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Graphic Design (With Preparatory Semester) (Full-time)

London Metropolitan University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description

Graphic Design (With Preparatory Semester) (Full-time)

Why study this course?

Our Graphic Design (with preparatory semester) BA (Hons) begins with a semester to teach you fundamental approaches and skills for graphic design. You’ll discover typography, printmaking, drawing, photography, digital design, as well as being introduced to graphic design within industry and cultural contexts.

The preparatory semester will ensure you have all the relevant skills, knowledge and confidence needed to complete the rest of your degree.

You will complete our Graphic Design (with preparatory semester) degree in three years, starting in September. Following the preparatory semester you’ll join students starting on the standard course in January. This means that Year 1 will consist of three semesters and you’ll be required to study at the University during some of the summer between Year 1 and 2. During the subsequent two years of your studies you’ll follow the same schedule and study the same content as students on the Graphic Design BA (Hons) course.

While you may make a considerable saving in time and fees by choosing this route over a four-year degree with a foundation year, do be aware that you’ll have to budget for the additional semester in your first year.

You’ll discover your own design philosophy as you play with different methods of creation on this course. You’ll be encouraged to explore, question and innovate the relationship of graphic design to the rest of the world, as well as develop a unique voice and vision in your visual communication practice.

Experimentation is strongly encouraged. Collaboration with both your peers and industry partners will provide you with opportunities to learn about and apply professional practices. You’ll have the chance to work with graphic design studios and consultancies, allowing you to experience working as a graphic designer in the real world.

You’ll have regular opportunities to connect with and learn from practitioners and industry partners through our Program of guest lectures, workshops, events and live brief projects.

You’ll graduate with the confidence, vision, skills and professional portfolio to play a key part in the visual communications industry in a range of roles.

On graduation you'll receive the same award and title as students on the standard Graphic Design BA (Hons) course.

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Admission requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • A minimum of grades of CC in two A levels (or a minimum of 64 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Critical and Contextual Studies 1 (Visual Communication)
  • Design Principles
  • Graphic Authorship
  • Introduction to Visual Communication: Practice
  • Visual Communication: Industry and Context
  • Visual Research and Communication
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 2 (Visual Communication)
  • Exploring Design Practice
  • Narrative
  • Work Ready 1
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (Visual Communication)
  • Final Project Realisation: Graphic Design
  • Project Design and Development
  • Work Ready 2

Modules and module details are subject to change over time

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

How much you pay in tuition fees depends on which country you come from and whether you are a full-time or part-time student. Please visit the course page on university website for fee information particular to that course.

Career opportunities

The skills you learn on this course will open up many different career paths to you. You could find employment in illustration, animation, printmaking, visual effects, art advertising or production design.

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London Metropolitan University

Based in England’s historic capital city, London Metropolitan University has a rich history of education with its roots dating back to 1848. Taking its current form following a merger of two well-renowned universities in 2002, it offers a wide range...

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London Metropolitan University

166-220 Holloway Road
N7 8DB London

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