University of Bolton Graphic Design

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University of Bolton Graphic Design

The BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme is built on a series of diverse and challenging practical assignments underpinned by appropriate theory. These will help you develop the wide range of skills and knowledge you will need to pursue your chosen career or progress on to postgraduate graphic design study. The programme is available as a single honours or joint honours with photography.

We have a policy of continually updating and introducing new modules, ensuring your work is relevant to current industrial and international practice. For the same reason, all the staff teaching this degree are also practising professionals in their chosen fields, and we bring that broad experience to our teaching.

Most of the programme involves the creative use of graphics software, but we are also strongly committed to ideas generation and problem solving using traditional media and techniques.

In addition to your modules, you will have the opportunity to work on projects for clients from inside and outside the University. We will also encourage you to enter national and international competitions.

About the course

You will learn through a mixture of studio-based work, lectures, tutorials and seminars which will include critical evaluation of your work by tutors and your fellow students. You will gain experience of industry practices and standards by working on real projects for clients from both inside and outside the University. You are also encouraged and supported in the submission of work to many national competitions.

You will have access to the University’s unique design studio facilities and the department’s state-of-the-art computer suite and industry standard software.

All of our teaching staff are practicing professionals with extensive experience in the graphic design industry. In addition, visiting speakers from the industry give talks on different aspects of the business. We have a policy of continually updating and introducing new modules to ensure course content is relevant to current industrial practice.


Entry requirements From September 2017, 96 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) including an arts based subject.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English.

You will be required to attend for interview and provide a portfolio of appropriate work.

The quality of the portfolio/interview is the primary basis on which applicants are selected; therefore special consideration will be given to applicants without the above qualifications who have a strong portfolio.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course please consider our BA (Hons) Art & Design with Foundation degree. On successful completion of the foundation year, you may be able to progress to your chosen Art and Design subject at degree level.

Fees, funding and finance information

Home/EU Fees

Year of study
Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
2016/17 £9,000 £9,000 £9,000 £27,000
2017/18 £9,000 £9,000 £9,000 £27,000

International Fees

Year of study
Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
2016/17 £11,250 £11,250 £11,250 £33,750
2017/18 £11,250 £11,250 £11,250 £33,750

How to Apply

You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

Contact Us

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Carol Allison (Programme Leader)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903271

For general information about the university and how to apply please contact:

Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903