Graphic Design (and Illustration) at New College Swindon University Centre - UCAS

Course summary

The graphic design industry contributes significantly to the economy; it supports the communication of concepts and ideas, opening up experiences for consumers, and has the potential to remove barriers and enable engagement. In this space, new technologies and socioeconomic changes bring significant challenges as well as opportunities for graphic design practitioners. Working as a graphic designer requires an understanding of historic and current developments in order to develop relevant concepts and solve creative problems. Creating work requires an understanding of the development processes and the technical skills to produce outcomes. This is balanced with the need for professional practice skills and the ability to communicate to audiences. On this programme students will develop the underlying knowledge and skills that will enable them to begin their journey in the graphic design industry. Combining research, development and production, students will explore the knowledge, understanding and technical skills required to progress within the sector.

  • This qualification will ensure you are interview-ready at the end of the two years with a substantial portfolio of creative work.
  • Students are given exciting and imaginative projects covering all aspect of the industry and include : Editorial/Magazine design, Logos and Branding, Moving Graphics, Poster design, Book Cover design, Typography and Packaging Design.
  • Students will learn the major disciplines behind graphic design and learn the Adobe software programmes of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and After Effects.
  • Students research design movements and build an awareness of the work of major contemporary and historical graphic design experts.
  • Students will learn to think creatively, to tap into an ability to think outside the box and create original and exciting design.
  • Taught by an industry professional in both Graphic Design and Illustration.
  • Cultural trip opportunity in the second year of study : examples New York, Paris, Lisbon, Berlin and Barcelona.
  • Connections made with local Design Groups, visits to commercial printers and Guest Speakers based in industry.
  • Full Professional Practice training - marketing yourself as a Graphic Designer, portfolio and business website development, interview techniques and self-branding.
  • Purpose built professional studio with full access to exceptional print room (etching, Screen-printing, T-Shirt print, Risograph and Letterpress.) Full access to photographic studio and darkroom, editing suites, access to film cameras and studios.
Skills gained:
  • Client presentations
  • Business marketing skills
  • Interview Techniques
  • Live Industry-led projects
  • Professional output of print ready designs for brochures, magazines, flyers, branding and moving Graphics
  • Freelance business tutoring
Employment opportunities will cover a range of sectors within the Graphic Design industry, as follows:
  • Editorial Design
  • Advertising
  • Packaging Design
  • Publishing – Book cover design
  • Music Industry design departments
  • Marketing
  • Information Graphics
Alternatively, onward progression to further study to either BA top up year or MA academic enquiry. Past students have moved on to Printmaking Masters, Studio Management and Visual Communication


YEAR 1 Module A: Process and Practice Module A1 : Concept & Development Module A2 : Creative Project YEAR 2 Module B: Professional Creative Practice Module B1 : Personal Professional Development Module B2 : Professional Project

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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North Star Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We are unable to consider applicants on a student visa.

Entry requirements

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5No less than 5.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7000 Year 1
Scotland £7000 Year 1
Wales £7000 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Please note: Tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students. *Fee information for European Union (EU) students: If your course starts on or after the 1st August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria: you are able to benefit from the citizens’ rights agreements you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland – benefits of Irish nationals under Common Travel Area guidance arrangement will continue

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Graphic Design (and Illustration) at New College Swindon University Centre - UCAS