Graphic Design supports your development as a graphic designer with the flexibility to work in today's contexts, from print to web to multimedia design. Your creative ideas and approaches will grow alongside your use of computer technology and your critical understanding of design and visual theory.
You will develop your team working skills and your understanding of how to respond to professional briefs, building your knowledge and experience of the current market. There are plenty of opportunities to work on 'live briefs' set by real clients from a variety of contexts, including businesses, museums, local authorities and charities. You will be encouraged to develop work for entry into national and international competitions and increasingly to follow your own interests, whether those involve a passion for typography or a preoccupation with motion graphics. Throughout, you will be introduced to the multitude of professional possibilities that are open to graphic designers, and there are plenty of opportunities to visit design studios and meet industry clients.
Illustration aims to cover the complete range of illustration genres and forms, including children's books, editorial and magazine illustration, the graphic novel, reportage, authorial illustration and advertising.
With its comprehensive foundation in drawing during students' first year, it will support development of your work across a wide range of applications encompassing traditional techniques and digital realisation. Cross media projects are encouraged and, in your final year, there is increasing emphasis on growing your knowledge of, and interaction with, professional contexts of illustration. You are taught by lecturers who, themselves, are also professional, published illustrators.
For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Graphic Design BA (Hons) and Illustration BA (Hons).
For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest Graphic Design programme specification and Illustration programme specification documents.