Graphic Design at Leeds Arts University - UCAS

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Course summary

This course offers the opportunity to become creatively capable, critically informed, professionally aware, and culturally sensitive. You will work individually and collaboratively to produce extraordinary work in a modern studio environment. We offer all our students a unique and engaging learning environment. Investigation takes place practically through materials and process, theoretically through research and analysis, and is rooted in professional practice. The relationship between critical theory, professional contexts, and design is vital. Problem-solving encourages increasingly individual exploration of processes and techniques. Collaboration is central to our ethos and essential in developing design practice that has a readiness for professional application. We believe that an understanding of the collaborative role of the designer and appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary design is significant for a successful engagement with the creative industries. Our links with studios and agencies are extensive and external engagement is a course strength. We draw from a range of industry speakers who represent the diverse creative community and student cohort. Experts run workshops on professional and practice-based specialisms, give studio talks and lectures, and portfolio surgeries. Live briefs are also set by studios, individual practitioners, and organisations within the wider creative sector and beyond. We encourage engagement with the creative sector, which develops the confidence and understanding to allow you to make informed decisions about the future, whether preparing for this exciting industry or further study.


Year one – Working in dedicated design spaces, you will focus on the fundamentals of visual language. You will investigate methods and design practice around type, language, image, narrative, meaning, and message. You will also explore typography, print, drawing processes, and screen-based media to form a comprehensive understanding of graphic design. Year two – Taking a more self-directed role, you will develop your design practice, critical assessments, and seminars. This is where audience, context, distribution, and ethical issues become fundamental to your practice. We run group workshops and challenge you with innovative live briefs from real industry partners. Year three – Build on your understanding of professional practice, business, marketing skills, and project management. You will develop a dynamic portfolio of work by participating in a series of self-directed competition briefs as well as creative exhibitions. These industry experiences and professional networks support employment opportunities and advance your understanding of interests you may wish to pursue in your career.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Leeds Arts University encourages applications from talented and motivated students. The University uses a wide range of methods to assess applications, these can include: • personal statement • predicted grades • contextual information • reference • examples of your work • digital auditions or interview If you are successful in your application an offer will be made to you, if conditional we will ask for between 104 and 120 UCAS tariff points from any combination of A Levels/T Level/Extended Diploma/Foundation Diploma. The expected subjects will depend on the course you are applying for. All applicants must have GCSE English Language or Literature at Grade 4/Grade C or above, or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. - Examples of work As part of the application process you are required to submit examples of work. The files should be no larger than 30MB in total. Guidance on what to include in your examples of work can be found on our website. - English You’ll need to have passed GCSE English Language or English Literature at Grade 4/Grade C or above, or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. For mature students, an Access to Higher Education qualification in art and design will also be acceptable to demonstrate English language ability. Currently studying a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design? If you are currently studying a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, you will have already achieved level 3 qualifications which carry UCAS tariff points. When considering your application, we will, collate your achieved tariff points with those you are predicted. You will also need a GCSE grade 4/ Grade C or above in English Language or English Literature or equivalent, or Functional Skills level 2 at a pass. Studying for Access to Higher Education or any other qualifications? We accept several other qualifications, please contact us to discuss before you apply.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £17500 Year 1
EU £17500 Year 1

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Graphic Design at Leeds Arts University - UCAS