BA(Hons) Graphic Design

Course TitleBA(Hons) Graphic Design
QualificationUWE Bristol Bachelor’s Degree
Credits360 UK Credits (180 ECTS)
Duration3 Years, Full-time Study
Entry RequirementsStated in the text below
Language of InstructionEnglish
Tuition Fees€6950
State GrantUp to €3417
Next Start DateOctober 2019

Course Insight

Graphic design, in its many forms, makes an increasingly powerful contribution to the cultural and economic life of contemporary society. It exists in the public domain, is an indicator of current cultural thinking and is a catalyst for social, cultural and political change. Our BA(Hons) Graphic Design explores the changing concept of graphic design and the role of the graphic designer in society and the professional world; designer as curator, author, craftsperson, editor, educator, collaborator, and agitator.

The course provides excellent preparation for a creative career in the UK and abroad. Many of our graduates establish their own freelance businesses or independent design companies.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching is through projects, lectures, seminars and group and individual tutorials. You will engage with self and peer assessment, collaborate on projects and contribute meaningfully to your peer group. Throughout the entire course, you will attend lectures and seminars with students from across the department in order to develop a rigorous critical and analytical approach to your own work and the work of others. This also fosters a culture of collaboration between disciplines which is very valuable to you when you leave university. On completion of the course, you should expect to be fully aware of the business and working processes in your chosen area of creative practice.


A variety of assessment methods are used including projects, essays, group/visual presentations. There are no exams. You will engage in written critical evaluation of your work where you will be expected to critique and analyse your work and relate it to the broader context of graphic design practice. Marks from modules at Years 2 and 3 will contribute towards your overall degree classification.

Enrolment and Duration

This is a 3-year full-time programme comprising of 12 modules. Each academic year commences in early October and runs for a period of 32 weeks. Students may enroll up to 2 weeks before the course starting date, however, early enrolment is advised as places are limited.

Entry Requirements

Due to the creative nature of the course, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We may make different offers where appropriate to candidates who have a strong portfolio, or substantial relevant work/other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course. In your application, please give full details of any relevant work experience and qualifications (including modules and units).

Candidates must also be at least 17 years of age by 1st September of the year they wish to enter onto the course and must hold a Secondary School Diploma or Foundation Certificate/Diploma or equivalent. Candidates will also be required to be proficient in the English Language.

Graduation Requirements

To achieve the BA(Hons) degree in Graphic Design, you must complete all modules (360 credits). If for any reason, you are unable to complete the full course you may qualify for a Certificate or Diploma providing you have completed the minimum number of required credits.

Where Next?

The course provides excellent preparation for a rewarding freelance career or studio work in graphic design. Our graduates have found employment in varying fields including advertising agencies and magazine companies. Graduates wishing to further in their graphic design education will already have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge, gained on this course, to be able to comfortably advance their studies at postgraduate level.