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BA (Hons) Graphic Design

BA (Hons) - single

School of Arts

What will you study
You will develop the technical skills and confidence to meet the increasing demand for expansive graphic designers who are able to work across sectors to solve complex communication problems. You will learn about print, letterpress, bookmaking and 3D design, and you’ll use the latest technology and Adobe software. You will develop a reflective approach to your work and an understanding of how your work impacts society, working alongside fine artists, photographers, film and media students.

What's next
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 the edges of your chosen profession.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years
  • Part time: up to 6 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Work on live projects with external clients, collaborate with industry partners and benefit from an exciting visiting speaker programme.
  • Develop reflective, critically acute thinking, which will be evident and integral in your approach to your work and how it can impact on contemporary society. 
  • Work alongside Fine Artists, Photographers, Film and Media students and benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to your development.
  • Enjoy a wide range of workshops available, including print, letterpress, Bookmaking and 3 –D, through to the latest technology and Adobe software.

Year 1 offers an introduction to the theories, practices and processes associated with the discipline of Graphic Design, providing a solid grounding for years 2 and 3.

Year 2 focuses on personal exploration, application and developing the personal voice - risk taking is encouraged, established languages and processes are challenged and disrupted and innovative and imaginative solutions are created.  Students are encouraged to seek out their individual interests as work in teams.  

The final year allows students to consolidate their practice and prepare for either employment, self-employment or further study.  Creativity, critical thinking and complex problem solving are transferable skills that cross disciplines and significantly contribute to employability. Teamwork continues and students are encouraged to develop projects based on their own career planning.

Year 1

All modules in Year 1 and the final year are compulsory.
There is an emphasis on the relationship between theory and practice, and how they complement and inform each other.

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

As our courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Years 2 and 3

Year 2

Critical Thinking: Design & Society

Design Practice: Integrated Projects 1
Design Process: Issues, Ethics and Social Responsibility
Design Practice: Integrated Projects 2
Design Practice: Illustration 

Design Practice: Branding & Identity
Design Practice: Information Graphics
Design Practice: Motion Graphics 

Year 3
Final Negotiated Practice
Entrepreneurial Practice
Professional Practice   

As our courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Study abroad


Free language courses for students - the Open Module

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.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Industry links

Students benefit from visiting industry professionals, industrially recognised competitions and live projects with real clients. Throughout there is an emphasis on embedding skills required to work in the creative industries.

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.

Teaching and learning

The work students produce is project-led and practice-based, working within a studio environment that emulates industry methods, exposing students to the creative challenges and pressures of the professional world.  Teaching is enhanced by visiting industry professionals, industrially recognised competitions and live projects with real clients. 

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2019/20: £9,250

Home/EU - part time fee: 2019/20: £750 per single module

International - full time: 2019/20: £13,410

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.

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC or equivalent

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

IB Diploma: 30 points


Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offers quoted for each subject.

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

Applicants are offered places through:

  • a portfolio review (the portfolio should comprise a range of art and/or design work)
  • an interview with a member of staff from the programme.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard 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.

How to apply

International applicants

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

Oxford Brookes operates 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.

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