Graphic Communication Birmingham City University

Undergraduate

Our diverse and exciting BA (Hons) Graphic Communication course is a must for anyone passionate about graphic design and looking to pursue a career in the industry.

Thanks to established links with major advertising groups, publishing houses and interactive design, the programme is structured to provide you with industry-quality skills in the fields of communication, branding and advertising design, both in print and online.

Lecturers are well placed to give commercially relevant guidance based on contemporary trends and historical contexts. We run an in-house agency that will prepare you for entering the world of design and your work experience will come from placements, studio visits and real life briefs.

What's covered in the course?

The Graphic Communication course expects you to stand out through your imaginative thinking, passion and commitment to new ideas and international perspectives. You will study a course that will test your design skills and help you identify the latest trends in design and communication on a world stage.

We need independent learners who are playful, full of passion and totally aware of the power they possess to facilitate changes, inform opinion and make their own mark in the creative industries.

In three years you will be engaged in all the practical and intellectual skills as leaders in an ever-changing commercial environment. Many graduates have gone on to become leaders in their field of specialism.

You will immerse yourself in our creative community, based at our City Centre Campus, where you will find screen-printing, letterpress facilities, Adobe software training rooms and studio facilities to enhance your design work.

You will engage with live project briefs with companies and partners, ranging from local to international, and your tutors are enthusiastic about their specialisms, fostering an invaluable knowledge transfer within the programme.

Your portfolio will be showcased to a number of potential employers through our home-grown and independent talent pool, We Grow Cherries, as well as during your graduate show. We run exciting trips to provide stimuli for your creative briefs, with cultural trips are planned for London, Berlin and New York, and these excursions will include visits to exhibitions, museums and studios visits.
Our end-of-year awards are sponsored and presented by high-profile names, with most award winners offered placements which have led to permanent employment.

  • Qualification

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

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Parkside Building Campus

  • Start date

    23 September 2019

  • Duration

    3 years


Course details

Modules

In the first year you will be introduced to the diverse subject of visual communication and will gain confidence and knowledge in the discipline of graphic communication. You will develop creative and technical skills, underpinned by theories relating to creative practice. In year two you will contextualise your work, engaging in contemporary practice. Live projects, industry links and competitions form a key part of your work. You will also have the opportunity to opt for a collaborative practice module, working with students from different visual communication disciplines. In your final year you will focus on your specialism and have a greater depth of research and understanding, contextualised by a dissertation and a major project portfolio. You will prepare for self-promotion which will be supported by seminars and lectures from industry expert practitioners who explore area such as networking, freelance practice, entrepreneurship, self-promotion and media.


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 B25
Campus name Parkside Building Campus
Campus code C

Points of entry

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 BBC minimum of 2 A Levels required although Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one A-level subjects. Applicants with 2 A Level qualifications or equivalent can combine with AS levels to achieve required points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3.
Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered.
Scottish Higher CC CC Advanced Higher CC Highers
AS AA - EE Must be considered along with a minimum of 2 of the following qualifications: A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas. Can also be considered in combination with a BTEC Extended Diploma, Art and Design Foundation Diploma or UAL Extended Diploma to obtain 112 pts.
Extended Project Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for.
Can be considered along with a minimum of 2 of the following qualifications: A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas. Can also be considered in combination with a BTEC extended diploma, art and design foundation diploma or UAL extended diploma to obtain 112 pts
HNC (BTEC) P overall Must be in a course related to the degree subject being applied for.
HND (BTEC) P overall Must be in a course related to the degree subject being applied for.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall
Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 14 points or above from three higher level subjects and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Must be offered along with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* Can be considered in combination with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Must be offered along with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Must be offered along with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Must be offered along with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be combined with A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D*
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be combined with A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Must be combined with A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.
Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Pass plus grades CC at A-Level (or equivalent qualifications)
Must be offered along with either A-levels,AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points

Additional entry requirements

Portfolio

If your application is progressed, you will be invited to provide a portfolio of your creative work for review. This can be submitted digitally or you can physically bring it in. Your portfolio is your opportunity to show examples of your work and creative interests to support your application. Guidance on how to put your portfolio together will be provided once you have made your application.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in the remaining three skills.

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.