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Graphic and Digital Design, BA Hons

Our graphic and digital design degree takes a practical and theoretical approach to design to prepare you for careers in the creative industries.

On our graphic and digital design degree, you will study topics such as typography and graphic design, branding and advertising, fine art, photography, data visualisation and the moving image. Technical workshops and other practical elements of the course will boost your creativity and help you master various aspects of design technology.

Popular career options for our graphic and digital design graduates include roles in creative agencies, particularly those specialising in print, publishing, packaging, branding and interaction design, as well as those focused on animation and the moving image.

UCAS points

112 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

W210 G BA/GDD

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • The course provides a thorough grasp of design in line with change in the creative industries.
  • It balances design creativity with the latest technology. Explore different media and develop specialist skills in line with your own interests.
  • Specialist areas are available in branding and advertising, fine art, information and interaction design, data visualisation and moving image.
  • Develop excellent communication skills and creative aesthetics in graphic and digital design and similar fields.
  • Gain insight beyond coding and acquire the tools and understanding of how a digital project works.

What you will study

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About the course team

This degree course employs a range of innovative teaching and learning methods. Lectures and labs/tutorials are dynamic and interactive. You will be taught by an experienced team of lecturers, which includes senior academics, technical officers, and practitioners with industry experience. Our research and consultancy work informs academics, and over 90 per cent of our lecturers hold a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

If you are

  • 112 UCAS points from A-levels, including at least 3 A-Levels at grade C
  • Interview students with: a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design; EDEXCEL / BTEC National Diploma in graphic design, or a related subject
  • You will also need GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

  • Applicants must attend an interview.
  • Applicants must provide a portfolio of previous work to be reviewed.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with professional qualifications and/or four years of full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

For exemption: If you hold qualifications or courses from another higher education institution, these may exempt you from courses of this degree.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

This design course is largely studio-based. The number of lectures available for support in the studio varies depending on the intake each year. We have met a ratio of one for every 22 students for the past three years.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate time to self-study. This will include working on visual projects, writing and group-work.

Working through the studio sessions on a regular basis is essential. Each week builds on the previous week so it is important not to get behind. We recommend that you read widely to keep on top of the subject.

You can use studios, our Stockwell Street Library and online resources to support your self-study.

During the week you can also:

  • Attend additional support classes in some modules
  • Attend guest lectures from industry experts
  • Take part in employability and enterprise workshops
  • Join Student Societies.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 72 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 228 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Trips: Any compulsory field trips are funded by the school.

Resources: For Architecture, Landscape and Design courses, you will produce portfolios of large format plots plus CNC/3D printed models etc. Costs will vary but could reach £250 a year for printing, £100 for model making, and £50 for visiting the sites.

Software: We provide Adobe software and Lynda.com online video tutorials. You will also have access to Nvivo, SPSS Modeler and SPSS Amos. Any licenses for software outside of our range will come at your own cost.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You can choose to take a 30-credit work placement in your final year alongside your other modules.

If you register on 'sandwich mode', you can do a one-year full-time paid placement between your second and final years. Whilst on a sandwich placement you retain your student status and have full support from the university and your tutors as normal. Students are responsible for finding their own placements, though we will support you through the application process.

How long is my placement?

The 30-credit work placement requires you to gain 150 hours in total.

Sandwich placements must last for a minimum of 36 weeks full-time, though they can be as long as 13 months.

What are the financial arrangements?

Credit-bearing work placements are unpaid. However, sandwich placements are normally paid, full time positions. The salary should reflect the going rate for an entry level role in the relevant industry.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

You could pursue careers in fields related to digital and graphic design. Your skills will be well-suited to agencies specialising in print, publishing, packaging, branding, and interaction design, advertising agencies, or agencies specialising in animation.

You could also explore careers involving web and mobile app design, creative direction and management, editorial design, visual communication and signage.

Are internships available?

Students are encouraged to gain relevant work experience if possible, including internships. Students are responsible for finding their own internships, though we will support you through the application process. Students can also gain an internship through Greenwich Bright and the STEPS programme.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible. The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops. 

Each School also has its own Employability Officer who provides specific opportunities relevant to your own course. They work closely with professionals in industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the workplace and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

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