Graphic Communication BA (Hons)

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

Overview Updated 07/12/2018

Ideas and concepts are at the heart of the course with an emphasis on innovative and intelligent design solutions. Commercial, social, ethical, cultural and environmental issues are explored through live industry projects, staff set and competition briefs, confronting the stereotypical and challenging conventions of image-making and communication, whilst learning traditional craft skills and the potential offered by new and emerging technologies.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies* and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Course

Highlights

  • Opportunities to work with live briefs and competitions
  • Guaranteed paid internship*.
  • Access to comprehensive specialist resources with technical instruction and support.

HP Laptop and software included with this course.

Additional

Information

Methods of Learning

You will be taught through a variety of methods such as;

* Project briefs (staff-set/self-set /industry/competition)
* Workshops/demonstrations
* Individual and group tutorials
* Group critiques and presentations
* E-tivities/Active Blended Learning / Online
* Visiting speakers and Industry Guests
* Seminars
* Senior Lecturers, Lecturers and Associate Lecturers – this is the core team that you have contact with week in, week out. It is these lecturers that deliver the majority of your taught experience, set project briefs, assess your work and lead study visits.

Opportunities for you:

* International and National Design Competitions
* Exhibitions and Shows
* Live work with local and national Industry
* Commissions
* Work with other disciplines within the university
* Portfolio reviews and crits with industry

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 access to studios and we have excellent facilities for digital media, printmaking and photography.

As well as active learning and studio practice, this course delivers a selection of design briefs; some will be set by your tutors, some you will decide yourself and others will be real-­world design competitions. There will be opportunities to work on live industry projects throughout the course, attend design conferences, receive Industry feedback on your work and developing portfolios, as well as the opportunity to travel with us on our international cultural trips [over the last few years we have visited Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Madrid & Rome]. We regularly host visiting speakers, industry specialists and creative agencies giving you practical learning and advice from the professionals.

Read more

The Northampton Employment Promise.

*We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

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 Stories

Taylar Wong

“I really enjoyed my time on the Graphic Communication course. I went in on a bit of a whim, a last-minute decision as I came through Clearing after finally realising I wanted to study graphic design. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I think looking back over my three years at University, I’m amazed at what I managed to achieve considering the level I was at when I joined the course. The course taught me lots of things; creativity, problem solving and design skills as well as other things such as business skills and project and time management. “ Read Taylar’s story here.

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

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

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

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
    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)
    Module code: 2DD1022
    Core Module Y
  • Professional Studies 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: 2DD1006
    Core Module Y
  • Visual and Material Culture 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: 2DD1003
    Core Module Y
  • Experimental Practice 1 (Graphic Communication) (40 Credits)
    Module code: 2DD1028
    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
  • Graphic design: a user's manual - Adrian Shaughnessy
  • Know your onions: graphic design - Drew De Soto
  • The A-Z of visual ideas: how to solve any creative brief - John Ingledew
  • The art of looking sideways - Alan Fletcher
  • Design History, A Students' Handbook - Hazel Conway
  • Graphic Design: A New History - Stephen Eskilson
  • On Creativity - John Hegarty
  • Creative Review
  • Eye: the international review of graphic design
  • Baseline: international typographics journal
  • Computer Arts
  • Juxtapose
  • Aesthetica
  • Adbusters
  • Its Nice That (web)
  • Design inspiration - Design Inspiration (web)
  • Computer Arts magazine / CreativeBloq

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

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
Foundation: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

2018/19 Tuition Fees

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.

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,500
Foundation: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

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

2018/19 Tuition Fees

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

Full Time: £12,000
Foundation: £9,400 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

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 07/12/2018

  • Ideas and concepts are at the heart of the course with an emphasis on innovative and intelligent design solutions. Commercial, social, ethical, cultural and environmental issues are explored through live industry projects, staff set and competition briefs, confronting the stereotypical and challenging conventions of image-making and communication, whilst learning traditional craft skills and the potential offered by new and emerging technologies.

    We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies* and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

    *with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

    Course

    Highlights

    • Opportunities to work with live briefs and competitions
    • Guaranteed paid internship*.
    • 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 access to studios and we have excellent facilities for digital media, printmaking and photography.

    As well as active learning and studio practice, this course delivers a selection of design briefs; some will be set by your tutors, some you will decide yourself and others will be real-­world design competitions. There will be opportunities to work on live industry projects throughout the course, attend design conferences, receive Industry feedback on your work and developing portfolios, as well as the opportunity to travel with us on our international cultural trips [over the last few years we have visited Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Madrid & Rome]. We regularly host visiting speakers, industry specialists and creative agencies giving you practical learning and advice from the professionals.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Methods of Learning

    You will be taught through a variety of methods such as;

    * Project briefs (staff-set/self-set /industry/competition)
    * Workshops/demonstrations
    * Individual and group tutorials
    * Group critiques and presentations
    * E-tivities/Active Blended Learning / Online
    * Visiting speakers and Industry Guests
    * Seminars
    * Senior Lecturers, Lecturers and Associate Lecturers – this is the core team that you have contact with week in, week out. It is these lecturers that deliver the majority of your taught experience, set project briefs, assess your work and lead study visits.

    Opportunities for you:

    * International and National Design Competitions
    * Exhibitions and Shows
    * Live work with local and national Industry
    * Commissions
    * Work with other disciplines within the university
    * Portfolio reviews and crits with industry

    • *We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

      We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

      We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

    • 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.

    • Taylar Wong

      “I really enjoyed my time on the Graphic Communication course. I went in on a bit of a whim, a last-minute decision as I came through Clearing after finally realising I wanted to study graphic design. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I think looking back over my three years at University, I’m amazed at what I managed to achieve considering the level I was at when I joined the course. The course taught me lots of things; creativity, problem solving and design skills as well as other things such as business skills and project and time management. “ Read Taylar’s story here.

  • 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)
      Module code: 2DD1022
      Core Module Y
    • Professional Studies 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: 2DD1006
      Core Module Y
    • Visual and Material Culture 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: 2DD1003
      Core Module Y
    • Experimental Practice 1 (Graphic Communication) (40 Credits)
      Module code: 2DD1028
      Core Module Y
      • Graphic design: a user's manual - Adrian Shaughnessy
      • Know your onions: graphic design - Drew De Soto
      • The A-Z of visual ideas: how to solve any creative brief - John Ingledew
      • The art of looking sideways - Alan Fletcher
      • Design History, A Students' Handbook - Hazel Conway
      • Graphic Design: A New History - Stephen Eskilson
      • On Creativity - John Hegarty
      • Creative Review
      • Eye: the international review of graphic design
      • Baseline: international typographics journal
      • Computer Arts
      • Juxtapose
      • Aesthetica
      • Adbusters
      • Its Nice That (web)
      • Design inspiration - Design Inspiration (web)
      • Computer Arts magazine / CreativeBloq

    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.

  • 2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    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.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

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

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

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

    Full Time: £12,000
    Foundation: £9,400 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    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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