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Design at Solent University

If you have your own unique visual style and want to explore a range of professional techniques, you can carve out a career in art, graphic design, web design or interior design decoration.

At Solent, we offer a range of design courses where you can study the history of visual culture in a range of contexts, and utilise a range of software to craft your creations and realise them through professional-level printing machines.

Driven by a passionate team, our art and design courses help you to develop the essential skills and industry awareness required for work in the creative industries.

For interior design decoration you will focus on surface design and decoration, spatial design and decoration, and creative styling.

With the evolution of graphic design into digital spaces you can cover everything from typography and image design to page layouts for publications, and also their application to web design, UX design and motion graphics.

The courses have strong connections with the local creative scene through our academics, and our public art gallery has been identified as a beacon of good practice in a report by the RSA on creativity in higher education institutions.

Solent offers a creative environment which gives you the freedom to explore your craft, try new ideas and techniques, and collaborate across disciplines. And to ensure you are work-ready, you can pitch for paid work with commercial clients through our in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives. Past clients include Bear Grylls, Southampton Airport and Southampton City Council.

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BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Carve out your career in design across print and digital platforms. Solent gives you freedom to explore your craft in dedicated design studios.

BA (Hons) Interior Design Decoration

With award-winning graduates and a teaching team of industry professionals, our SBID-accredited degree will provide you with the design skills to turn your vision into reality.

MA Visual Communication

Do you have an eye for design? Would you like to help influence the future of visual communications? Our MA Visual Communication degree is ideal for creatives keen to refine their practice, working as part of an interdisciplinary group of students.


At Solent there is a range of specialised facilities suited to the industries that graduates can expect to work in.

Specialist facilities 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 an Adobe Creative suite, specialist photographic studios and darkrooms, and a fully equipped workshop for metalwork and woodworking, including a Hobart laser cutter/engraver. You’ll also have access to our modern IT suites, enabling you to learn and hone your skills in a range of Adobe programs. For interior design there is specialist equipment for surface decoration, spatial design and interior styling. These include a digital fabric printer, digital laser cutter and industry-standard photographic studios. There are also large-format scanners, printing equipment and the latest PC and Mac computers, with subject-specific software including Vectorworks, Google SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite and a range of other software packages.

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