Bradford College

Graphic Design and Illustration Bradford College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Bolton


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Course summary

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This is a creatively demanding course delivered in a traditional Art School environment by academics and industry professionals who have a wide range of relevant industry experience and knowledge. The course provides high quality technical and creative support and provides access to industry standard facilities. It is intended that, by the end of the course you will be ready to engage with dynamic nature of the creative industries.

Designed to enable graduates to be well placed to launch a career as a modern Graphic Designer, the course has been specifically designed to develop expertise in design and creativity. It focuses on developing independent and creative thinking. It is challenging artistically and practically and prepares you for the interdisciplinary nature of the design industry.

The course offers a range of experiences in design, illustration and communications through a variety of media. We aim to interrelate concepts where possible, for example static to moving images, or traditional to modern technology. This creates a catalyst to reconsider visual language.

The overall aims of the course are: to provide a broad based education in graphic design, illustration and digital media; to develop an awareness and understanding of the creative potential of contemporary professional practice in the field of graphic design, illustration and digital media; and to develop an understanding of the different cultural, historical and commercial contexts within which graphic design, illustration and digital media professionals operate today.

Course details


Level 4: Level Four is intensive and exploratory, in which we aim to give a broad-based introduction to your education in Graphic Design. We will study the culture of studio practice, and engage with a range of creative and analytical opportunities. Modules include: Graphic Projects; Graphic Media Techniques; Professional Development; Design Contexts.

Level 5: In Level Five, we place emphasis on your individual direction with further exploration of contextual and professional awareness. External live projects and national competition briefs are available where appropriate. Modules include: Advanced Graphic Projects; Advanced Graphic Media Techniques; Design Matters (Historical and Contemporary Issues)

Level 6: The final level requires you to propose an appropriate personal programme of work which can evolve continually throughout the year; this could include set, live and competition briefs. Modules include: Final Major Project; Design Focus (Dissertation).

Assessment method

This course combines a number of learning methods through a programme of integrated study and related problem-solving assignments. We provide a supportive environment within which learning strategies are designed to be student centred and to develop individual learning through a series of negotiated briefs and assignments.

Over the duration of the course, you will take control of the development of your own personal learning increasingly. In addition to module teaching staff, you will be advised and supported throughout by a Personal Tutor. Our teaching methods focus on meeting your professional, creative and conceptual development needs. Teaching and learning is directed towards meeting your individual needs and is centred on supporting you in developing your own solutions to design and communication problems. In addition to module teaching staff, you will be advised and supported throughout by a Personal Tutor.

You will be assessed by a range of formative and summative assessments, which allow you to continue strengthening your skills as a Graphic Designer. The course is based both on practical and theoretical study, which will be reflected in the method of assessment; practical work will typically be assessed through the presentation of a body of work in portfolio or exhibition form, whilst written work will be presents in essays, reports or journals.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points Three A levels or BTEC Extended Diploma usually in an Arts or Media subject, or Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design and Art, Design & Media).
A level CCD Preferably including an Arts or Media subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Preferably in an Arts or Media subject.
Access to HE Diploma Award of a full Access Certificate (Art & Design) by a licensed Access Validating Agency.
Scottish Higher CD Preferably including an Arts or Media subject.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/4 minimum.
Level 2 qualifications in Literacy and Numeracy accepted as equivalent.

As part of the application process, you will be required to attend an interview to which you should bring a portfolio of your work.
Applications are encouraged though non-traditional routes. An appropriate level of study will be identified through a portfolio presentation and evidence of professional practice experience at interview. If you have already completed a Foundation degree or HND, you will be considered for direct entry to the appropriate level of the degree course.

Additional entry requirements


Candidates will be invited to attend for interview and be given an initial assessment.


Candidates will be required to bring a portfolio of work to the interview session.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8,750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,750 Year 1
Scotland £8,750 Year 1
Wales £8,750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Bradford College is committed to delivering quality, affordable degrees. We work hard to cut the cost and not the corners on our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The tuition fee rate per year is fixed for the duration of the course providing there is no break in study. You will not be asked to pay these fees up front, as you should be eligible for loans to cover the tuition fees and assist with living expenses from Student Finance England. However, please ensure that you have made your application and secured funding for your course prior to registration.

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