Through our strong links with industry we will help you unlock your potential for a future career in the exciting world of Graphic Design. Visual communication is ever growing through creative media for websites, magazines, illustrations, moving imagery and many more digital platforms.
- UCAS course code
- York St John University
- Course fees
- 2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
- 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
- Study Abroad
- Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
- Start date
- September 2018
Our Graphic Design degree will enable you to cultivate your design skills in a dynamic environment, through visual and oral communication. You’ll benefit from our impressive industry links, which include BBC, Autodesk, Orange and many more.
Get to grips with a range of methodologies in the understanding and examination of information and the opportunity to immerse yourself in new technologies to display graphical and illustrative content. You will develop your own professional portfolio through work placements, client projects and competitions.
In preparation for your career, you will formulate design research and innovation proposals to produce new and unexpected outcomes, negotiate a design brief with an industry leading client and undertake a major project of your own choice that will prepare you for the professional world.
Level 1 enables you to cultivate your own design skills through visual and oral communication by undertaking a carousel of design workshops to serve both interdisciplinary and specialist design practices. You will explore a range of design research methodologies through a holistic approach in order to understand how to examine information.
Modules may include:
- Drawing & Rendering Techniques
- Digital Arts & Illustration
- Brand Identity
- Use of Typography
- Photographic Image Manipulation
- Layout Design
- Print Production
Level 2 allows you to explore graphical software applications. It is an opportunity for you to develop your own professional portfolio through a work placement whilst working on a series of specialist projects including competitions and client projects.
Modules may include:
- Motion Graphics
- Infographic Design
- 3D Animation
- Storyboarding for Idents
- Work-related Learning: the opportunity to work on a live brief or in a design agency
- Collaborative Project for Interactive Design
At Level 3 you will formulate design research and innovation proposals to produce new and unexpected outcomes. You will be expected to negotiate a design brief with an industry led client and undertake a major project of your own choice. This will prepare you for real world experiences and nurture your own personal development for graduate career prospects.
- Innovative Research Proposals for Visual Communication
- Working with Key Industry Partnerships
- Graphic Project (Major): personal development
- Client Project: working to an industry brief for real-world scenarios
Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.
York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.
Teaching & Assessment
The programme has been designed to meet the needs of those of you who wish to undertake a degree in a broad range of design related activities and those of you returning to education. Programme delivery will utilise a blended approach incorporating tutor led sessions, group work and individual tutorials, technical support and learning reinforced by virtual learning environments (VLEs).
The programme is concerned with ensuring that you have the opportunity to experience a variety of teaching and learning strategies across the modules offered. These are structured to facilitate successful achievement of the learning outcomes of each module.
You will be provided with a range of teaching and learning strategies across the modules, including:
- Reflective learning
- Independent learning
- Collaborative learning
- Facilitated learning
It is anticipated that semesters will be divided between periods of intense activity (in practice based activity) and periods of independent reflection, supported by specific tasks, technical workshops, reading and proactive use of VLE (including forums, discussion groups, online portfolios, project briefs ).
Students will be taught using a wide and varied range of teaching methods, including:
- Individual and group tutorials
- Group and individual presentations
- Visiting speakers / lectures
- Use of audio-visual material
- Use of e-learning
- Use of appropriate IT
- Technical support
The programme recognises that, as a higher education student, you need to gain and develop a range of graduate attributes which is why the programme places a significant emphasis on your independent learning. The programme thus aims to provide an environment in which you are encouraged to take responsibility for your role in managing your learning and outcomes.
Reflection is central to learning on this degree. It encourages you to relate new material you may encounter to your existing knowledge and expertise. In addition to being a part of good quality knowledge transfer, reflection supports learning by enhancing the whole experience. The new programme will offer you the time to reflect in a variety of ways; such as learning journals, formative feedback, the use of portfolios, reflection on work related learning and internships, tutorial interaction, peer and self-assessment, assignments and a review of your own continual professional development (CPD) plan. It will also facilitate an understanding of your own learning processes and their relationship with and to other creative industries.
You will be encouraged to recognise your learning is not confined to formal teaching situations and encouraged to undertake independent preparation as a follow up to your formal teaching sessions. The programme seeks to offer a range of technical support and independent study that might include both theory and practical sessions. The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team support staff in using some of the core online student services, such as Moodle (VLE) and Mahara (e-portfolio), which you can openly access as part of your online learning experience.
Assessment & feedback
Project feedback will be undertaken at timely points to enable effective progression into the next project, usually at the same time as a portfolio review to enable ongoing holistic assessment. A personal design and learning portfolio is key to the reflective CPD process and the programme will offer a system for developing a professional design portfolio which will record both the process and outcomes of your design projects, and also enable you to record other professionally relevant achievements and competences. This portfolio will be reviewed regularly, usually three or four times per semester, to track progress and aid with setting objectives for future projects. This will be timed to coincide with appropriate stages in projects and modules. This will also particularly be used to provide context for your specialism decisions at the end of level four and also to guide the independent project choices for level six. The portfolio review will be integrated into the academic tutorial system to provide coherent personal learning support for all design students. Summative feedback, reflecting the formative feedback stages and portfolio reviews, will be communicated within 3 weeks of the final submission at the end of a module.
You will not be expected to undertake any examinations whilst on the degree.
The minimum entry requirements for this course are:
96 - 112 UCAS Tariff points
3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language
As well as a strong standard of written English, the ability to demonstrate knowledge and interest in the subject is essential. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, visits to design exhibitions, museums or collections. Applicants will also show an ability to 'think outside the box' and have relevant experience of group work.
We also value the ability to demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include involvement in projects or entering competitions, and being aware of any current issues relating to design, such as sustainability. Candidates will also be able to discuss influences including favourite designers, design product or style of design.
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Fees and funding
To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.
Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.
There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.
UK & EU 2016 / 17
The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.
Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.
Overseas 2016 / 17
The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.
Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.
Our Design students have worked on a wide range of real-life design projects in partnership with local and international organisations including Hiscox, TeleWare and Playscheme.
We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.
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