Careers in Graphic Design

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Who will you become?


A Graphic Designer creates designs for logos, packaging, brochures, catalogues, magazines, websites, and even fabrics. Your day might involve discussing a design project with a client, developing design ideas through research and brainstorming with colleagues, preparing sketches and layouts, suggesting the most effective production methods, presenting design ideas to clients, receiving their feedback and if necessary, altering the designs accordingly. You might work in a business or creative agency, or contract as a freelancer.

This career is about finding effective design solutions and inventive problem-solving. You could also work on illustration and animation or digital design projects, depending on your skillset.

The Bachelor of Design is a three-year degree, where you'll design and create publications, packaging, logos, illustrations, typography, and other print-based projects, and learn practical skills working on a Mac computer with industry-standard software. In your third year, you will have the opportunity to work in the industry, develop quality projects for your portfolio and display this at the end of year exhibition. Your study in Media Arts will be project-driven and involve collaboration with students from outside your field. You will gain insight, skills and techniques from other Media Arts disciplines and graduate with the ability and networks to apply those collaborative methods to your professional practice.

Your tutors are active researchers and experienced designers. They regularly exhibit, present at conferences and are members of professional organisations relating to design.

If you don't meet the entry criteria for the degree, the Certificate in Media Arts is a 20-week introductory programme that delivers the basic knowledge and skills to prepare for a creative career. The programme includes generic study skills as well as specialist skills in visual arts, music or communication. If you successfully complete the Certificate, you will be eligible to compete on merit for entry into the Bachelor of Design programme.

Design enthusiasts still at school might be interested in our one day STAR taster courses in Photoshop or Illustrator. You can also come in as a student-for-a-day', which offers the opportunity to sample the Media Arts environment and teaching style before enrolling, or a book a tour to see our facilities.

We also offer short courses in Photoshop and Illustrator. These are often run over 4 evening classes, and are ideal for professional development.