Bath Spa University

Graphic Communication (Professional Placement Year) Bath Spa University Degree level: Undergraduate


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This is the 4 year course which includes a Professional Placement Year.

Graphic Communication at Bath Spa University is a broad, practice based course that encourages hands-on, ideas based and socially engaged design.With an emphasis on understanding and challenging design conventions you’ll study carefully structured modules. You’ll be taught the critical, technical and aesthetic skills necessary to become a professional graphic communicator: designer, typographer, illustrator, or image­maker. You’ll also benefit from workshop facilities in specialist craft areas, such as letterpress, photography, screen­printing, etching and lithography, and complement our digital resources.

  • Be taught by a team of full time and visiting tutors, who are design specialists and graphic communication practitioners.

  • Have highly regarded national and international designers and illustrators share their experience through our course­ specific lecture series.

  • Cover topics such as typography and image making, including illustration across print, screen and interactive media.

  • Produce creative and challenging outcomes across a range of media.

  • Graduate as a strategic thinker, innovator and maker.

More about the Professional Placement Year
A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.

Course details


In Year One, you’ll study carefully structured studio modules examining the core aspects of graphic communication, typography and image. You’ll learn to conceptualise, produce and critique type and images. Attending specialist workshops such as drawing, screen­printing, letterpress, etching and lithography, which will help you develop practical skills.

Year Two will explore interactive media in the context of type and image. You can choose to focus on graphic design, illustration or interactive media, or keep an interdisciplinary approach. There will also be optional modules to choose from.

Finally in Year Three, you’ll produce a series of portfolio projects and live briefs provide experience of dealing with clients and real production problems and solutions.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code S168
Institution code B20
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level CCC Grades CCC including Grade C in Art & Design or Graphics or related subjects preferred.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit. Merit (MMM) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art.
Access to HE Diploma M: 30 credits Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) in addition to evidence of further experience in Art & Design.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points A minimum of 26 points will be required in addition to a HL Art subject at grade 6 and evidence of further experience in Art & Design.

Additional entry requirements


Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited to bring a portfolio of creative work to interview at our Sion Hill campus. More details will be supplied by email to those invited.


You’ll need to take us through your work; talk about specific projects, the problems you’ve encountered and how you went about solving them. We’re particularly interested to see your process of designing and illustrating as much as the final finished projects – research sketchbooks, prototypes, drawings (including life drawings) are important. We understand not all candidates will have had the same curriculum or access to the same resources so we anticipate variation in portfolio content.


A strong portfolio is a great asset in interview, it is also important to show engagement in the visual and design arts above and beyond your current course. Research contemporary designers and artists, filmmakers, fashion designers, writers, collect graphic design printed matter that interests you, go to exhibitions and consider how you can impact the world of graphic communication.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Bath Spa University
Newton Park
Newton St Loe

Course contact details

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Bath Spa Admissions Team