This course offers a dynamic and exciting approach to the practice of Graphics & Illustration. By fostering the development of great ideas and challenging existing thinking in the subject, you will be equipped with the tools to help define your future and find an individual voice within the field of visual communication.

What to expect

Year One

Through practical workshops and themed project assignments, you will explore the fundamentals of visual communication and your own unique visual language through personal idea development.

Year Two

In your second year you will focus on developing skills within a chosen specialism alongside building upon existing themes, taught in year one. By exploring themes, concepts and a wide range of media, the focus remains on refining your individual direction with the aid of self-evaluation.

Year Three

Your final year is the beginning of your career in the creative arts environment. The year begins with a variety of projects that support a critical and imaginative approach to visual communication through a self-initiated programme of study. Aided by tutors and industry specialists you will explore a specific area of interest and complete a body of work from which to select your own professional portfolio

Course Details

3 years (6 semesters)

Course Start

Graphic designer, Illustrator, Art Director, Freelance Illustrator, Advertising Agency, branding, digital moving image, typography, interactive design, packaging and 3D design, information design.

Tutor Support
Specialist tutor support available 5 days a week.

Studio Access
Students have access to our studios 7 days a week, from 8am to 8.30pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at weekends.

How your Work is Assessed
Visual and written assignments and projects

Guest Lecturers
Our course is enriched by programmed of lectures and workshops from a range of creative professionals.

Your Space

Each of our students has their own workspace and are provided with free colour printing. Students will also have access to an in-studio library and our photography studio. We also provide you with materials for mono printing, silk screen printing, lino printing, letterpress, drypoint and collagraph in our dedicated print room.

How we Teach

Throughout this course students will be taught through specialist workshops, guest lecturers, regular one-to-ones and group tutorials.


90% of our students were in work 6 months after graduating in 2019.
43% of our students graduating in 2019 achieved a first class degree. This is substantially higher than the national level of 28%.*

*based on national average in 2017/18


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