Graphic Design BA(Hons)

Graphic Design_Main
UCAS Code
W214
Location
Falmouth Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350

Join us for a learning experience that's a springboard to a well-respected career in design and the exciting world of the creative industries. You'll discover how to generate great ideas and develop the skills to make, execute and deliver them.

Through traditional means and dynamic digital media, you'll study both the foundations of the subject and more specialist fields, where craft, strategy and integrated thinking encourage you to tackle the challenges facing us today. You'll grow through studio projects, collaborative experiences, critical writing, real briefs and placements, which will allow you to refine your own direction and voice; ensuring you're fully equipped for future professional life. You'll develop as an individual to see the world with fresh eyes, leaving Falmouth ready for an ever-evolving global industry, and with a passion for design rooted in innovation. 

Benefits

  • Study trips to major studios
  • Live briefs and workshops from leading designers
  • Placement opportunities
  • Showcases at D&AD and the Royal Society of Arts
  • Dedicated new studio space

Fees, Costs and Funding

Tuition fees 2018-19

£9,250 - full-time UK/EU

£15,000 - full-time international

Typical course costs

£540 - Recurring annual costs

£260 - One off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)

£2,750 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration

Additionally, if you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Funding

For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page

How to Apply

You'll need to apply via ucas using University code F33, and course code W214 

For detailed information on the application process and entry requirements, use our application guidance.

Successful applicants will then be invited to attend an interview. For details on what to expect and how to prepare, read our course interview information.

Deadlines

All UK/EU applications must be made through UCAS by 15 January. Late applications will be considered if there are places available on the course.

International fee payers may apply after the deadline but are encouraged to apply as early as possible, to have plenty of time to make visa and travel arrangements.

Course-specific tasks

This course requires all eligible applicants to attend an interview and show a current portfolio of work. Applicants who are based outside of the UK may request an online interview. Take a look at our portfolio advice

Once you’ve applied, we’ll email you with a personal login for the Falmouth Applicant Portal where you'll see more information about these requirements.

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator
 
Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page
 
English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.
 
If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page
 
Enquiries
Our Applicant Services team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.
 
+44 (0)1326 213730
Online enquiry form
falmouth.ac.uk/apply

How the course is taught

Weekly group tutorials, seminars and regular individual tutorials will provide the platform for feedback; presenting work in progress, developing your confidence in discussing your work and contextualising the role of design within society.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
134%66% 0% 
231% 69% 0% 
325%75% 0% 

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     
10% 0% 100% 
20%0% 100% 
30%0% 100%

Course outline

The course has been carefully developed and evolved to optimise your growth and development over three years. This allows us to update course materials and react to industry and global communication issues, so that you are engaging with highly current skills and debate.

Focused around a vibrant studio-based experience, and taught by dedicated and practising staff, the course covers important design themes with an emphasis on live briefs and industry exposure.

What you'll do

Year One

You’ll be supported by our course team to establish the core competencies of graphic design, learning how to approach design and tell a story visually. Workshops, assignments, peer critiques and reviews will help to shape your confidence and capabilities, while lectures and seminars from both resident staff and visiting speakers boost your understanding of the discipline.

  • Graphic language and communication - introduction to visual language
  • Design process - understanding the route to final design outcomes
  • Difference & identity - working from the needs of others
  • Narrative - how to tell a story visually

Year Two

The central part of our course introduces you to the professional world in greater depth through skills and project-orientated tasks, to help prepare you for your final year before graduation. You'll begin to grow more deeply as a designer, building individual reflection on professional ambitions.

The 2nd year also includes study trips, usually to London or Amsterdam. These feature designer-led workshops and studio visits to the likes of Pentagram, GBH, Fitch, Mother and Trapped in Suburbia.

  • Consumerism - branding and communication in the real world
  • Typography - developing typographic skills and appreciation
  • Design directions - approaching practice independently
  • Collaborative practice - live briefs from designers

Year Three

The final year focuses on intense project work, industry-facing events, a dissertation and professional practice workshops to ready you for life after graduation. The events provide a platform for you to showcase your material and include exhibiting at D&AD New Blood, as well as our own exclusive show at the Royal Society of Arts. Both these and our design networks help you to target studios or consider postgraduate study to support your future ambition.

  • Journeys - developing studio projects
  • Dissertation - critical writing
  • Destinations - concluding studio projects and portfolio
  • Transitions - tools to support your move into professional practice

Facilities

  • Large, open-plan, dedicated design studios
  • Design lab featuring traditional and digital production equipment
  • Photography and audio space supporting stills, moving image and sound
  • Mac desktop and laptop computers with professional software
  • Extensive library facilities including thousands of books, DVDs, magazines and journals

Take a virtual tour of our facilities

Staff

Our dedicated staff, award-winning designers, associate lecturers and technicians are on hand to support your learning. Highly specialised practitioners in both traditional and digital fields, many of our team are invited to judge professional design awards and frequently contribute to books and publications.

We also offer an enviable network of contacts, which enables students to link with leading proponents of the subject. Most importantly these global connections are continuously being nurtured and developed, allowing the course to maintain its currency in content and opportunities to launch graduate careers

Assessment

  • You'll be given a series of varied design briefs throughout your course
  • There is an ongoing policy of review and feedback every week with staff and other students, while formal assessment is twice yearly
  • In year three you will also write a dissertation and exhibit your work for assessment as part of a final year show

Careers

  • Work as part of a design consultancy
  • Set up your own consultancy or work freelance
  • Careers in multidisciplinary design consultancies or as specialists within the areas of packaging design, branding, advertising, television graphics, interactivity, exhibition design, magazine and book design, and animation

Work placements

The course works hard to provide work placement opportunities for our students. Here are just a selection of our typical work placement design contacts:

  • Mytton Williams
  • Biles Inc
  • Nixon Design
  • ASHA
  • Smith & Milton
  • B&B
  • The Partners
  • Springetts
  • Open Agency
  • Bisqit
  • Lush Design
  • Thomas Matthews
  • Brand Union
  • Oakwood
  • Unreal
  • Fitch
  • Music
  • The Chase
  • Lewis Moberly
  • Turner Duckworth
  • Design Bridge
  • Bow & Arrow
  • Sparks

Student mentor scheme

Falmouth's student mentor scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet.

Our mentors can be reached on the Graphic Design BA(Hons) Facebook group

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for LGBTQ studentsdisabled studentsmature studentsinternational students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk