Graphic Design (First year taught at Carmel College)
School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - Art and Design
UCAS Code: W213
Start Dates(s): September
Three years full-time
- Pathway options for specialist study in Communication, Illustration, or Motion and Interactivity
- Consistent record of success in national competitions such as D&AD Student Awards, Roses Student Awards and YCN
- Save money on the cost of tuition and get used to the demands of HE study. The first year of your course is delivered to smaller classes at Carmel College before you transition to the University of Salford main campus for years 2 and 3 of study
- Based at MediaCityUK
- Overseas study available
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
You will learn to develop idea-led solutions, embracing the digital while preserving traditional processes of design. Through a range of workshops, seminars and lectures, this course covers a range of specialist skills in areas such as typography, branding, copywriting, printmaking, image making, bookbinding, motion design, multimedia design and app design, to name just a few.
Be inspired, think creatively, respond to change, be innovative, develop solutions, captivate, articulate, entertain and inspire! This course offers a broad experience of graphic design with the opportunity to specialise from the end of the first year in oneof three pathways: Communication, Illustration or Motion and Interactivity.
Our graduate employment profile is excellent due to the number of live briefs, networking events, exhibitions and competitions that our students undertake throughout their studies. There are many opportunities to engage with the local creative community within Manchester as well as the wider industry on a national and international level. Our prime location at MediaCityUK also fosters excellent opportunities for you to work collaboratively with students studying animation, computer and video games, journalism and broadcast technologies.
For more information on this course, please visit the Carmel College website.
Tuition Fees: £6,000
These are the fees you will pay whilst studying at the college, you will pay the standard tuition fees for the period when you are studying at the main University of Salford campus.
We support students to develop idea led solutions, embracing the digital and at the same time preserving traditional processes such as bookbinding and printmaking. Teaching is informed by research and academic staff contribute to international conferences, exhibitions, books and papers. Student learning is facilitated through a range of workshops, seminars and lectures with additional support from a team of demonstrators.
The curriculum covers a broad range of specialist skills in areas such as creative thinking, typography, branding, copywriting, art direction, print-making, image making, bookbinding, photography, motion design, design for multiple platforms, ambient media, interactive and multimedia design, editing, compositing, 3-D digital, app design, ezine and e-book design, online marketing, guerrilla marketing, viral Marketing and social media.
The graphic design course engages with a number of external activities such as Designers Northern Alliance and Hub Salford. We also have our own course blog (http://www.artdes.salford.ac.uk/our-courses/graphic-design-ba/blogs.html) with updates on activities
The course provides an integrated structure to facilitate the development of your personal practice and progress from level to level.
There is a common first year through which we aim to broaden your experience of graphic design, explore new possibilities and test your creative boundaries. Students are supported to develop fundamental skills in research and creative thinking through briefs, which introduce a range of skills and processes within graphic design such as printmaking bookbinding typography as well as software skills. You will be asked to keep a blog throughout the programme and this facilitates the development of communication skills and the ability to articulate ideas, reflect on practice and make decisions on progression to the next level and this is supported by tutors.
Students build on specialist skills through their chosen pathway in area such as copywriting, typography, branding, narrative development, time and sequence, applying their experience to undertake live and competition briefs. There is a focus on conceptual thinking and core modules support areas of cross over, all students are asked to contextualise their practice and to continue to develop digital skills. There is a focus on industry engagement at this level with networking events and exhibitions.
Students continue to refine skills with continued opportunity to engage with industry but also to develop a personal direction and line of enquiry for your work with a negotiated major project and a dissertation. You continue to articulate your practice and direction as a designer making supported decisions about your planned progression on graduation. You will have the opportunity to develop independent working skills to engage in life long learning but also are encouraged to develop experience of collaborative practice.
Semester 1 (Depending on which pathway you choose)
Semester 1 (Depending on which pathway you have chosen)
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.