most important of all these is the creation and on-going development of your portfolio. The course will provide teaching on how to prepare a portfolio in both digital, social and physical formats, backed-up by exemplars and supported by visiting professionals. You will be asked to consider the design industry in terms of the sectors you wish to work in, and the potential roles that are available to you. You will have the opportunity to create a range of employment focused tools including a CV, email/covering letter and a career overview and strategy. Students from Design for Publishing have been incredibly successful, receiving multiple awards from D&AD New Blood, the YCN Awards, the International Society of Typographic Designers, Penguin Student Awards and the Society of Publication Designers. Competition success is another way in which students gain direct access to the design industry, and many students have secured graduate placement and full-time employment as a direct result of entering and winning design competitions. OUR STUDENTS’ WORK Explore our online Graduate Showcase – celebrating the very best Norwich University of the Arts graduate work at


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Assessment method

The University assesses you through the coursework you produce as you complete each unit. Each unit will require you to present a portfolio of work which may include finished pieces of work, written work, your research, and a reflective journal which allows you to evaluate your learning and highlight your strengths and areas for further development. You can find out more information about our assessment methods at

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Norwich welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio, responses to questions asked and personal statement, so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying. If you are studying at the time of your application and your application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer. If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications.

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Additional entry requirements


Once you have applied to BA (Hons) Design for Publishing (4 Year) at Norwich, we will ask you to prepare a portfolio. This will be used to assess your suitability for the course. Your portfolio should clearly demonstrate your passion for the subject and your individual creativity. For more information please visit our website at

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £18000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £18000 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 .

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No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Design for Publishing (including Year 0) at Norwich University of the Arts - UCAS