Graphic design is about communicating to inform, educate, entertain, and persuade. BA (Hons) Graphic Design at AUB emulates this and is designed to provide a dynamic, student-centred, broad-based graphic design learning experience that incorporates both academic understanding and vocational relevance to mould the next generation of Graphic Designers. The course encourages you to question how meanings are made by users and audiences from the range of material and conceptual resources associated with graphic artefacts, recognising that there are social, cognitive and embodied processes involved in acts of graphic communication. These material and conceptual resources are continually changing together with the tools used in making and disseminating graphic products. As a graphic designer, you’ll have to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations. You’ll have to react quickly to new information, evolving briefs and advances in technology. What you will learn On the course you’ll learn to innovate under pressure and handle issues such as user-centred design, sustainability, emerging technology, service design, information design and interactive design. You will discover your own approach to visual problem solving and graduate with the technical, critical, and conceptual skills, highly prized by industry. You will engage with leading design companies who set briefs, give talks and help us to develop the curriculum. Experimentation and discovery are important values on this course. There’s no ‘right answer’ and you’ll be supported to find your own path as you learn more skills. As well as developing creative design strategies, we encourage you to bring your own experiences and interests to your work. We value conceptual approaches that attract attention, and then evoke an idea or emotion that is relevant and on target. We aim to continue to produce confident, enquiring graduates who are able to undertake further study, or pursue careers in fields related or loosely related to graphic design practice. Approximately 45% of your time will be contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based. By the end of the course you will be able to...
- Evidence comprehensive, practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of graphic design within relevant contexts.
- Identify defined aspects of the discipline and specialise within the field of graphic design.
- Work independently and apply knowledge, skills and understanding appropriately.
- Self and peer appraise to manage and reflect on learning.
- Evidence critical and analytical understanding and awareness through practical and theoretical work.
- Evidence effective problem-solving, research, communication and presentation skills.
- Successfully realise visual, creative and aesthetic solutions.
- Be confident, informed and proactive.
- Pursue career opportunities and post graduate study.
Coursework and practical work
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
AUB welcomes applications for direct entry to year 2 or 3 of our degree courses, providing your previous studies can be assessed to be equivalent to the work completed at AUB. We require that the institution be accredited or recognized by the relevant national authority. . To enter year 2/year 3 you will need to have passed 120/240 ECTS credits in your first and second years of study and that the units you have studied on the course are broadly equivalent to what the students in our first year/first two years will have learned. Please note that having completed the required number of credits is not by itself sufficient to guarantee placement on the subsequent year. AUB assesses applicants on the whole of the application and the course team will recommend the offer admission on the year that is suited to the applicant’s entire profile.
**Please see AUB's website for a full list of our entry requirements, including tariff points where applicable.** We are happy to accept a wide range of qualifications, including but not limited to: A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma, OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma(s), Access to HE courses, Scottish Highers, IB Diploma Programme, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. We can also accept many EU and International qualifications. See website for details. Email Admissions ([email protected]) with any queries about entry requirements. We welcome applicants who are currently studying or who have gained a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and this qualification meets our level three entry requirements. This is a recommended qualification for many of our courses but it is not a compulsory qualification. Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 qualifications are considered on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of Level 3 qualifications. Please check your qualifications using UCAS Tariff calculator and remember we are looking for the equivalent of 3 A levels if you are combining Level 3 qualifications. AUB tailors its offers to the qualifications an applicant is studying and looks for applicant to be studying a relevant creative subject. AUB makes offers based on up to three A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications with the most UCAS Tariff points attached to them to give applicants the best chance possible at achieving our required tariff (120 UCAS Tariff points in most cases).
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Additional entry requirements
Once your application has been reviewed admissions will request a link to a digital portfolio for review by the course team.
Due to Covid-19 and social distancing restrictions we will not hold interviews or auditions on campus at AUB this cycle. Instead admissions will request a digital portfolio and we will invite offer holders to attend an 'offer holder day ' in Spring. These may be virtual events, but we hope to be able to invite you to visit the campus when this is possible.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, speaking and listening)|
|PTE Academic||54||A minimum of 51 in each component|
|Cambridge English Advanced||C||Overall score of 180|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||Overall score of 200|
AUB can also accept International Baccalaureate English Language B or English Language and Literature A at Higher Level grade 4 or Standard Level grade 5. We may also accept TOEFL iBT scores of 80 or above for entry to degree courses; however we would prefer one of the above qualifications. TOEFL is a test of American English and is not classified as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for Tier 4 Visa applicants. IELTS, Pearson and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the start of the course to be valid.
English language requirements
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|