• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
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Overview

In this Graphic Design (Hons) degree course offered at University of Portsmouth, you’ll develop creative problem solving skills and learn to use design software including Adobe InDesign and Illustrator to give your design work a professional finish. The skills you acquire will enable you to join and contribute to the constantly evolving world of media and design.

A degree in graphic design could open doors to a creative career in areas such as editorial and print design, interactive and web design, motion graphics and specialist typography.

The curriculum on this BA (Hons) Graphic Design course has a strong emphasis on research- and industry-informed design practice. Many of the course lecturers are active researchers and we have strong links with the design industry.

Past students from this course have been commended in the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA), and won the You Can Now (YCN) and British Design & Art Direction (D&AD) New Blood “Ones to Watch” awards. Students have also gained membership of the International Society of Typographic Designers, been featured in Digital Arts magazine, Blueprint magazine and Creative Boom, and won designer of the year and the Screening Prize at New Designers.

On this Graphic Design (Hons) degree course offered at University of Portsmouth, you’ll:

  • Access specialist production facilities to develop techniques like screen printing, letterpress, laser cutting and dye sublimation printing
  • Take Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) qualifications as part of the course – one of our final-year students won the industry-acclaimed UK Adobe Championship in 2017
  • Get an industry perspective from guest speakers – past guests have included Alan Kitching, Mark Ovenden, and industry professionals from design studios FontSmith and SomeOne
  • Be taught by a mix of academic staff and working professionals
  • Have the opportunity to enter international competitions like YCN, RSA, D&AS and achieve membership of the International Society of Typographic Designers (iSTD)
  • Have the opportunity to take part in events like SKY Creative Day
  • Choose whether to do a traditional dissertation or produce a practical project
  • You’ll examine the core principles of graphic design, learning how to apply your talent across every industry using traditional and digital media. You’ll also develop expert skills in design software including Adobe In Design and Illustrator to design and create incredible pieces.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Previous students have completed work placements at the head offices of organisations such as Debenhams and Sainsbury’s, and agencies such as Really B2B.

Fancy setting up your own graphic design company on your placement year? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement.

You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You could work in many areas of media, including:

  • magazine design publishing
  • branding and design agencies
  • art direction and advertising
  • website design
  • work in the television and film industries
  • further study and research

Graduates from this course have gone on to work with these companies and design studios:

  • Precedent
  • Why Not Associates
  • I Love Dust
  • Aardman Digital
  • The Light Surgeons
  • Fitch
  • 4IV
  • Rubrik
  • FHM Magazine

You could also set up your own business or work as a freelancer. Examples of businesses past students have set up include:

  • Territory Studio
  • Bright Agency
  • Debut Art
  • Strong Island
  • MWM Creative
  • Lethal Creative Studio
  • iLoveDust

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Fundamentals of Design Practice
  • Information Design
  • Screen Design – Motion Graphics
  • Research-Informed Design Thinking
  • Introduction to Visual Culture
  • Developing Design Practice
  • Screen Design – Interactive
  • Ethical Design
  • Professional Practice – Identity and Branding
  • Graphic Design Major Project – Research, Development and Resolution
  • Professional Practice – Design Briefs and Competitions
  • Professional Practice – Promotion and Employability
  • Professional Practice - Design Studio Practice

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    54

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General Requirements

  • 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    14300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Tuition for International Students: 14,300– £16,400

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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