Teesside University Graphic Design

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Teesside University Graphic Design

BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Illustration

UCAS code: W210 BA/GDI

Graphic designers are visual communicators who bring ideas to life. The BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Illustration allows you to build a portfolio of work in an area of your choice – from advertising and branding, to illustration and motion graphics. At Teesside University, it is a well-established and highly successful area of study and offers you a broad and dynamic experience.

Our course structure is flexible and responsive, allowing you to become a multi-skilled graphic designer or to specialise in illustration, graphics for advertising or interaction design. You undertake a general first year and have the opportunity to specialise from Year 2, based on your developing interests and aptitudes. You work in areas such as advertising, branding, illustration, typography, book arts, motion graphics, web design, interactive media, and editorial design for magazines and books. You develop your own distinctive portfolio of work, and the course emphasis is on creative ideas and adventurous solutions, combined with a high level of professional awareness and a dedicated work ethic.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Activate
  • Elevate
  • Enterprise
  • Hack
  • Storytelling
  • Workshop

Year 2 core modules

  • Analysis
  • Articulate
  • Connect
  • Iteration
  • Now in Production
  • The Thinking Eye

Final-year core modules

  • DIY
  • Initiate
  • Magnify
  • Project X
  • Studio

Entry requirements

Your offer will be made on the basis of your UCAS application, your portfolio and, if appropriate, your interview.

Year 1 entry
UCAS Tariff Points: 96-112 UCAS Tariff points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications.

Interviews
Eligible applicants are normally invited for interview. The interview is to determine each applicant’s potential to succeed and to help us set appropriate entry conditions matched to personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables our applicants to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students, and to learn more about studying at Teesside University.

Offers of places are normally made at or after the interview and we strongly encourage you to attend. If you are unable to attend, we can organise a virtual interview: you send your work to us, usually on CD, and we discuss it with you over the telephone or by email.

English language and maths requirement
Normally GCSE English language and maths at grade C, or 4 under the new grading system. Key Skills Level 2 may be used in lieu of GCSE English and Mathematics.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the requirements for admission by offering you the opportunity to study one or more Summer University modules, some of which can be studied by distance learning.

Alternative degree with integrated foundation year
If you are unable to achieve the minimum admission requirements for Year 1 entry you could, subject to eligibility, join one of our degree courses with an integrated foundation year.

Guaranteed Place Scheme (for UK/EU students only)
If you have a strong portfolio and you have completed Level 3 qualifications (for example AS Levels, BTEC Nationals) you may be eligible for a guaranteed place on an Extended degree course in your chosen subject whilst still working towards meeting the conditions required for a course with higher entry requirements. Find out more and check your eligibility.

Direct entry to later years
If you have previously studied at higher education level (for example, a foundation degree, HNC, HND or one or more years at degree level at another institution) you may request direct entry to Year 2 or year 3 of this degree.

Mature applicants
We welcome applications from mature students (aged over 21) who can demonstrate, through portfolio/written work and relevant experience, that they have developed cognitive and technical skills through their life experiences.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

Contact details

Further information