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Course summary

BA (Hons) Graphic Design supports students seeking a specialist design focus, those interested in hybrid forms of communication as well as those wanting a comprehensive graphic communication design education. The graphic design programme is informed by industry and is focused on nurturing an understanding of an evolving creative practice that identifies desired meanings, behaviours and experiences for the end user, consumer, or audience allowing the outcome, or form of communication to emerge through active engagement, experimentation, and feedback. You’ll be encouraged to ideate, collaborate, experiment and ask purposeful questions while working on a range of projects including digital, informational, motion graphics, typographic, branding, signage and way-finding, social, speculative, and many applications of graphic design in its broadest sense. Iterative inquiry led creative practice frames our projects as platforms for testing ideas and spotting opportunities. What you will learn Through studio-based collaboration you’ll build key design skills and a core understanding of graphic design practice. You’ll discover your own approach to visual problem solving and graduate with the technical, critical, and conceptual skills, highly prized by industry. You’ll engage with leading design companies who set ‘live’ briefs, give talks, run workshops and help us to develop the curriculum. Our aim is to inspire future designers to become responsible practitioners, to gain core conceptual and technical skills, to understand the huge potential for graphic design and to contribute to influencing and shaping the way people see and behave in the world. Typically 60% of your time will be contact hours, including set-project based learning, hands on workshops, ‘live’ industry and competition briefs, lectures, group critiques and tutorials, studio visits and exhibitions. 100% of assessment is coursework based. By the end of the course you will be able to... • Evidence comprehensive, practical and theoretical knowledge and an 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 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

Assessment method

Coursework and practical work

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

**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.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)66.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
TOEFL (iBT)80minimum score of 18 in writing, listening, and reading and 19 in speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedCOverall score of 180
PTE Academic54A minimum of 51 in each component
Cambridge English ProficiencyOverall score of 200

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £17950 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £17950 Year 1

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Graphic Design at Arts University Bournemouth - UCAS