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New Graphic Communication degree launched

Activate Learning is launching a new BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Communication for 2018 entry, approved by the University of Northampton. The programme will be based at Reading College.

The first year of the course is broadly experimental, giving students the chance to widen their 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 the creative modules.

The studies will become more challenging in the second year as students craft their professional portfolio and explore research-led experimental design.

There will be live briefs from external agencies in the professional studies module, and tutor-led competitions will give a feel for the national and international design industry.


During the final year students will work on a mix of design briefs and undertake a major assignment or dissertation.

The year will culminate in an exhibition as part of the Faculty of Creative Arts Summer Show, which graphic communication students will be involved with designing and planning.

Guests from industry will be invited to undertake portfolio reviews and studio critiques to help develop students’ professional work.

Bill Hunt, Director of Higher Education at Activate Learning said: "We are delighted to be opening up new opportunities for students to study higher education through an exciting partnership with the University of Northampton.

“Activate Learning and the University of Northampton share a commitment to transforming lives through learning with a clear focus on employability and we look forward to working with the university in developing this new and exciting collaboration."

Bill Toyer, Academic Partnership Development Manager from the University of Northampton said:

“We are pleased to be working with such a forward thinking partner. Their ambition to transform lives through learning strikes a chord with the values of the University of Northampton and puts the student firmly at the centre of everything they do. 

We are very much looking forward to developing this collaboration further over the coming years.”

Find out more about the BA (Hons) Graphic Communication degree