Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our well-established and broad-based course 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 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, 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.

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.

Careers

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

90%
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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One-to-one advice

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

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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

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 – CCC to BBB
  • International Baccalaureate – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – DD to D*D*
  • Access – 96 to 120 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 – IB 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 should have a portfolio of practical work to bring to interview or present online (if not in the UK).

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

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

You should have a portfolio of practical work to bring to interview or present online (if not in the UK).

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

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Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Fees and Funding

UK 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.

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: £14,400 (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.

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.

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.

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3
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Scheduled 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.

 

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Written 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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