Teaching and learning in 2020/21

In order to prioritise the safety of students and staff, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning. For more details on changes to this course, see our undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

Our Foundation year in Art and Design is designed to provide you with an introduction to our range of subject areas, and to prepare you for the discipline of your choice. It will give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within the field. It begins in the first semester with the development of fundamental Art and Design skills, as well as practical exploration across all of the disciplines in our Art and Design Foundation programme. In the second semester you are encouraged to specialise in your own discipline and are supported at this stage by tutors from your host course. You will also benefit from workshops in our high-end facilities, and from working with leading academics who will encourage you to become a confident and creative thinker. Your practical development is accompanied by modules in both semesters on foundational academic skills – skills that will be essential as you progress to your chosen full degree.

On successful completion of the Foundation year, you'll be able to move on to study for the Graphic Communication Design BA Honours degree over a further three years study.

Our Graphic Communication Design BA aims to encourage your creativity, individuality and personal growth through the study of graphic communication design.

Our emphasis is on the application of skills to develop ideas and present information in ways that are engaging, meaningful, useful and worthwhile.

You'll 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'll 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'll 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. Our course places emphasis on the design, presentation and communication of ideas and information suited to the genuine needs of the end-user.

Based at our Harrow Campus – home to our arts, media and digital courses – you’ll work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique creative hothouse.

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

Top reasons to study with us

  • You'll learn to identify, redefine and resolve communication design problems through highly developed critical and reflective judgement
  • Our course provides you with a sound design methodology and a range of creative, intellectual and technical skills that are sustainable and transferable within professional settings
  • We encourage student self-awareness and confidence within their discipline and within the world of work
  • Our course provides you with knowledge and critical understanding of the historical, theoretical, and cultural contexts of the discipline
  • We enable students to identify emerging opportunities and gain a range of transferrable skills that allow them to respond to change

Course structure

Our Graphic Communication Design BA Honours course employs 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, submitted work and planning/research material, while assessment of theoretical modules includes written work, seminar presentations, research plans, visual essays and online study tasks.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include (across 5 core modules): 

  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development
  • Art and Design Explorations
  • Making and Modelling
  • Seeing and Doing

There are no optional or elective modules offered at Level 3, as the focus is on the development of key academic skills through a broad understanding of Media and Design

Credit Level 3

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

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.


With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

Graduates in work or further study

90% of our Graphic Communication Design BA graduates are in work and/or further study 6 months after finishing their course.

(Source: Discover Uni - site accessed in January 2020)

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Our Careers and Employability Service can provide you with industry mentoring, one-to-one guidance, mock interviews, employer presentations and workshops.

Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Job areas

This course will prepare you for job areas such as:

  • Creative direction
  • Design for interaction
  • Editorial design
  • Graphic design
  • Information design

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Apple
  • BBC
  • DixonBaxi
  • FutureBrand
  • Google
  • The British Museum
  • Transport for London

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Course Leaders

Dr Elizabeth Allen

Assistant Head of School

Elizabeth Allen is a course leader for the Art and Design Foundation year.

Peter Dukes

Principal Lecturer

Peter Dukes is a Principal Lecturer in Westminster School of Arts, University of Westminster, and a course leader for the Art and Design Foundation year. He studied Fine Art at Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art, and was Course Leader for BA Contemporary Media Practice from 2006 to 2016. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is currently School Senior Tutor for Westminster School of Arts.

Colin Bailey

Principal Lecturer

Colin Bailey worked for over 30 years in design practice, principally as a Senior Associate within the design studio Ken Garland and Associates. During that time, he worked on design projects for a wide range of clients. Work included design for: books, magazines and journals; annual reports, exhibitions and installations; packaging; signage and wayfinding; information design; and multimedia presentations.

Why study this course?

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Multidisciplinary, creative campus

You’ll work alongside students from film, photography, music, and fashion at our Harrow Campus.

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Fantastic location

With central London only a 20-minute tube ride away, you’ll enjoy the benefits of studying in a major creative capital.

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A supportive environment

We provide our students with the right environment, support and guidance throughout their studies to keep them motivated.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – DD
  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – PPP
  • BTEC Diploma – MP
  • Access – 48 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level; GCSE Maths Pass

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combinations of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

You may be required to bring a portfolio of practical work to interview.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

You may be required to bring a portfolio of practical work to interview.

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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.

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Fees and Funding

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

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.


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.


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: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.


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.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

Teaching hours Independent study

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.


Practical Coursework

Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course location

Harrow is our creative and cultural hub, home to most of our arts, media and digital courses. It houses state-of-the-art facilities for every discipline, including project and gallery spaces, film studios, creative labs, collaborative learning spaces, and the creative enterprise hub.

Harrow Campus is based in north-west London, just 20 minutes from the city centre by train.

For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

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