BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Graphic Design

BA (Hons)

Summary

Study level
Award
Part time
3 years+
Location
Online
School of Computing

Course Overview

Across practically all industries, strong graphic design talent is now essential for business to grow their marketplace visibility. So, whether you’re interested in a digital design degree, a marketing career, or even a future in illustration, this graphic design course is the best way to get your foot in the door.

Exploring everything from typography and basic image creation to more advanced digital design and animation, this course will give you the upper hand in a range of creative pathways. During your studies, you’ll also learn more about the industry itself and the ever-evolving medium of design technology. The modules you’ll study on our graphic design degree are cutting-edge and go far beyond the basics - providing you with everything you need to become a fully-fledged graphic designer in the industry you feel passionate about. 

The staff members behind this course are design practitioners themselves, so the experience you gain will be real-world and highly relevant. Learning from those in industry also gives you the opportunity to explore fields of design you may not previously have considered – so your next career move is wide open. 

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Course details and modules

On the course you’ll get creative with a broad range of digital technologies that are used within a range of exciting industries. You’ll also have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of traditional mediums, such as typography, print, and layout design. But most importantly, you’ll learn everything there is to know about universal design, and how to apply your skills to different companies all over the world.

Toby Bradley

It’s a great way to study if you’re looking for flexibility. It was challenging to balance a full-time job with my degree but once I was in a routine, it was much easier to manage everything. Online learning has actually helped me become very good with time management and given me the ability to prioritise tasks.

Toby Bradley
BA (Hons) Business & Accountancy

Modules

You have 3-9 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take up to three years to complete each level; however, many of our students complete the course in 3-6 years.

  • Typography and Image Creation
  • Design History and Critical Thinking
  • Design and Layout
  • Illustration and Animation
  • Design Vocabulary
  • Digital and Analogue Moving Image
  • Studio Practice I
  • Studio Practice II
  • Reading Images I
  • Reading Images II
  • Self-Promotion and Packaging I
  • Visualising Concepts
  • Self-Promotion and Packaging II
  • Industry Competition Briefs
  • Dissertation
  • Major Project

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work
  • Exams

Study options

This course is available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide.

Bettina Finna

Arden is for winners. Nobody will beg you to sit down and start working on your career, if you don’t do it yourself! Once you have an honest interest for what you learn, if you reach out for more, you will be welcome to be helped and advised. But to do that, you must be determined.

Bettina Finna
BSc (Hons) Psychology

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location.  

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Tuition Fee loan to pay for their course. If you cannot attend your course in person because of a disability, you may also be entitled to a Maintenance Loan to cover living expenses. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information about obtaining a student loan to cover your costs from your student finance body.

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

Our BA (Hons) Graphic Design undergraduate degree has standard entry requirements. To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this graphic design degree.

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experiences.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Cavell Ord-Shrimpton

Design thinking has proven itself as a route to solving difficult problems, because no matter how large the challenge, it keeps people and their needs at its core. When you study with us here at Arden University, you’ll learn that when designing for large systems, whether they are commercial organisations, healthcare providers, or private or educational institutions, the desires and needs of the individuals within these systems are what determines the outcome of the solutions you’ll create.

Cavell Ord-Shrimpton
Graphic Design Programme Team Leader 

Career prospects

We don’t expect undergraduate students to already have a career path in mind before starting their degree, especially as there are so many exciting career paths to choose from. Instead, we aim to prepare you with a range of universal skills that employers from a variety of organisations will value, so that you’ll graduate with the confidence to make a decision about which direction your future career should take. 

What can a graphic design degree do for me?

Our main goal is to teach the professional and multimedia skills needed for students to excel in a range of creative industries. This course will facilitate your development of unique design methods and the innovative strategies that go with them. Some of the advanced skills you will learn include:

  • The ability to research and present different graphical languages and modes to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Analysis and evaluation of design contexts
  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • Proven ability to present findings in a range of formats including essays, presentations, reports and online forums
  • The ability to work independently and collaborate within a team
  • Problem solving
  • Independent learning
  • Develop a range of transferable skills in graphic design

What can I do after Arden University?

After graduating, you’ll have a world of opportunity waiting for you! Once you’ve completed your graphic design degree, you’ll possess skills and knowledge that are in high demand, making you a vital employee to a range of different companies and sectors. Take a look at some of the roles you may want to consider in the future: 

  • Publishing (book or magazine design)
  • Branding
  • Advertising
  • Digital Moving Image
  • Motion Graphics
  • Packaging
  • Television Graphics
  • Exhibition Design
  • Animation
  • Photography
  • Marketing Creative
  • Studio Manager

Industry skills

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Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn. 

Fast-Track Your Career

At Arden University, we’re dedicated to your readiness for the future workplace, and are committed to helping you gain the skills and qualifications you need as you progress in your professional life. Our Fast-Track Your Career promise has been developed to allow you to pursue your master’s degree with us - with no tuition fees to pay - once you have successfully completed your Arden undergraduate degree course. 

On successful completion of your bachelor’s course, you can simply apply for the Arden master’s degree of your choice and you’ll then be able to progress with your postgraduate education completely free of any additional course tuition fees.

We’ll provide you with advice and guidance about which master’s course meets your career needs and provides a meaningful pathway from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

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