Graphic Design at East Sussex College - UCAS

East Sussex College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Brighton

Graphic Design

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Course summary

Our Visual Communication: Graphic Design course will give you a wide range of skills, techniques, and initiative, allowing you to make a big impact in a broad range of industry areas. Your passion for graphics will help you to flourish during the degree helping you to develop your own communicative style in a variety of contexts and environments. You will develop a solid understanding of graphic design principles, while having the freedom to express your creative talents across a wide range of technologies and industries including, design for print and screen, moving image, packaging, publishing, brand identity, and typography and persuasive visual messaging. You will be able work in your own dedicated space in our new University Centre, with access to the latest PC and Mac computer software. You will be able to develop your skills in a range of industry standard programmes including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, as well as Cinema 4D. Our thought-provoking lectures will give you the confidence to create strong visual messaging, helping you to achieve the aims and objectives of client briefs. You will be able to raise your profile as a graphic designer during a number of activities throughout the year, including work experience placements in the industry, entering your work into local and national competitions, and exhibiting your work at our end of year degree show. Hastings is a ‘creative hub’ meaning that you will have plenty of opportunity to work on live projects, visits to graphic design agencies and studios and gain valuable knowledge and experience. You will have the advantage of being part of smaller class sizes giving you increased contact time with your tutors, providing you with real value for money. We believe that our degree will give you an abundance of transferable skills, reinforcing the vocational aspects of the course, providing you with intellectual flexibility and sustainability to take into your future career. Once you have graduated, you will have a diverse range of transferable skills that will enable you to start you career in this exciting industry. You will be fully equipped to seek out roles and apply your knowledge as a freelance designer, or equally equipped to work in graphic design agencies around the world. Other options could include further study onto MA programmes or complete a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. Our past students have won over 60 national and international student design awards during their time with us. Awards include YCN, D&AD and RSA.


In the first year, we will introduce you to the core elements of communication and design, helping you to gain a solid understanding of visual language, visual identity, visual voice, and typography and letterform. You will also be able to contextualise your work, helping you to develop your own style and approach to meeting design briefs. During the second year, you will develop more critical and analytical skills as you begin to develop the principles and fundamentals from the first year. You will be free to experiment with visual language and make your communication clear and concise. You will be given further context to graphic design, understand publishing design and begin to evaluate your work on a personal and professional level, all helping to prepare you for your final year. In your final year, you will be able to fine-tune your innovative approaches to client briefs and reflect upon past practice. You will undertake your dissertation project and have a thorough understanding of visual language and communication, preparing you for a long and successful career in the industry.

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Year 2 - 60 CATS points from degree-level study (e.g. HNC, FdA or BA) Year 3 - 120 CATS points from degree-level study (e.g. HND, FdA or BA) Year 4 - 180 CATS points from degree-level study (e.g. BA) Year 5 - 240 CATS points from degree-level study (e.g. BA) Year 6 - 300 CATS points from degree-level study (e.g. BA)

International applicants

International students will need IELTS 6.5 overall with a 6 in writing. For visa information visit

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applications from mature students without formal qualifications, and will consider relevant work experience and/or a portfolio. Please contact us for further information.

Additional entry requirements



English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.56.5 overall with mimimum 6 in writing.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £3997 Year 1
Northern Ireland £3997 Year 1
Scotland £3997 Year 1
Wales £3997 Year 1
Channel Islands £3997 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £3997 Year 1

Additional fee information

Studying with us will give you excellent value for money. Our lower fees, compared to many other universities, help you to save money while getting the very best from our expert tutors.
Graphic Design at East Sussex College - UCAS