University for the creative arts graphic design

University for the creative arts graphic design

Graphic Design

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

   The discipline of graphic design is expansive – it’s used to describe a broad range of practices and processes, from the design of books and magazines to wayfinding, environmental graphics, logos, user experience design, websites, coding and processing.

Our BA (Hons) Graphic Design course at UCA Epsom is ambitious, student-led, focused, and fosters strong connections between practice, theory and industry. Our philosophy of Graphic Design is thinking through making, and our course adopts a practical and hands-on approach to the ever-expanding discipline.

You’ll participate in bespoke live project briefs and studio visits to begin networking with some of the most influential names in graphic design.

Based on London’s doorstep, you’ll be ideally situated to take inspiration from one of the world’s foremost creative hubs.

University for the creative arts graphic design

Course overview:

As a student, you’ll take a conceptual, practice-based approach to the art of visual communication, learning both analogue and digital skills such as typography, moving image and social design, within an encouraging and inspiring environment.

Taught by a core team of practicing industry professionals and supported by a broad range of visiting lecturers, you’ll have access to our full range of top-class facilities – these include letterpress, screen-printing, an Arduino maker space, and a fully-equipped computer studio with Macs and the latest design software.

Through the first year you can expect to gain all the skills and knowledge you need to establish a critical practice and enable you to specialise within your areas of interest from the second year onwards.

With a solid history of winning prestigious competitions at world-renowned institutions – including the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) – our graduates have gone on to forge successful and rewarding careers for themselves across a range of industries in roles such as editorial design, advertising, interactive design and branding.

Our team of experienced lecturers have years of experience and connections throughout a number of industries and a range of businesses, meaning that you’ll have the opportunity to network and learn from distinguished names such as Vaughan Oliver and Tony Brook from Spin, as well as take advantage of industry links with the likes of Eye Magazine, Baseline Magazine, and The Typographic Circle.

University for the creative arts graphic design

Entry requirements – 2018 entry:

As a leading creative arts university, we want to attract the best and most creative minds in the country – so we take a balanced approach to candidate assessment, taking both individual portfolios and exam results into account. 

That’s why your portfolio is an especially important part of your application to study with us – and we can help. Our academics can offer you expert advice on how to showcase your creative work and build a portfolio that will make your application stand out. More advice on how to create an exceptional portfolio is also available here.

Entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2)

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades –  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.