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Graphic design is about communicating to inform, educate, entertain, and persuade.
BA (Hons) Graphic Design at AUB emulates this and is designed to provide a dynamic, student-centred, broad-based graphic design learning experience that incorporates both academic understanding and vocational relevance to mould the next generation of Graphic Designers.
The course encourages you to question how meanings are made by users and audiences from the range of material and conceptual resources associated with graphic artefacts, recognising that there are social, cognitive and embodied processes involved in acts of graphic communication. These material and conceptual resources are continually changing together with the tools used in making and disseminating graphic products. As a graphic designer, you’ll have to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations. You’ll have to react quickly to new information, evolving briefs and advances in technology.
What you will learn
On the course you’ll learn to innovate under pressure and handle issues such as user-centred design, sustainability, emerging technology, service design, information design and interactive design. You will discover your own approach to visual problem solving and graduate with the technical, critical, and conceptual skills, highly prized by industry. You will engage with leading design companies who set briefs, give talks and help us to develop the curriculum. Experimentation and discovery are important values on this course. There’s no ‘right answer’ and you’ll be supported to find your own path as you learn more skills. As well as developing creative design strategies, we encourage you to bring your own experiences and interests to your work. We value conceptual approaches that attract attention, and then evoke an idea or emotion that is relevant and on target. We aim to continue to produce confident, enquiring graduates who are able to undertake further study, or pursue careers in fields related or loosely related to graphic design practice.
Approximately 45% of your time will be contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based.
By the end of the course you will be able to...
Evidence comprehensive, practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of graphic design within relevant contexts.
Identify defined aspects of the discipline and specialise within the field of graphic design.
Work independently and apply knowledge, skills and understanding appropriately.
Self and peer appraise to manage and reflect on learning.
Evidence critical and analytical understanding and awareness through practical and theoretical work.
Evidence effective problem-solving, research, communication and presentation skills.
Successfully realise visual, creative and aesthetic solutions.
Be confident, informed and proactive.
- Pursue career opportunities and post graduate study.
Coursework and practical work
How to apply
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!
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|Campus name||Main Site - Arts University Bournemouth|
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 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
AUB welcomes applications for direct entry to year 2 or 3 of our degree courses, providing your previous studies can be assessed to be equivalent to the work completed at AUB. We require that the institution be accredited or recognized by the relevant national authority. . To enter year 2/year 3 you will need to have passed 120/240 ECTS credits in your first and second years of study and that the units you have studied on the course are broadly equivalent to what the students in our first year/first two years will have learned. Please note that having completed the required number of credits is not by itself sufficient to guarantee placement on the subsequent year. AUB assesses applicants on the whole of the application and the course team will recommend the offer admission on the year that is suited to the applicant’s entire profile.
|UCAS Tariff||112 - 120 points|
|A level||BBC - BBB|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM|
|Scottish Higher||CCCCCD||Scottish Highers – five passes at Grade C or above|
**Please see AUB's website for a full list of our entry requirements, including tariff points where applicable.**
We are happy to accept a wide range of qualifications, including but not limited to: A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma, OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma(s), Access to HE courses, Scottish Highers, IB Diploma Programme, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. We can also accept many EU and International qualifications. See website for details. Email Admissions (email@example.com) with any queries about entry requirements.
We welcome applicants who are currently studying or who have gained a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and this qualification meets our level three entry requirements. This is a recommended qualification for many of our courses but it is not a compulsory qualification.
Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 qualifications are considered on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of Level 3 qualifications. Please check your qualifications using UCAS Tariff calculator and remember we are looking for the equivalent of 3 A levels if you are combining Level 3 qualifications.
AUB tailors its offers to the qualifications an applicant is studying and looks for applicant to be studying a relevant creative subject. AUB makes offers based on up to three A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications with the most UCAS Tariff points attached to them to give applicants the best chance possible at achieving our required tariff (120 UCAS Tariff points in most cases).
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this coursehttps://aub.ac.uk/apply/undergraduate/entry-requirements/
Additional entry requirements
We invite as many applicants to attend an interview as possible and will hold the majority of interviews January – March. If you have been selected for interview we will email you and details will be sent via AUB’s application portal, MyApplication. Admissions will send you full details of the date and time of the interview, plus what to bring and how to get to AUB. For most courses, unless specified, you will be required to bring a portfolio of work as part of your interview and you will need to follow the portfolio guidance for the course. AUB is flexible, so if you cannot attend your allocated interview date you can request it is rescheduled.
We invite a small group to each interview slot and you will be taken to the relevant course area. Normally this will begin with a brief talk about the course and then the academic staff will look at your portfolio. This might be a group session where you are all asked to contribute and talk about your work. Or you may be seen on a one-to-one basis to discuss your work. Interviews are your opportunity to demonstrate to us your self-motivation and commitment to your area of study. Be ready to talk about your influences, who inspires you and why (think about your cultural interests such as gallery visits, exhibitions, cinema, theatre or literature). It’s important that you contextualise your work. We also expect you to have an awareness of contemporary practice in your chosen subject area. Interviews are also your opportunity to ask any questions you have about the course.
As a specialist art and design institution, the portfolio forms a big part of our admissions process. Each course has different guidelines for what the course team expects to see in your portfolio and you can find these on our website. It is important to read the portfolio guidelines and select pieces for your portfolio accordingly so you bring with you a good range of work which meets the course team’s expectations.
Portfolios should contain a variety of different work, showcasing your creative ability and capacity to work in different media. Include sketchbooks and idea journals as well as examples of ‘work in progress’ to show the development and journey of a project. We recognise that everyone has different skills, portfolios and experiences, so what we look for is potential through a broad range of work that expresses the scope of your creative experiences and shows evidence of enquiry and experimentation.
If you are outside the UK or can’t attend an interview Admissions will ask you to submit a link to an electronic portfolio and full details of how to submit this will be sent to you by Admissions.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||C||Overall score of 180|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||Overall score of 200|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, speaking and listening)|
|PTE Academic||54.0||A minimum of 51 in each component|
AUB can also accept International Baccalaureate English Language B or English Language and Literature A at Higher Level grade 4 or Standard Level grade 5. We may also accept TOEFL iBT scores of 80 or above for entry to degree courses; however we would prefer one of the above qualifications. TOEFL is a test of American English and is not classified as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for Tier 4 Visa applicants. IELTS, Pearson and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the start of the course to be valid.
English language requirements
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|