Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Graphic Communication

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Course summary

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Our diverse and exciting BA (Hons) Graphic Communication course is a must for anyone passionate about graphic design and looking to pursue a career in the industry. Thanks to established links with major advertising groups, publishing houses and interactive design, the programme is structured to provide you with industry-quality skills in the fields of communication, branding and advertising design, both in print and online. Lecturers are well placed to give commercially relevant guidance based on contemporary trends and historical contexts. We run an in-house agency that will prepare you for entering the world of design and your work experience will come from placements, studio visits and real life briefs. What's covered in the course? The Graphic Communication course expects you to stand out through your imaginative thinking, passion and commitment to new ideas and international perspectives. You will study a course that will test your design skills and help you identify the latest trends in design and communication on a world stage. We need independent learners who are playful, full of passion and totally aware of the power they possess to facilitate changes, inform opinion and make their own mark in the creative industries. In three years you will be engaged in all the practical and intellectual skills as leaders in an ever-changing commercial environment. Many graduates have gone on to become leaders in their field of specialism. You will immerse yourself in our creative community, based at our City Centre Campus, where you will find screen-printing, letterpress facilities, Adobe software training rooms and studio facilities to enhance your design work. You will engage with live project briefs with companies and partners, ranging from local to international, and your tutors are enthusiastic about their specialisms, fostering an invaluable knowledge transfer within the programme. Your portfolio will be showcased to a number of potential employers through our home-grown and independent talent pool, We Grow Cherries, as well as during your graduate show. We run exciting trips to provide stimuli for your creative briefs, with cultural trips are planned for London, Berlin and New York, and these excursions will include visits to exhibitions, museums and studios visits. Our end-of-year awards are sponsored and presented by high-profile names, with most award winners offered placements which have led to permanent employment.

Course details

Modules

In the first year you will be introduced to the diverse subject of visual communication and will gain confidence and knowledge in the discipline of graphic communication. You will develop creative and technical skills, underpinned by theories relating to creative practice. In year two you will contextualise your work, engaging in contemporary practice. Live projects, industry links and competitions form a key part of your work. You will also have the opportunity to opt for a collaborative practice module, working with students from different visual communication disciplines. In your final year you will focus on your specialism and have a greater depth of research and understanding, contextualised by a dissertation and a major project portfolio. You will prepare for self-promotion which will be supported by seminars and lectures from industry expert practitioners who explore area such as networking, freelance practice, entrepreneurship, self-promotion and media.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
W211
Institution code:
B25
Campus name:
Parkside Building Campus
Campus code:
C

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Portfolio

If your application is progressed, you will be invited to provide a portfolio of your creative work for review. This can be submitted digitally or you can physically bring it in. Your portfolio is your opportunity to show examples of your work and creative interests to support your application. Guidance on how to put your portfolio together will be provided once you have made your application.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in the remaining three skills.

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
63%
Student satisfaction
85%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
95%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Graphic Communication at Birmingham City University - UCAS