• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
Bring your creative ideas to life using the latest software and professional tools on this BA Graphic Design (Hons) degree course offered at University of Portsmouth. A creative career awaits you when you graduate. A degree in graphic design will open doors to jobs in areas such as web and print design, interactive design, motion graphics and specialist typography.

Overview

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
  • Achieve Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) qualifications as part of the course
  • Get an industry perspective from guest speakers – past guests have included Alan Kitching and staff from design studios, FontSmith and SomeOne
  • Be taught by a mix of academic staff and working professionals
  • Have the opportunity to take part in events like SKY Creative Day and international competitions – one of our final-year students won the industry-acclaimed UK Adobe Championship in 2017
  • Do either a traditional dissertation or produce a practical project in your final year

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.

Accreditation

International Society of Typographic Designers (The course is not accredited. Individual students enter a competition to join the Society and may or may not be successful) 

Detailed Programme Facts

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:

    79

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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. 
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Applicants without art and design qualifications or experience may be asked to submit a digital portfolio in advance of an invitation to interview.
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13200 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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Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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