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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 13450 per year
This award-winning course will give you the chance to learn about graphic design and engage with it in a way that reflects current industry practice.
You will have the chance to study the broadest range of disciplines including typography, branding, advertising,
illustration, editorial design, interactive design, animation, moving image, information design, and packaging.
The course will equip you with the professional, creative, intellectual, and technical skills you need to work successfully within the global design profession, and it is known for producing interdisciplinary graduates who are industry-ready.
By the end of the course you will have developed a professional portfolio tailored to your own career aspirations, and be ready to launch your career as a designer.
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How you're taught
Studio practice is a key element of this course, and you'll spend a lot of time in a creative studio environment. Teaching and learning experiences will include:
Assessment is 100% coursework. You will be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade. You will receive feedback throughout. Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:
Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.
Trips and study visits
Our Graphic Design students have recently travelled to New York and Berlin on optional trips, where they visited design studios and met practitioners.
Trips also offer the chance to explore museums and galleries, and gather insights and inspiration to inform your own practice and project development. Year One and Two students have recently attended the Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival at Somerset House in London.
The University is part of the Erasmus programme and has agreements with a number of partner institutions throughout Europe.
If you're thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus is a great way of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, learning a new language, and gaining a study experience which will enhance your CV. Exchanges usually take place during Year Two of your studies.
Recent exchange destinations our Graphic Design students have visited include the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
You will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final-year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.
You will also have the opportunity to take part in our final year portfolio review at the Royal Society of Arts, and to be selected to exhibit your work at D&AD New Blood and New Designers graduate shows in London, where your work will be viewed by industry.
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
Careers and employability
This course has a reputation for employment, with many graduates securing jobs at well-known design consultancies. Some choose to use their skills in other fields such as teaching and management, while others go on to set up their own business or work on a freelance basis. 95% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2015/16)
Graduates from this course are now working in areas such as:
Recent graduate destinations and job roles include:
YouFirst – working with our Employability team
Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the Internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and for up to three years after completing your course.
Links with industry
Industry professionals visit the course to guest lecture and share their experiences. Recent visitors have included:
Our students have also recently worked on live projects with Cartils, Vault 49, Hallmark and Tigerprint.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), giving you free membership during your studies. You will also have access to CSD online careers advice, guidance, and vacancies.
Work placement and internship opportunities
You'll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies. Course staff will support you by directing you towards work placement and professional practice opportunities.
Our Graphic Design students have recently gained work experience with companies such as:
You will be based in the Waverley building, a dedicated Art and Design building. Facilities and equipment include:
All of these are supported by experienced technical staff. You will also have access to the School of Art & Design's resources, which include camera stores, photographic studios, screen printing, laser cutting, and 3D printing.
Notes about fees for this course
The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.
The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.
The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.
What are we looking for?
The UCAS Tariff
In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don't worry. We've created this calculator to help you work it out.
If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.
Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can prepare for this course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus, and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.
If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.
Claudia Agyemang-Yeboah, Human Rights and Justice – LLM, (Ghana)
“The city is ideal. I’ve been to London a couple of times and frankly it is too busy and too big for me. Nottingham has a city vibe but it’s smaller and as I am based on City Campus there are so many places that you can go without having to even use transportation which economically is very good as well!”
“There are so many opportunities when you are at NTU. Take advantage of every opportunity that you have. Sign up and do something, it builds up your experience and confidence. NTU is such a relaxing, comfortable environment with so many friendly people. I’ve met most of my friends from my classes and have met people from so many places. It was a goal of mine to make friends not only from Africa, but from all over the world. The Global Lounge is a great place to meet new people, have a cup of coffee and hang out.
“It’s a good decision coming here. I’d do it over and over again. I’ve learnt a lot in so many ways. If you have the opportunity, you should really consider here. The experience has been wonderful and I’m enjoying every second of it.”
Makayla Martinez, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion, (United States of America)
"I am 21 and have changed my plans but I think it is the best decision I have made in my life. Fashion has always been my dream and since being here last year, I had never felt such a sense of belonging.
"I chose NTU because of the social side and the sense of community. This seemed so prevalent here; I have made so many friends from all over the world. There is so much to do in the city. It is so friendly and unified!"
“My main piece of advice would be to do research about the city before you arrive. Make sure you know where your accommodation is in relation to the rest of the city and where you will be studying, that is really important. I had no idea how big the city was so at the beginning it took time to find out what grocery stores there were and where was good to eat out. Research will help with this as well as not being afraid to explore and find new things. You can ask anyone for help too as it is a really friendly city."
Kamakshi Marwah, MSc Applied Child Psychology, (India)
“While applying I considered other university courses but NTU had better facilities to offer and the course offered a proper melange of theories and real world applications. I was very particular about module structure, programme-based ranking and university rankings. NTU has a prestigious reputation and the quality of learning they provide is something I considered while applying to this University.”
“Location was one of the key features of this University as you will find everything conveniently located. Another important aspect is that it is very student friendly. Nottingham has been like living a dream - it has given me a once in a life time opportunity to explore and live independently.”
“Every day has become a new learning chapter. I believe that my learning as a postgraduate student has significantly enhanced my capabilities and skills set which will help me for my future career. Postgraduate study has given me a new dimension to my career plans as I have discovered new career opportunities where I can work and give back to society. I plan to work as a counsellor or child psychologist in a school or charitable organisation and, after gaining few years of professional experience, I would also consider pursuing a PhD.”
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