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About the course

Are you hoping to work and study at the point where art meets communication? Explore a range of techniques, develop your own personal style and build a varied professional portfolio here at Southampton Solent.

Graphic design at Southampton Solent University encourages students to explore a range of professional techniques and develop their own unique visual style. Students will create visual products for a range of printed and digital mediums, and explore academic theories and visual culture in the context of contemporary graphic design.

Professional development is supported by a wide range of high-end printing and design facilities. These include two Vandercook letterpresses, three screen print beds and three Intaglio/etching presses for calligraphy and etching work. Students also have access to photographic studios and darkrooms; a fully equipped workshop for metal and wood-working, and Apple Macs with the latest Adobe Creative Suite software.

The course’s teaching team come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, and many are still active in the industry. The team’s close links with practising professionals have enabled past students to take part in a variety of work-based opportunities, live briefs and placements.

Graphic design students are encouraged to submit their best work to design competitions, securing valuable exposure. Past students have found success at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Student Design Awards, the Design and Art Direction (D&AD) Awards, and the Young Creative Network (YCN) Awards.

Study abroad Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

Past students have had the chance to work on live creative briefs and exhibit work to professional design organisations. Southampton Solent’s dedicated art and design studios include a range of digital and traditional facilities.

What does this course lead to?

Recent graduates have worked as a design intern, designer, graphic designer, junior designer/artworker, junior sales designer, graphic design assistant, and many have worked freelance.

Course graduates have found roles at companies including Adjust Your Set, Imagine Publishing, David Newman Design, Tweaq Media, Gary Frost, Manchester City Football Club, House of Fisher, Esquire, Halldale Group and The Graphic Design House.

Who is this course for?

This graphic design programme is ideally suited to students from a fine art, design or illustration background who want to improve their communication skills while developing a professional portfolio.

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry W215
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are: 
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

Other costs

The 2017/18 other costs are not yet available but for guidance the 2016/17 costs were:

Compulsory: photographic paper, binding, tools, materials and study trip costs in year one - £100
Compulsory: photographic paper, binding, tools, materials and study trip costs in year two - £200
Compulsory: printing, binding, mounting, competition entry, equipment, hand tools and research travel costs in year three - £300

Optional: study trip costs in year one - £200 
Optional: study trip costs in year two - £400
Optional: study trip costs in year three - £200

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • UK applicants are required to attend a portfolio viewing.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to send an electronic portfolio and may be interviewed via telephone or video call.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Design Foundation Year

Portfolio interview requirements

Before attending your interview or sending us your portfolio, please read the following: portfolio interview information.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


83%

of students feel the library resources are good enough for their needs

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?
Contact our Ask Solent team:

Email

ask@solent.ac.uk

Call

023 8201 3039

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year One

Core units

  • Introduction to Design Process
  • Design Exploration
  • Introduction to Typography
  • Image Design
  • Digital Typography
  • Reading Graphic Design and Visual Culture

Year Two

Core units

  • Graphic Structure
  • Commercial Practice
  • App for Mobile Device Design
  • New Media Design

Options

  • Solution Process
  • Independent Project Book
  • Independent Project Print
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Design)
  • Model Your Business 
  • Curriculum Plus

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year Three

Core units

  • Professional Context
  • Final Major Project
  • Visual Communication Industry Research Project

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Key figures

90%

Assessment by coursework

10%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Nick Long academic profile Nick Long Course Leader View profile
Steve Lannin academic profile Steve Lannin Senior Lecturer View profile
Brent Meheux academic profile Brent Meheux Lecturer View profile
Brian Reed academic profile Brian Reed Associate Lecturer View profile
Chris Venables academic profile Chris Venables Associate Lecturer View profile

Facilities

Specialist facilities you will have access to include two Vandercook letterpresses, three screen print beds and three Intaglio/etching presses for collagraphy and etching work. You’ll also have access to modern IT suites, including Adobe Creative suite, specialist photographic studios and darkrooms, and a fully equipped workshop for metal- and wood-working, including a Hobart laser cutter/engraver.

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Our in-house design agency, Solent Creatives, provide students with the chance to pitch for paid work with commercial clients – past Solent Creative clients include Bear Grylls, Southampton Airport and Southampton City Council.

Your future

The course enables you to find work across a wide variety of disciplines, and gives you an opportunity to build the professional portfolio that will help you get a position in the visual communication industry.

Job prospects are wide and varied, ranging from publishing or corporate business to television, advertising and marketing.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Design consultancy
  • Publishing industry
  • Advertising - agency side
  • Multidisciplinary design
  • Web design
  • Television
  • Film and multimedia
  • Freelance practice.

85%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

85%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry connections

The course has a long history of producing award-winning students and graduates, and you’ll gain industry experience on live briefs from advertising and design organisations such as D&AD, the RSA and YCN. The course team will encourage you to enter industry competitions, and you’ll have access to guest speakers such as illustrator Holly Wales, Matt Curtis from the Sunday Times Magazine and Hamish Muir, editor of Octavo and co-founder of Outcast Editions and MuirMcNeil.

Our in-house design agency, Solent Creatives, also provides unique opportunities to pitch for commercial clients – recent examples include logo and web design work for Bear Grylls.

Placements

You’ll carry out a work placement between the second and third years of the course, with support from the University and calling on Solent’s professional ties to the industry.

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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