Liverpool John Moores University Graphic Design and illustration

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Liverpool John Moores University Graphic Design and illustration

About your course

The BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Liverpool John Moores University has a well established reputation for developing innovative designers and illustrators, highly sought after by employers in this exciting but competitve sector.

  • Diverse range of graphic arts covered including graphic design, illustration, printmaking, photography, animation, motion graphics and interactive design
  • You will have opportunities to work with local and national design studios on collaborative projects and industry workshops
  • ‘Live’ team projects with disciplines within the School, local musicians, charities or retail outlets
  • Opportunities to enter design competitions and attend freelance events
  • State-of-the-art facilities in the RIBA award-winning, Stirling Prize-nominated John Lennon Art and Design Building

Liverpool John Moores University Graphic Design and illustration

Course details

This BA (Hons) course isn’t just about graphic design and illustration, it encompasses animation, multimedia, interactive design, motion graphics, printmaking and photography.

Modules are designed to be flexible so you can specialise in either graphic design or illustration early in the course or take your time deciding while you get a feel for different art forms.

This means that you will be working in a highly creative and stimulating environment where craft-based skills flourish alongside new technology using a variety of traditions including drawing, typography, image making and inventive approaches to new media. Even the John Lennon Art and Design Building, where the School is based, is considered a work of art, having been nominated for the prestigious Stirling Prize.

Our close links with the North West design industry have resulted in student placement schemes with local design studios and ‘live’ collaborative projects which are essential preparation for your design career.

This course has a reputation for excellence and we are proud to have produced some of the country’s most innovative and respected designers and illustrators. They include Paul Pensom, who is current Art Editor at Creative Review; Joe Stottard, a designer at Adidas in Germany; Malik Thomas-Smeda who was recently commissioned by the National Football Museum in Manchester; Kirsty White, who won first prize in the national 2010 Penguin Book Design Awards; Luke Sanders, who designed the 2009 D&AD Annual which was art directed by the world-renowned Peter Saville; Katy Foster whose final year project was featured in the book Data Flow 2 – Visualising Information in Graphic Design and Owain Bentley, whose final year film was shown at Glastonbury.

Additional opportunities available outside of the studio include study trips at each Level (typically to Manchester, London and Berlin) and the prestigeous Susan Cotton Travel Awards and Sue Dunthorne Travel Bursaries, that give students opportunities to undertake overseas trips for personal and professional development.

Liverpool John Moores University Graphic Design and illustration

Assessment and feedback

Most of your assessment will be in the form of a portfolio of finished work, with a progress file, sketchbooks and worksheets, and you will be expected to write some essays, reviews, proposals and reports.

You will also have to produce a personal development plan folder, CV and/or blog. Practical work accounts for 75% of your marks and 25% for written work.

Constructive feedback is vital in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work. It is provided verbally during reviews and critiques of practical projects, and in writing for interim reviews.

At the end of the academic year, you will receive written feedback with an indication of your marks and within three weeks of submitting work, although this may take longer if the marks go through an external moderation and approval process.

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
T: 0151 231 5175
E: APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk