The first year of your course is broadly experimental, giving you the chance to widen your creative skills through printmaking, photography and Adobe Creative Cloud, as well as developing an understanding of type, image and three-dimensional graphics. There will also be some theoretical and professional studies alongside your creative modules.
Your studies will become more challenging in the second year as you craft your professional portfolio. You will work on live briefs from external agencies in the professional studies module, and tutor-led competitions will give you a feel for the national and international design industry. Alongside this work, you will begin to explore research-led experimental design as well.
During your final year you will work on a mix of design briefs and undertake a major assignment or dissertation. You will have more ownership of your work and will be able to negotiate the content of your portfolio, however you will have tutorial and workshop supervision for your design dissertation.
The year will culminate in an exhibition as part of the Faculty of Creative Arts Summer Show, which you will be involved with designing and planning. Guests from industry will be invited to portfolio reviews and studio critiques to help you develop your professional work.
Skills and assessment
BA (Hons) Graphic Communication from the University of Northampton.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-level or DMM for a BTEC. In addition, you are expected to have studied Art, Design or a related subject at A-level, BTEC Level 3 Diploma, or equivalent qualification. We will also accept a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in Art and Design. International students may submit their portfolio electronically. Students with a relevant HND or Foundation Degree with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted onto year two or three.
Students who successfully complete the degree could progress on to postgraduate courses in Graphic Communication or Design.
How to apply
You will need to prepare a portfolio of work for interview.
Fees for 2018 entry: £7,200 (per year).
Duration: Three years
Please apply via UCAS www.ucas.com
Institution – Activate Learning
Institution code – O25
Course code – W211