This programme aims to provide an in-depth study in Graphic Design to meet the growing and challenging needs of the creative industries. There is a strong emphasis on client liaison skills.
This is a University of Northampton programme that runs at Tresham College in Kettering. Students benefit from full access to facilities at both the University and Tresham.
Delivered in partnership with Tresham College of Further and Higher Education.
Modes of study
Part time, Full time
Students are expected to attend a wide range of workshops (including CAD and website skills, research skills, printmaking, photography, illustration and life-drawing), access the libraries on both campuses and attend taught sessions by module leaders. At other times students will also participate in work experience, enrichment activities and group activities - to get the most out of the course full engagement is essential. A part-time route is available.
Length of study
The course provides the opportunity for students to develop individual questioning attitudes. These attitudes are developed through the execution of practical design assignments in the four key areas of typography, photography, illustration and computer aided design.
In Design Projects students use problem solving techniques to reach clear objective design decisions - using analysis, conceptual development and graphic applications using elements such as photography, multimedia and typographic design.
In Visual Studies students investigate a variety of media - including drawing, photography, printmaking and concept drawing skills. These underpin the visualising skills crucial to designers.
In the work-based learning modules students cover essential concepts of creative management and problem-solving techniques. Design and the production and distribution processes are covered in order to develop designers who can realise their creative ideas and successfully liaise with printing and publishing professionals.
In Contextual Studies, students expand their ideas through the assimilation and research of historical and cultural topics across a broad educational spectrum, with integrated linkages to project work in other key areas.
These areas concurrently promote the development the individual as a self aware and responsible person, with the ability to work directly in the creative industry/extend their studies to higher levels.
Special course features
- Staff with industry experience
- Good facilities - including a designated Mac suite with use of industry standard equipment and software and well equipped studios
- Small course numbers therefore good attention from teaching and facilitating team
- Strong ethos on employability skills alongside academic enquiry
- Excellent links with The University of Northampton's Graphics team and University facilities
- Visual and Material Culture 1
- Design Projects 1
- Work-based Learning in the Arts
- Visual Studies
- Visual and Material Culture 2
- Design Projects 2
- Work-based Professional Practice in the Arts
- Visual Studies 2
Newark , Q. (2007) what is Graphic Design? Rotovision
Heller, S. Ilic, M. (2001) Icons of Graphic Design. Thames and Hudson
Hyland, A. The Picture Book: Contemporary Illustration. Laurence King Publishing
Ogilvy, D. (2007) Ogilvy on Advertising Prion Books Ltd
Berger, W. (2003) Advertising Today. Phaidon Press Ltd.
Millman, D. (2008) How to Think Like a Great Designer. Allworth Press
McCandless, D.(2010) Information is Beautiful. Collins
Taylor, F. (2010) How to Create a Portfolio and Get Hired. Laurence King
Conway , H. (1987) Design History, a Students' Handbook. Routledge
Journals: Eye, Creative Review, Wired, Dot Dot Dot, Baseline, Design Week, Blueprint, Varoom
Websites: www.diesignobserver.com, www.welovetypography.com, www. notcot.org, www.illustrationweb.com, www.mocoloco.com, www.baselinmagazine.com
Students are assessed for four elements: Creative, Technical, Professional and Contextual skills.
All assignments are assessed at regular intervals. Deadlines are given and students are expected to meet them. Work is also externally assessed by The University of Northampton and also by an external examiner at the end of each academic year. Employers/practitioners in the industry are also invited in for critical feedback.
At the end of the second year, students exhibit their work in the end of year 'Creative Show' which is open to the public, prospective employers and local media.
Studios with individual and group workspaces, Mac suites and access to wide range of practical studios. Learning and research resources including Virtual Learning Environment linked to the library resource centres.
Methods of study
- Projects and assignments - staff initiated/external including
competitions and live briefs
- Self-initiated projects
- Seminars, critiques, discussion as part of studio learning within media teaching as well as extending theoretical applications
- Lectures, whole group teaching, practical activity, small group practical skill workshops and demonstrations
- Enrichment activities - trips and visiting speakers
- Group and individual tutorial
Third year 'top-up' to BA Graphic Communication at The University of Northampton . Employment in graphic design, photography, multimedia, publishing, fashion design, website design, product design, packaging design, animation, games development and design, TV graphics or freelance graphic design.
Work placement opportunities
The college has links to employers in the industry for work experience opportunities. Many of the assignments are linked 'live-project' work - creating design work for businesses, charities, organisations and also include 'in-house' marketing materials.
Study abroad opportunities
Residential trips as part of enrichment are included in the course.
For undergraduate application information please see our how to apply page.
Fees quoted are for home and EU students commencing their course in the academic year 2013/14. Tuition fees are payable for each year of the course. The fees are subject to annual increases in subsequent academic years.
Full time fees
Part-time fees£1000 per 20 credit module
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.
For further help for international students please see our international students pages.