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Graphic Design

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2020



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years


School of Arts

UCAS Tariff Points



Our Graphic Design degree will help you to develop the technical skills and confidence required for your future career.

You’ll explore:

  • print
  • letterpress
  • bookmaking
  • 3D design using the latest technology
  • industry standard Adobe Suite software.

You will:

  • work on projects in a studio environment, emulating industry methods to prepare you for work after graduation
  • work on ‘live’ projects with external clients
  • work alongside Fine Artists, Photographers, Film and Media students and benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to your development
  • collaborate with industry partners
  • develop reflective thinking which will show in your approach to your work.

And you’ll have many opportunities to create content for your portfolio.

This course can lead to careers as designers or illustrators in branding, advertising and other creative industries.

Two students looking at drawings fixed to wall

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Further offer details

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

Applicants are offered places through:

  • submission of a portfolio of an appropriate standard; and
  • an interview with a member of staff from the programme.

If you are unable to attend in person with your portfolio, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio.

Most interviews take place between late January and the middle of March. Applicants who submit their application early may be invited for interview in December.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


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.

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.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

Year 1 introduces you to the theories, practices and processes associated with the discipline of Graphic Design. This provides a solid grounding for years 2 and 3.

Year 2 focuses on personal exploration, application and developing your personal voice. We encourage risk taking and you'll learn to challenge established languages and processes. This will help you to create disrupted, innovative and imaginative solutions. We also encourage you to seek out your individual interests as well as work in teams.  

In your final year teamwork continues and you will develop projects based on your own career planning. You will consolidate your practice. And prepare for either employment, self-employment or further study. Creativity, critical thinking and complex problem solving are transferable skills. These skills cross disciplines and significantly contribute to employability.

Student carving lino sheet

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Critical Thinking: Research skills & methods

Design Practice: Principles

Design Process: Strategies & Techniques

How to get ideas and how to develop them imaginatively is the skill of creativity, greatly sought after in the workplace.

Critical Thinking: Theory & Practice

Design Process: Context, Communication and Audience

Students learn to work collaboratively as a team.

Design Practice: Application

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Critical Thinking: Design & Society

Design Practice: Integrated Projects 1

Design Process: Issues, Ethics and Social Responsibility

Design Practice: Integrated Projects 2

Optional modules

Design Practice: Illustration

Design Practice: Branding & Identity

Design Practice: Information Graphics

Design Practice: Motion Graphics

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Final Negotiated Practice


Entrepreneurial Practice

Professional Practice

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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 methods used on this course

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).

After you graduate

Career prospects

This course can lead to careers as designers or illustrators in branding, advertising and other creative industries. Throughout your studies you will have the opportunity to work on live projects with external clients. Work will be project-led and practice-based in a studio environment, emulating industry methods to prepare you for work after graduation. Collaboration with related disciplines such as engineering, architecture and design will also be encouraged, enabling you explore to the edges of your chosen profession.

Our Staff

Dr Alexandra Trott

Alexandra teaches topics on art theory and practice, covering Modern, Postmodern, and Contemporary art.

Read more about Alexandra

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.

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Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.