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BA (Hons) Graphic Design

UCAS code: W210 BA/GDes

Graphic designers are visual communicators who bring ideas to life. The BA (Hons) Graphic Design allows you to build a portfolio of work in an area of your choice - from advertising and branding, to illustration and motion graphics. At Teesside University, it is a well-established and highly successful area of study and offers you a broad and dynamic experience.

Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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Entry to 2017/18 academic year

Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

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  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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£500

£500 available to kick-start your degree – for travel, accommodation or other living expenses

Eligibility criteria apply

£270m

Over £270m invested in our town-centre campus for your improved student and learning experience

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88%

88% of students would recommend Teesside University to others
(National Student Survey 2016)

Why choose Teesside
 

Our course structure is flexible and responsive, allowing you to become a multi-skilled graphic designer or to specialise in illustration, graphics for advertising or interaction design. You undertake a general first year and have the opportunity to specialise from Year 2, based on your developing interests and aptitudes. You work in areas such as advertising, branding, illustration, typography, book arts, motion graphics, web design, interactive media, and editorial design for magazines and books. You develop your own distinctive portfolio of work, and the course emphasis is on creative ideas and adventurous solutions, combined with a high level of professional awareness and a dedicated work ethic.

In Year 1 you are able to experience the fundamental principles of graphic design. You are introduced to essential graphic languages and processes including drawing, image-making, typography, advertising, interaction, narrative and printmaking.

During Year 2 you develop a distinctive body of work through your selection of project briefs. Here you may begin to specialise if you wish. You further develop your knowledge, strengths, professional and management skills and apply your ideas and processes to more complex creative projects.



In Year 3 the emphasis is placed firmly on development of your professional portfolio and future career aspirations. You are able to negotiate your own project themes and there is the opportunity to work on live projects and competition briefs.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Activate

You are introduced to idea generation, design thinking and creative confidence in learning methods, study skills and studentship in design. You reflect on and evaluate your current skills and experiences up to joining the design programmes.

You have the opportunity to work with students from other design disciplines. Through workshop exercises you are then able to apply this knowledge to project work.

Elevate

This specialist graphic design module enables you to create compelling expressive work by reacting to a given experience. Initial workshops introduce the fundamentals of creative and expressive mark-making, composition, image-making, drawing, layout, typography, narrative and sequence. You are then able to apply these in project work.

Enterprise

You are introduced to the innovation economy and gain an understanding of the knowledge, skills and confidence to develop and deliver entrepreneurial solutions. You explore organisational contexts as members of teams or empowering you to harness your personal and business skills.

Hack

Through the study of modernism and postmodernism, you respond by producing a publication that is informed by theory. There is an emphasis on project management. Environmental and sustainable issues inform materials and processes used in the production process.

Storytelling

Here, you apply acquired knowledge and skills to a selected project according to an area of your individual interest or specialism. This module provides an overview of professional graphic practice and enables you to reflect on your own learning and personal career aspirations. You review work from modules through your portfolio presentation and set goals for the next stage.

Workshop

This specialist graphic design module introduces you to the practical facilities within design. The 3D workshops offer wood, metal and plastic materials, lazer cutting, printmaking facilities. Equipment housed in fashion and textile can be used to produce project work. You are encouraged to use these facilities throughout the three years of your programme of study.

 

Year 2 core modules

Analysis

During this module you look outside of the studio to observe, make links and understand situations. You consider how design can be a progressive force that impacts and improves lives and environments. You have the ability to shape project work to suit your design interests and can involve yourself with individual, collaborative, entrepreneurial, research-led or externally-situated briefs.

You have the opportunity to connect with wider communities to identify a need for improvement by design. Social design is a driver for our practice and provides the means to underpin deep and meaningful solutions.

Articulate

Here you continue your personal reflection and planning while researching the breadth of practice associated with graphic communication. You develop project work around personal interests and you are encouraged to reach out to organisations and communities that enable you to connect and create networks of support and mutual interest. You review work from all modules through your portfolio presentation and set goals for the next stage.

Connect

Designers operate in a commercial world. It is crucial that you understand the needs of all the stakeholders that your design impacts on. You strategically develop products that service specific market sectors, that are user focused and fulfil the needs of business.

Iteration

This module focuses on the development stage of the design process. Through thorough questioning, testing, improving, proofing, specification and reflection, your initial proposal is refined and improved to provide a resolved solution.

Now in Production

You are asked to consider proposals for opportunities to generate work to start the process of raising funds to exhibit work in Year 3 that is outside the University, aimed at launching your career. Possibilities are varied and you could explore an online outlet.

The Thinking Eye

This module asks you to consider issues and theories around graphic design. Semiotics and ethics are debated and explored. You select a topic and do further research to inform a practical piece of work.

 

Final-year core modules

DIY

This module is defined by you. Do you continue to refine a competition brief for submission? Would you prefer to spend more time on your self-promotion? Do you want to carry out research and experimental work for an MA application proposal? Do you want to do another competition brief or live project? There is also the option of arranging work experience.

Initiate

As a group you are tasked to resolve how the year group is represented at the end of year show. You think about publication material and raise funds for a possible London exhibition venue on graduation.

Magnify

This is an opportunity to visually represent how you wish to be perceived as a designer. You consider your self-promotion material in formats that are relevant to your chosen direction. There is also the opportunity to use this module for work experience.

Project X

This is the opportunity to write your own negotiated brief that enhances your portfolio and confirms your interests and career goals. The module also has a project report that links theory to practice.

Studio

This module enables you to develop your own field of interest and negotiate a personal programme of study. It encourages the continued growth of a questioning, creative and innovative approach to design project work and focuses on conceptual and experimental exploration. You may also decide to undertake appropriate external or live projects.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

A full range of digital resources and workshop facilities, utilising up-to-date equipment and processes, supports the studio environment. Independent and student-centred learning are encouraged in addition to taught sessions with staff. Theoretical work is delivered through illustrated lectures and seminars where there is opportunity for collective discussion.

How you are assessed

The work produced is the work assessed; there are no examinations and the production of design projects is a key feature. Assessment is undertaken against carefully defined criteria and project-based assignments involve a critique. The critique is a reflective process allowing for both staff and peer group appraisal.


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Career opportunities

Our graduates have excellent and varied career opportunities and go on to work in design consultancies, publishing houses, advertising and new media studios along with freelance opportunities and commissioned arts projects. There is also the opportunity for postgraduate study.

Entry requirements

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

More full-time details

Entry to 2017/18 academic year

Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

More part-time details

  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

Contact details

Further information