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If you want to push the boundaries of graphic design, discover its problem-solving solutions and explore its ethics, you can do just that at Oxford Brookes University.
Each module on our Graphic Design BA blends design, practice and theory, and you’ll build a portfolio of work ready to start your career after graduation. We invite you to apply your talent in multiple creative and experimental ways. And you’ll find an inspiring mix of analogue and digital techniques to learn.
Live briefs with external and in-house clients give you real-world experience. With a focus on ethical practice and sustainability, our partnerships have included work with Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion. New clients each year provide opportunities to grow your professional network.
This is design with a conscience. Modules integrate the ethics of design practice. And, keeping up with the times, sustainable materials are very much part of the conversation.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Go your own way
Discover your own approach to visual problem solving. You’ll graduate with technical, critical, and conceptual skills highly valued by the creative industries.
Keeping it real
Learn how to meet clients’ needs and expectations. Respond to live briefs from the likes of WeGlimpse, Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion with your design solutions.
It’s not all digital
We want you to understand design in the round. You’ll spend time away from the computer exploring practical skills including letterpress, bookbinding and more.
Definitely planet aware
We’ll show you how to design with green credentials, how to work with recycled materials and the environmental costs of 21st century design.
Join the collective
The arts are founded on collaboration and this course is structured to create ample opportunities for you to work together, even across artistic disciplines.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
This is your destination to learn how to create, experiment and shape your style. You’ll investigate a range of design approaches and techniques: typography, animation, user experience and social design among them.
Year 1 is your general grounding in the theories, practices and processes of graphic design. Apply and develop your chosen creative strengths from a broad range of disciplines. As you push in new directions you’ll be fully supported by our in-house expertise.
With its practical modules, Year 2 is about developing your personal voice. Take risks, be a disruptor. You’ll produce innovative and imaginative solutions. And you’ll collaborate too, working in project teams drawn together from your cohort.
In your final year you’ll consolidate your practice and develop work based on your own career planning as you prepare for those next steps.
Follow the work of current students @oxford_graphics on Instagram.
Learning and teaching
Your work will be project-led and practice-based. To prepare you for the creative challenges and pressures of the professional world, you’ll work in a professional studio environment.
Teaching is enhanced by visiting industry professionals. You will have the chance to enter industrially recognised competitions. As well as work on live projects with real clients.
Assessment is 100% coursework.
Your final year prepares you for either employment, self-employment or further study. You will:
- Create a self-promotional branding package. You'll use a range of platforms and business and career planning techniques. This helps you to prepare for employment, self-employment or postgraduate study (Entrepreneurial practice).
- Respond to live and competition briefs individually or collaboratively. This enhances your professional portfolio (Collaboration) (Professional Practice).
- Produce a final practical project. You'll combine a written research project with a range of practical portfolio pieces. This allows you to display your own creative and academic voice. (Final Negotiated Project).
This broad-minded course is the right choice for multiple careers. Animation, social, digital and editorial design are among its disciplines, alongside campaign and identity design.
Our tutors and associate lecturers know their industry. Helped by them, and through your own contacts, you’ll join and grow your creative network and experience.
This course opens up a wide range of careers that includes branding consultancies, digital design, illustration, publishing and advertising. Graduates freelance for a broad sweep of sectors or are employed in design agencies or larger organisations.
You’ll find your creativity, critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills are highly transferable and contribute to your employability.
You might also consider roles such as:
- creative director
- art director
- type designer.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
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Personal laptop onto which you can install specialist software
You should allow for ongoing annual printing costs for projects, process books, and experimentation.
Whilst it is not a course requirement to have your own laptop / computer, if you do choose to do so you may wish to install Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, etc). Student discounts are available for this.
|Typically £16 per month|
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.