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Graphic Design
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Graphic Design

International Scholarships available

Overview

This course will allow you to develop your own approach to the study and practice of graphic design through a combination of brief-led and self-initiated projects. You will have the opportunity to explore a wide spectrum of disciplines, including design for print, illustration, photography, typography, animation and moving image. This will allow you to find your strengths and develop your own individual style.

We will give you the opportunity to show off your projects to the public and impress industry by exhibiting your work at the end of your final year. You can see some examples of recent work from our students here.

INSIDE/OUT

The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

You will drive your own learning and set your own targets, as you would in a real working environment. You will work alongside practitioners and on live briefs from organisations such as Harvey Nichols, the BBC, Leeds Art Gallery and the NHS.

Placement opportunities are available to you, with exchange opportunities to Hiroshima and Estonia, and through our university partnerships with the Frans Masereel Centre in Belgium and the European Exchange Academy in Berlin.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Expert careers service
  • Real-life projects
  • Specialist facilities
  • Study abroad option
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
  • Part-time study available
  • Placements
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Entry Requirements

112
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Foundation in Art and Design:
The Foundation in Art and Design with Distinction will be accepted where applicants have not achieved any A Level qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Interview & Portfolio:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details. At interview you are assessed on your portfolio (artwork or photographs of artwork together with written assignments), general knowledge and your enthusiasm for Graphic Arts & Design.

International Baccalaureate

25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Foundation in Art and Design:
The Foundation in Art and Design with Distinction will be accepted where applicants have not achieved any A Level qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Interview & Portfolio:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details. At interview you are assessed on your portfolio (artwork or photographs of artwork together with written assignments), general knowledge and your enthusiasm for Graphic Arts & Design.

International Baccalaureate

25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Graphic Design

Careers

Teaching and learning

We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you the best educational experience. This course is currently being reviewed for 2019 entry, therefore the information below is correct for students joining us in 2018/19 but there may be changes for students who wish to join us in 2019/20. The full confirmed details of the course as it will be offered for 2019/20 will be published from November 2018. Check this page from that point for details of the course you can expect to study.

This course emphasises an individual creative approach to the study of the subject and aims to train your mind, eyes and hands to respond to the potential of a wide range of creative situations, whether these are in the form of externally / internally-set briefs or self-initiated work. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.

Sample a range of approaches to the study of graphic arts and design, be introduced to the course ethos through practical demonstration and become acquainted with the course-specific and University-wide resources and facilities available to you.
Core Modules

Develop an initial understanding of the course philosophy, aims and objectives and familiarise yourself with the support services, facilities and learning technologies available.

Learn to interpret, research and develop given briefs creatively using appropriate processes, procedures and materials, then present your resolutions visually in a sketchbook.

Discover different perspectives on visual culture and develop your research and study skills so you can start critically analysing the work of other designers and artists, as well as your own work.

Working as part of a group, you will use a range of techniques, processes and materials to resolve a studio brief and present your work.

Using a range of techniques and an investigation into the language of graphic arts and design, particularly the relationship between word and image, sequence and narrative, you will interpret, research and resolve developmental studio briefs.

Demonstrate your ability to integrate practical and theoretical skills through the production of a distinct practical project and an initial critical study.

Begin to research, respond to and reflect on a wide range of visual culture, sample a range of process-led disciplines, and learn to solve specific design briefs through previsualisation and the formation of ideas. You will produce, present and evaluate a body of individually appropriate and negotiated work and will pursue an external live brief to enhance your enterprise skills.
Core Modules

Begin to understand the social, cultural, historical, professional and technical aspects of your own studio practice through the integration of both theoretical and practical study in graphic arts and design.

Using a specific brief, you will explore a range of new processes and techniques within graphic arts and design, and learn to embrace ambiguity, uncertainty and unfamiliarity to develop your own creative practice.

Propose, negotiate, research and plan a substantial body of practical work. You will present your work to staff and peers articulating your ideas and intentions, and critically reflecting on your own work and that of other practitioners.

Create artefacts using a range of processes, techniques and materials that will build a coherent, individually appropriate and critically informed body of practical work. This will include both self-initiated work and at least one live project.

You will present, critically reflect on and evaluate the work you produced in the previous two modules. You will also locate the work you have created within appropriate social, cultural, historical, professional and technical contexts.

You will be encouraged to think constructively about solutions to a specific communication problem, and will propose, present and pitch a series of approaches to the problem at hand, to your course team.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Pursue your creativity by producing a consolidated body of work and building on your work from year two. Undertake an external live project in conjunction with self-initiated work, this may take the form of an exhibition, publication, a collaborative venture or a response to a live brief. Conclude your studies with the proposal, development and production of your Final Major Project.
Core Modules

Develop a substantial body of practical work, which you will present to staff and peers, expressing your research, ideas and intentions, and critically reflecting on your own work and that of other practitioners.

Using appropriate processes, techniques and materials - both analogue and digital - you will create a coherent, individually appropriate and critically informed body of practical work, which will include both self-initiated work and at least one live project.

Present, critically reflect on and evaluate the work you produced in the previous two modules. You will also locate the work you have created within appropriate social, cultural, historical, professional and technical contexts.

Identify and undertake a final major project of your choice, highlighting the practical, creative and critical skills learned throughout the course. You will articulate the motivations and ideas behind your project and be able to recognise your practice within wider professional, cultural and social frameworks.

Aidan Winterburn
Aidan Winterburn
Senior Lecturer
Aidan is a senior lecturer in graphic design and is a writer, filmmaker and musician.
We have a wide range of students, and thanks to our equally diverse staff, we can pay real attention to our students as individuals. We pride ourselves on being really responsive to their needs.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation. See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Sketchbooks
    (Approximate cost £50. Digital files can be submitted via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE))
  • Project related site visit
    (Where trip is compulsory, costs will be covered)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Digital printing
    (Approximate cost £150-£200. Cost is optional and depends on project work. Some submissions are digital)
  • Printmaking
    (Optional and depends on project work. Approximate cost £50-£100. Any compulsory costs will be covered)
  • External hard drive
    (Optional but recommended. Approximate cost £70. Alternatively, you can back up your work using the online storage provided)
  • Course study trip
    (Approximate cost £350)
  • D&AD & AOI student membership
    (Student membership for AOI costs £76 per year)
  • Specialist individual project materials 
    (Approximate cost £100-£200)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Sketchbooks
    (Approximate cost £50. Digital files can be submitted via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE))
  • Project related site visit
    (Where trip is compulsory, costs will be covered)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Digital printing
    (Approximate cost £150-£200. Cost is optional and depends on project work. Some submissions are digital)
  • Printmaking
    (Optional and depends on project work. Approximate cost £50-£100. Any compulsory costs will be covered)
  • External hard drive
    (Optional but recommended. Approximate cost £70. Alternatively, you can back up your work using the online storage provided)
  • Course study trip
    (Approximate cost £350)
  • D&AD & AOI student membership
    (Student membership for AOI costs £76 per year)
  • Specialist individual project materials 
    (Approximate cost £100-£200)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Design Studios
    Design Studios

    Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing students to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. You will have access to architecture and construction related journals including Design Detail.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Broadcasting Place

Broadcasting Place

Broadcasting place is officially one of the world's best tall buildings (voted the world's 'Best Tall Building' in 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and is a big talking point in Leeds. Home to our arts, design, architecture and built environment courses, it provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

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