Graphic Design (Top-Up)

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How to Apply

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

"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 (graduate)

Why study Graphic Design (Top-Up)?

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.

Course structure

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.

Course assessment

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

Work placements, industry links and internships

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


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 and the Design Council’s Future Pioneers Award.

Teaching methods

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.

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

For more information, please contact the Programme Leader Applied Art and Design at Weston College:

Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants

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 subject 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 full or part-time or acting as a self-employed sole trader or freelancer (evidence of self-employment will need to be provided).

Applicants will need to identify a work-based mentor in order to undertake the work-based modules of the programme.

Career opportunities

List of current alumni careers

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

The programme will enable you to work in a wide range of areas within the creative industries highlighting the multi-disciplinary nature of the design industry.

Potential career opportunities include:

  • Account Handler
  • Arts Administration
  • Branding Designer
  • Corporate Designer
  • Digital Art Worker
  • Editorial Designer
  • Freelance Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Design Consultant
  • Illustrator; Project Manager
  • Promotion and Marketing
  • Teaching in Graphic Design
  • Web Designer