During Year 1, you will develop a range of computer software skills alongside the conceptual and creative awareness required to produce effective design solutions to set briefs. This will be complemented by the Graphic Design, Culture and Change module, where you will gain insight into the development of graphic design as an industry over the last century.
Year 2 focuses on applying and extending the knowledge and skills you have developed during Year 1. A range of ‘live’ and national competition briefs will enable you to generate creative conceptual solutions to challenges across both print and screen applications. The research and analysis module introduces a range of ‘methodologies’ and critical perspectives for discussing graphic design in a wider cultural context in preparation for the Year 3 dissertation. In Year 2 you are also given the opportunity to propose your own Year 3 programme of study, by negotiation with teaching staff.
Year 3 is based on the production of self-initiated graphic design project work (Major Projects), a dissertation of around 6,000 words, or equivalent research report and accompanying practical outcomes. You will also produce self-promotional material such as a website, business cards and other marketing materials (Professional Practice). The culmination of the third year of study is the end-of-year exhibition (also an assessed module).
Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here. All modules are compulsory.
- Introduction to Creative Typography
- Graphic Design, Process and Print
- Introduction to Visual Communication
- Web Design
- Graphic Design, Culture and Change
Years 2 and 3
- Professional Practice and Work Experience
- Graphic Design in Practice
- Visual Communication in Context
- Motion Graphics and Kinetic Typography
- Self-Initiated Major Projects
- Extended Research Project/Dissertation
- Professional Practice and Exhibition
Regular field trips are offered throughout the course and is also an opportunity to take part in a residential study visit each academic year. Past trips have included New York, Berlin and Krakow. The cost of this residential is not included in your tuition fee and will be charged as an additional cost. This is not a compulsory trip and you can decide to opt out if you would prefer. The cost will vary depending on the destination.
Your course tuition fee covers the cost of mandatory field trips which may occur and are a requirement of your module. Any optional additional field trips to Museums and Exhibitions for example will require an additional fee.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are studying at Swindon College as an Oxford Brookes student. Most exchanges take place in the second year.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
The cost of travel, accommodation and subsistence is not the responsibility of the College and you will be expected to cover those costs yourself. This is not compulsory or a mandatory part of your studies. The costs would be determined by where you chose to go. We currently do not have any European or International partners offering Graphic Design but we would be willing to explore the option should you choose to investigate it further.
Attendance pattern Attendance is typically expected to be two and a half days per week, thirty weeks per year.
Art and design materials are not included in the course tuition fees. You need to provide your own art and design materials to allow you to complete your projects successfully. Costs for projects can vary significantly dependent on your project and the materials used.The exact amount that you will need to budget for will depend upon the projects that you choose. The following is a guide:
Materials and equipment - £200 - £300
Final Exhibition costs - £300
Study visits, travel & gallery entrance fees - £50 - £100
The residential study visit may be in the region of £400 - £800 but this could vary according to the destination.