Glasgow Caledonian University Graphic Design

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Glasgow Caledonian University Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Like all areas of design, graphic design has evolved as digital media has progressed and crossed over into most aspects of our everyday lives. Yet, the principles of graphic design have remained the same – type and imagery brought together to communicate. And, this is still very much at the heart of graphic design at GCU.

We focus teaching and learning on both the fundamentals of graphic design and the application of graphic design skills to digital outputs. The goal is to arm graduates with a strong design process that produces designs that are creative, beautiful and appropriate. Our graduates leave with a range of skills beyond traditional graphic design for print (and they can do that too). By the time they graduate they will be able to build and design websites, create animations, produce motion graphics sequences and most importantly, apply their graphic design skills to all of these outputs.

Our goal is not just to produce good designers, but employable ones. Not only can our graduates use more or less the entire Adobe Creative suite, but they have had numerous opportunities to present their work in a professional manner. Throughout the course, students pitch their work digitally to clients, design professionals, visiting lecturers as well as the tutoring staff. We begin introducing live briefs, student competitions and visiting tutors in year one and continue to engage with industry throughout.

BSc/BSc (Hons) Digital Design (Graphics)

Through studio-based projects you will realise your design goals using industry-standard software from the latest Adobe Creative Suite and you will gain the skills needed to create professional designs for digital solutions including websites, motion graphics and mobile applications. You will learn how to apply techniques and skills in user experience and user interface design to create functional and aesthetically pleasing graphics for digital products.

Throughout the programme we partner with industry experts who help deliver module content and real world or simulated design briefs ensuring that relevant and current material is covered and you are well prepared for employment.

Course Details

BSc/BSc (Hons)
2 Years
Start Date
September 2017
Full Time
Subject Area
Computing, Creative and Design
GCU Glasgow


Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university. A guide to fees at GCU.

Additional Costs

Minimum Entry Requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
Year 3 Entry Requirements

HND with A in graded unit 2 and B in graded unit 1 in one of the following:

  • HND Graphic Design
  • HND Digital Media
  • HND Visual Communication
  • HND Graphic Design for Print and New Media: Visual Communication

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio.

Portfolio submission
All applicants will be expected to submit a digital portfolio to gauge creative potential, motivation and suitability for the programme. Portfolios may be shortlisted to allow for an interview stage from a smaller pool of applications.

Programme content and structure

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Download course content here. (PDF document)

Course Documents