Graphic Communications BA (hons) Activate Learning


Awarded by: The University of Northampton

Graphic Communication is all about creatively sharing ideas. From typography to advertising, digital design to illustration, you will learn a range of techniques on this degree course to help you do just that. You will be given design briefs by your tutors and from real industry professionals and have the chance to work on competition briefs.

Year One

The first year of your course is broadly experimental, giving you the chance to widen your creative skills through printmaking, photography and Adobe Creative Cloud, as well as developing an understanding of type, image and three-dimensional graphics. There will also be some theoretical and professional studies alongside your creative modules.

Year Two

Your studies will become more challenging in the second year as you craft your professional portfolio. You will work on live briefs from external agencies in the professional studies module, and tutor-led competitions will give you a feel for the national and international design industry. Alongside this work, you will begin to explore research-led experimental design as well.

Year Three

During your final year you will work on a mix of design briefs and undertake a major assignment or dissertation. You will have more ownership of your work and will be able to negotiate the content of your portfolio, however you will have tutorial and workshop supervision for your design dissertation.

The year will culminate in an exhibition as part of the Faculty of Creative Arts Summer Show, which you will be involved with designing and planning. Guests from industry will be invited to portfolio reviews and studio critiques to help you develop your professional work.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Reading College

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    3 years

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 W211
Institution code O25
Campus name Reading College
Campus code D

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level B C C
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma M: 30 credits
Scottish Higher B B B B
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3

Additional entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7,200 Year 1
England £7,200 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7,200 Year 1
Scotland £7,200 Year 1
Wales £7,200 Year 1

Additional fee information

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