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Graphic Design

BA (Hons) Digital Arts (Graphic Design)

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

  • Games Designer
  • App Designer
  • Website Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Animator
  • Creative Director

Who is it for?

This course has a strong industry focus, exploring the contemporary aspects of digital graphic design practices and providing a route into the digital and creative industries.

In the contemporary digital environment, traditional design skills alone are no longer enough. This course will teach you how to make take those traditional skills and practices and integrate them into the digital world. We will provide you with the skills and support to launch your career as a creative practitioner in one of the many occupations available in the creative and digital industries.

On the course, you will create graphic design projects and have the opportunity to enter national competitions while using industry-standard equipment and software. Alongside your graphics modules, you will also be introduced to basic principles of photography while working with peers on both the core and photographic digital arts courses. You will learn about the central debates and discourses that inform contemporary digital art and graphic design and understand the industry in which you will work. You will learn to critically appraise your work and the work of others, constructively and productively.
 
You will have the opportunity to do a 120-hour / three-week work placement with a design agency, or media organisation or work on an industry commission. You will learn to work creatively, and problem solve in a group in ‘live’ projects and real-world briefs. Your undergraduate major project will enable you to showcase your talents and exhibit your work to the public and sector professionals.

Throughout the course, you will be supported in developing your professional profile and your entrepreneurial skills to ensure a smooth transition to professional employment.
 
All students completing the course will have a portfolio of digital work in the form of a website show to prospective employers and you will have multiple opportunities on the course to develop your network of professional contacts.
 
The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities; a typical class size is under 20 students.
 

This qualification is awarded by The Open University and delivered by University Centre Peterborough.

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What is covered?

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • Digital Asset Development (30 credits)
  • Critical Theory in Art and Media (15 credits)
  • Graphic Design Practice 1 (30 credits)
  • Introduction to the Creative Industries (15 credits)
  • Creative Practice (30 credits)

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • Graphic Design Practice 2 (45 credits)
  • Critical Practices in Art and Media (15 credits)
  • Integrated Advertising (30 credits)
  • Professional Practice and Development (30 credits) - with 120 hour work placement

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

  • Undergraduate Major Project (60 credits)
  • Developing Ethical and Professional Skills (15 credits)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

72 UCAS Points from a related subject and 5 GCSE grades C/4 or above including English and Maths. Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or admissions@ucp.ac.uk to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

For more information on EU and overseas qualifications, UCAS, accreditation of prior learning and failure to meet the entry requirements please visit www.ucp.ac.uk

Course information
Ucas Code
DARG
Location
Peterborough/Stamford
Start Date
September
Fees
The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.  Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).  There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.
Duration

Full-time: 3 years (1 day at Peterborough College and 1 day at Stamford College per week over two semesters per year).

Validated by
The Open University
Tariff points
72
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