Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This well-established and broad-based course aims to encourage your creativity, individuality and personal growth through the study of graphic communication design. The emphasis is on the application of skills to develop ideas and present information in ways that are engaging, meaningful, useful and worthwhile.

You will be encouraged to develop your awareness and understanding of the social contexts and environmental responsibilities of design, so that you can identify communication strategies that will enrich people's lives by enabling them to be better informed about the world in which they live.

You will learn to engage audiences through imaginative and creative design solutions that may challenge, persuade, shock, provoke, excite and entertain, but always aim to inform. You will also develop the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Graphic design is a multi-disciplinary activity that requires a wide range of intellectual, creative and technical skills. The course places emphasis on the design, presentation and communication of ideas and information suited to the genuine needs of the end-user. We seek to produce communication that may enrich people's lives by enabling them to be better informed about the world in which they live.

Based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus – home to the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design – you will work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique creative hothouse.

The project work produced reflects the broad range of our students' interests and understanding of design, and of the media through which they communicate. It also reflects the diversity of contemporary audiences.

The course encourages your creativity, individuality, personal growth and understanding, employing a range of delivery and teaching strategies including project work, group work and collaboration, workshops, seminars, group tutorials, crits and think-tank sessions.

All modules are assessed through coursework: practical modules are typically assessed through a combination of crits, or submitted completed work and planning/research material, while assessment of theoretical modules includes written work, seminar presentations, research plans, visual essays and online study tasks. 

Course structure

The modules introduce you to a variety of historical, theoretical and conceptual issues, and to processes related to the generation, development and production of designed outcomes. Exercises and project work enable you to demonstrate your understanding of some of the basic principles of design, and encourage awareness of their relevance and importance within design and communication. 

Subjects of study include:

  • Design History and Culture

  • Design Process

  • Typography and Communication

  • Visual Language and Communication

  • Visual Narratives

  • Visual Representation

Credit Level 4

You will carry out a greater degree of independent study, and support and develop project work with research, analysis and selection. The modules encourage your personal awareness and reflection and offer you a degree of choice and selection of project options and media outcomes. During the Professional Practice module you can undertake studio placements, and engage with contemporary design practice. 

Subjects of study include:

  • Authorship and Interaction
  • Live Projects
  • Professional Practice
  • Representation of Information
  • Typography and Communication

Credit Level 5

You will have an increased degree of personal choice for the development of independent, high-quality work, demonstrating the higher level challenges of synthesis and innovation. In-depth research and design work will be characterised by your ability to analyse, synthesise and apply creatively what you have learnt during the course. The range of projects undertaken may include animation and visual narratives; exhibition and installation design, design for screen and interaction; signage, wayfinding, and environmental graphics; and typography and design for print. 

Subjects of study include:

  • Contextual Studies Report
  • Design Research and Development
  • Information Applications
  • Launch Pad
  • Major Project

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A Levels - BB
  • International Baccalaureate - 26 points (minimum)
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - MMP
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 25 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus at least grade C in English at GCSE.

Portfolio required. Ideally you should have passed the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design but other equivalent qualifications are welcomed. You should have a portfolio of practical work to bring to interview.

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 6.0 in each element.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

 

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Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate - 26 points (minimum)

Portfolio required. Ideally you should have passed the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design but other equivalent qualifications are welcomed. You should have a portfolio of practical work to bring to interview.

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 6.0 in each element.

More information

Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

Careers

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

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