Graphic Communication BA (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 25/09/2018

Our Graphic Communication undergraduate is all about creatively sharing ideas. From typography to advertising, digital design to illustration, you will learn a range of techniques on this course to help you do just that. You will will given design briefs by your tutors and from real industry professionals and have the chance to work on competition briefs. Visit our Graphic Communication blog to see the latest news from the course.

Course

Highlights

  • Opportunities to work with live briefs and competitions
  • International study trips, including a term at St Etienne School of Art
  • Access to comprehensive specialist resources with technical instruction and support.

HP Laptop and software included with this course.

Additional

Information

Materials, Competitions, Events and Visits

Materials for workshops and for Masterclasses, entry to competitions associated with your programme of study, and those visits that are necessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge.

We recommend that you budget for printing costs (approximately £50 per year for laser and large format printing) and any specialist design materials that you may require (£50 or more depending on materials).

There are optional trips, both within the UK and overseas:
UK visits and Trips will cost approximately £50 per year
Overseas trips or visits will cost approximately £350 per trip

Display materials for your end of year show will cost approximately £30 per year, and if you would like off-site access to your work you can opt to pay £15 per month (student rate) for Adobe Creative Cloud and you may want to buy a laptop or desktop computer (from £400 upwards).

Course Details

Our Graphic Communication course provides you with all the skills and knowledge you will need to work in the creative industries, or progress onto a postgraduate course. You will learn through studio practice, specialist media workshops, lectures and seminars to help you understand contemporary graphic design practice. You will have open access to studios and we have excellent facilities for digital media, printmaking and photography. You will also have the opportunity to focus on typography and illustration.

As well as classroom learning and practice, this course includes a selection of design briefs. Some will be set by your tutors, some you will decide yourself and others will be real-world competitions and design awards. There will be opportunities to work on live projects, attend design conferences and undertake work experience, as well as a range of international visits. We also host visiting speakers, such as Hyperkit, Graphic Thought Facility, Atelier Works, David Pearson, Ken Garland, Alan Kitching, Stay Outside, and Roundel Design, giving you practical learning and advice from the professionals.

Read more…

Open Days

Discover your Course

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Student Story

Marvin Mudzongo

Marvin graduated in 2012 with a BA in Graphic Communication.

He is currently working on a variety of projects in the such as the St David wall mural.

He is founder of Ghostdavandal Originals, which is in the developmental stages of being set up as a Social Enterprise, delivering workshops to disadvantaged members of the community or simply inspiring individuals or social groups within the community.

Read about Marvin’s experience on the course.

Career

Career Opportunities

Our graphic Communication degree opens the door to a range of creative careers.

Our graduates are employed as graphic designers, photographers, illustrators and web designers in studios throughout the UK, Europe and the USA.

A number have established their own design companies, whilst others elect to do postgraduate study.

 

Student Story

Calum Creasey

Calum graduated from the University of Northampton with a first class honours degree and is the Founder and Creative Director of Stokedeversince, a media production company that creates film and digital content in the UK.

“One of the key skills I learnt at university was how to work alongside others; often with different ideas and opinions to your own. Having real world experiences has given me a valuable perspective for my career and helped me with running a successful business. The fantastic facilities and staff aside, your time at the University of Northampton will shape the rest of your life.”

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

0300 303 2772
+44 (0)1604 892134
+44 (0)1604 892546

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
    for study at undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at 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.

For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

 

Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

Course Content

You will have 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.

  • Creative Projects (40 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: 2DD1022
    Core Module Y
  • Professional Studies 1 (20 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: 2DD1006
    Core Module Y
  • Visual and Material Culture 1 (20 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: 2DD1003
    Core Module Y
  • Experimental Design (20 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: 2DD1019
    Core Module Y
  • Visual Studies (20 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: 2DD1020
    Core Module Y

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.



Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

  • large dedicated studio spaces
  • several Mac-based computer aided design suites
  • subsidised digital printing from A4 to A0 banner
  • printmaking facilities in one of the largest print studios in the country
  • professional photography studios with day and controlled lighting studios
  • video editing suites
Reading List
  • Bruce Mau, 'Massive Change'.
  • John Hegarty, 'Creative Philosphy'.
  • Gráfica Fidalga. 'Printing Days'.
  • Hans and Ola Rosling, 'How Not to be Ignorant About the World'.
  • Adam Sadawsky. 'How to Engineer a Viral Music'.
  • Chip Kidd, 'Designing Books is no Laughing Matter. Ok, it is'.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your Study

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

Fine Art MA

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
Foundation: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

International: £12,000
International Foundation Study Framework: £9,400

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

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Foundation Study Framework

Our Foundation Study Framework offers an exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the entry requirements for this course, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year course which includes our Foundation Study Framework.

The Foundation Study Framework will help you to develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you will need in order to successfully progress to the full award. The Foundation Study Framework provides you with a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst also studying a number of specialist modules.

Read more…


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Updated 25/09/2018

  • Our Graphic Communication undergraduate is all about creatively sharing ideas. From typography to advertising, digital design to illustration, you will learn a range of techniques on this course to help you do just that. You will will given design briefs by your tutors and from real industry professionals and have the chance to work on competition briefs. Visit our Graphic Communication blog to see the latest news from the course.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Opportunities to work with live briefs and competitions
    • International study trips, including a term at St Etienne School of Art
    • Access to comprehensive specialist resources with technical instruction and support.

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.

  • Our Graphic Communication course provides you with all the skills and knowledge you will need to work in the creative industries, or progress onto a postgraduate course. You will learn through studio practice, specialist media workshops, lectures and seminars to help you understand contemporary graphic design practice. You will have open access to studios and we have excellent facilities for digital media, printmaking and photography. You will also have the opportunity to focus on typography and illustration.

    As well as classroom learning and practice, this course includes a selection of design briefs. Some will be set by your tutors, some you will decide yourself and others will be real-world competitions and design awards. There will be opportunities to work on live projects, attend design conferences and undertake work experience, as well as a range of international visits. We also host visiting speakers, such as Hyperkit, Graphic Thought Facility, Atelier Works, David Pearson, Ken Garland, Alan Kitching, Stay Outside, and Roundel Design, giving you practical learning and advice from the professionals.

    Read more…

    Additional

    Information

    Materials, Competitions, Events and Visits

    Materials for workshops and for Masterclasses, entry to competitions associated with your programme of study, and those visits that are necessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge.

    We recommend that you budget for printing costs (approximately £50 per year for laser and large format printing) and any specialist design materials that you may require (£50 or more depending on materials).

    There are optional trips, both within the UK and overseas:
    UK visits and Trips will cost approximately £50 per year
    Overseas trips or visits will cost approximately £350 per trip

    Display materials for your end of year show will cost approximately £30 per year, and if you would like off-site access to your work you can opt to pay £15 per month (student rate) for Adobe Creative Cloud and you may want to buy a laptop or desktop computer (from £400 upwards).

    • Discover your Course

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Marvin Mudzongo

      Marvin graduated in 2012 with a BA in Graphic Communication.

      He is currently working on a variety of projects in the such as the St David wall mural.

      He is founder of Ghostdavandal Originals, which is in the developmental stages of being set up as a Social Enterprise, delivering workshops to disadvantaged members of the community or simply inspiring individuals or social groups within the community.

      Read about Marvin’s experience on the course.

    • Career Opportunities

      Our graphic Communication degree opens the door to a range of creative careers.

      Our graduates are employed as graphic designers, photographers, illustrators and web designers in studios throughout the UK, Europe and the USA.

      A number have established their own design companies, whilst others elect to do postgraduate study.

       

    • Calum Creasey

      Calum graduated from the University of Northampton with a first class honours degree and is the Founder and Creative Director of Stokedeversince, a media production company that creates film and digital content in the UK.

      “One of the key skills I learnt at university was how to work alongside others; often with different ideas and opinions to your own. Having real world experiences has given me a valuable perspective for my career and helped me with running a successful business. The fantastic facilities and staff aside, your time at the University of Northampton will shape the rest of your life.”

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at 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.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

     

    Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • You will have 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.

    • Creative Projects (40 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: 2DD1022
      Core Module Y
    • Professional Studies 1 (20 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: 2DD1006
      Core Module Y
    • Visual and Material Culture 1 (20 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: 2DD1003
      Core Module Y
    • Experimental Design (20 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: 2DD1019
      Core Module Y
    • Visual Studies (20 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: 2DD1020
      Core Module Y
      • Bruce Mau, 'Massive Change'.
      • John Hegarty, 'Creative Philosphy'.
      • Gráfica Fidalga. 'Printing Days'.
      • Hans and Ola Rosling, 'How Not to be Ignorant About the World'.
      • Adam Sadawsky. 'How to Engineer a Viral Music'.
      • Chip Kidd, 'Designing Books is no Laughing Matter. Ok, it is'.

    Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

    • Further your Study

      Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

      Fine Art MA

      Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,000
    International Foundation Study Framework: £9,400

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Our Foundation Study Framework offers an exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the entry requirements for this course, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year course which includes our Foundation Study Framework.

    The Foundation Study Framework will help you to develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you will need in order to successfully progress to the full award. The Foundation Study Framework provides you with a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst also studying a number of specialist modules.

    Read more…

*Course data provided by Unistats

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Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

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360° Tour