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Graphic Design (Work-based)

BA (Hons)

Top-up degree

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
School
Bath School of Art and Design
Campus or location
University Centre Weston
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
One year full-time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: W214
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have successfully completed a Bath Spa University Graphic Design (Foundation Degree).

Applicants who do not hold a Bath Spa University Foundation degree in Graphic Design may still be considered.

View typical offers for more information.

Develop your creative and business skills for a successful career in graphic design.

  • Manage a touring exhibition of your work from concept to implementation.
  • Undertake a ‘design for social impact’ project which will enhance your employability.
  • Develop essential professional skills including management, marketing, negotiation and finance.

This Graphic Design course prepares you for a career as a graphic designer, improving your prospects within the creative industries. We’ll enhance your commercial awareness and professional experience of the graphic design industry. You’ll develop strong creative and business skills, and the work-based nature of the course allows you to apply these within the workplace or set up as a freelance practitioner.

Our creative arts department offers extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary working, widening the outlet for your creative skills beyond the traditional remit of graphic design.

“I enjoyed every minute of my time at Weston College and am so grateful for everything I have achieved. The course gave me experience pitching to and working with real clients and helped me to get out into the ‘real’ design world.”

Lucy, graphic design graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

The course’s vocational focus means you’ll spend a significant amount of time in the workplace, gaining experience, managing projects and developing strong commercial skills. You’ll become a creative and innovative practitioner, with a strong understanding of marketing strategies so you can promote your work.

Through a research project, you’ll develop appreciation of the role of design in modern society, and explore ethical and cultural issues. Throughout the year, you’ll work with your classmates to plan a final showcase of your work which will take the form of a touring exhibition. You’ll manage the exhibition as a business group, from concept to implementation, taking responsibility for all aspects of the delivery.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through portfolios, presentations, business planning, journals, project proposals, and a final exhibition.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and work-based learning. We also make use of visiting practitioners to deliver guest lectures and workshops.

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have worked with clients such as the NHS, Parent Connection, and the National Autistic Society.

Careers

Graphic Design BA (Hons) graduates have been employed as designers by companies including Aardman Animations, Dyson, Amazon and Mubaloo.

Competitions and awards

We’ll encourage you to participate in exhibitions including Paintworks in Bristol and New Designers in London. Our students have won awards such as the Sky Creative Award, the Design Council’s Future Pioneers Award and the BDC New Designer of the Year Award.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught at University Campus, University Centre Weston, where you’ll be allocated your own dedicated workstation in our specialist studios, which is equipped to a high standard and yours to use throughout the year. You’ll also benefit from access to exhibition space, darkrooms and digital facilities.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £7,950
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of successful completion of a related Foundation Degree/Higher National Diploma or equivalent with an average grade profile of 50% or above. External applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of creative work.

Typical offers

You will be expected to have successfully completed a Bath Spa University Graphic Design (Foundation Degree).

Applicants who do not hold a Bath Spa University Foundation degree in Graphic Design may be considered as follows:

  1. There is evidence of curriculum matching of the learning outcomes of the course with those of the Bath Spa University Foundation degree in Graphic Design.
  2. Produce a portfolio of evidence demonstrating relevant and recent work experience equivalent to Foundation degree level.

All applicants to the programme will normally have achieved a minimum average grade profile of 50% in year 2 of their Foundation degree or equivalent qualification.

Applicants may be invited to interview.

It is a condition of entry onto the programme that all applicants will have secured a suitable work-based learning setting* by the time of admission. The suitability of the work will need to be agreed with the programme leader.

* Applicants will need to be employed or self-employed within some aspect of the creative industries either working as an employee for a creative company relevant to individual practice

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Your portfolio should consist of a selection of creative work alongside an example of your written work, which should be a contextual analysis of approximately 1,000 words. Your creative work should demonstrate how your skills and ideas have developed over time, and your creativity and personality should be evident. The portfolio could include drawings, paintings, sketchbooks, design development, written notes etc. Remember that you are not submitting everything you have done, but a selection of what you consider to be your strongest work.

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