• Course
    Overview
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    Structure
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    Requirements
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Course Overview

Digital Design
Become highly skilled in producing digital work for marketing and promotion. Projects will include digital artwork using industry-standard software for a variety of applications and devices.

Branding
Produce innovative work that combines experimental projects and client briefs. Determine your outcomes, and the creative path you take to achieve them.

Promotion
Challenge conventional thinking by producing engaging and unique promotional designs that use traditional and digital forms of communication.

 

 

Level
Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Duration
3 years full-time or part-time
Awarding Body
University of Hull
UCAS Code
W291
Please note: our institute and UCAS codes have changed. Please see further information on our how to apply page.
Course Fees
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Units and Structure

The objective of this course is to challenge your thinking and to gain employment in the design industry. You will learn how to communicate using advertising, editorial,  typographic and website design. You will gain knowledge and practical skills in all areas of the discipline. You will also have opportunities to develop your negotiation and presentation skills, building confidence in speaking to clients. Your portfolio will reflect your individuality as a commercial and employable graphic designer.

Year 1 (Exploring possibilities)
You will demonstrate your ability to think laterally, producing work for a range of exciting projects, using a range of traditional and digital media. Study modules include: Visualisation, Historical/Contextual Studies 1, Design Processes and Theory, Computer Applications for Design, Studio Practice, Fundamental Typographic Design.

Year 2 (Building your commercial awareness)
You will apply the skills you gained in Year 1 to more commercial projects at Level 5. Study modules include: Historical and Contextual Studies 2, Studio and Professional Practice, Advertising, Brand Identity and Design, Editorial Design, Advanced Typographic Design.

Year 3 (Defining your uniqueness)
Your final year provides the opportunity to define your uniqueness as a visual communicator. You will produce work that demonstrates your skills in the production of innovative and commercially-viable design solutions.

Study modules include: Dissertation, Externally Set Briefs, Final Major Project

We also provide work experience oportunities and help students to find  jobs in the graphic design and media industry. Our guest speaker programme includes over 50 industrial practitioners. We have worked with countless clients, on a diverse range of  live projects and collaborated with regional/national work placement design companies. Our students have won awards and commendations for international competitions including D&AD and YCN.

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

One of the following:

  • 80 Ucas Tariff Points- from at least 2 GCE A Levels or BTEC National qualifications or a Foundation Diploma
  • Access to HE Diploma in an art related programme with at least 45 credits at Level 3
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria, but we would expect to see evidence of continuing academic and/or professional development and a capacity to pursue the course successfully.

If your application is successful, you may be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of design related work to demonstrate your ability and suitability for the course.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

Student Comment

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Adam graduated from University Centre Doncaster in 2008 with a 2:1 degree in Graphic Design. Since leaving education he has worked in the advertising industry where he now works as an Art Director for the world renowned agency, McCann Manchester.

Adam Kenyon BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Student Comment

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David graduated from University Centre Doncaster in 2005 with a 2:1 degree in Graphic Design. Having worked for various large brands as an in-house designer he now works as a UX designer for Mamas & Papas.

David Lee BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Progression and Employment

Learn and earn.

Students across all levels have the opportunity to gain work experience and part-time employment in the design industry. Skills in branding, advertising, editorial and typographic design, illustration and client-facing presentations fully prepare students for commercial work. Other industry entry roles include copywriter, art director, animator, UX/UI web designer, exhibition designer, packaging designer, account handler or freelancer.

Final year graduates also have the option to take their studies to postgraduate level. From September 2019, we will be offering a one-year full-time MA in Graphic Design, in partnership with the University of Hull.

 

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Student Work

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Internships

Internships offer you an opportunity to gain valuable industry experience alongside your Degree, working within a professional environment in a real-world scenario. Recent Internship opportunites taken up by our students include the following:

Doncaster Rovers Internship

Students have been given an invaluable opportunity to work in the design studio within Doncaster Rovers Marketing Department. Students will be producting designs for leaflets, posters and also online materials, such as social media headers, web headers and skins.

Combine Studio Internship

Craig Richardson runs a successful design consultancy, specialising in design and development for mobile, web and print based projects. He works collaboratively with like-minded clients to create engaging and relevant design across all media. Intern students will have the chance to produce designs for brands and client based projects. See more here.

Fellowes Internship

We currently have Year 1 and Year 3 students working in the design department at Fellowes Office Products. They will spend the summer gaining valuable experience of the processes involved in creating commercial artwork and print production.   

IKEA Internship

Year 3 students have been offered the chance to undertake a 12 week internship in IKEA’s design studio, based in Doncaster. The role includes coordination of presentations, creation of banners, posters, table talkers, boards and other graphics, as well as other internal projects. The internships offer students invaluable experience working in a professional industry environment.

Fresh Prints Internship

A company based in Doncaster that provides graphic design and print for a large number of local, regiional and national companies. Students gain first hand experience of print production processes, as well as working with real clients. See more here.

End of Year Exhibition, 2016

On Wednesday 22nd June, 2016, the opening of the BA (Hons) Graphic Design End of year Show, took place at the Point in Doncaster. The event was well attended and included members of the local/regional design and business community, as well as students’ families and friends.

A range of design work was on display, including projects based on the following: Roman gladiators, Comanche tribe, Dmitri Shostakovich, Charles Darwin, The Dark Arts, Sweeney Todd, The Great Fire of London, Famous Hauntings, Harry Houdini, Serial Killers, and Failed Space Missions. You can view the work here: End of Year Show 2016.pdf

2016-9

Live Projects

Live projects are a crucial and invaluable part of the programme. The experience that students gain from dealing with clients face to face not only builds confidence, it requires them to question the brief and to challenge their own thinking and interpretation of it. Students can provide solutions in any number of ways including branding, advertising, moving image and website design. By the end of their degree they will have accumulated a variety of design work for local, regional and national companies. Businesses have also made job offers once students have graduated, and our associated work placement programme is on-going throughout the year. Last year, we worked with:

The Hector Motor Company, Promises Ceremonial Services, Quaint Camper Company, Brittain’s Vodka, Goodminds Hypnotherapy, Claire Prestwich Beautician, Creative Cases, Louise Prestwich Photography, Oliver Legal Services, Olive May Bridal, SparkboxUK, Bishop of Sheffield, Cobweb Homeware, Copley Road Project, DixiePops, Doncaster Museum, Doncaster Chamber, Sprinkles Sweets, ICK Locks, Sixdean Music, BIS Dynamics, Hanicks Freelance Building Services, Beta Technology, tracywilson-writer.com, Ashworth’s Pet Services, Waiting-In Services, MyFirstBeats.

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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

One of the following:

  • 80 Ucas Tariff Points- from at least 2 GCE A Levels or BTEC National qualifications or a Foundation Diploma
  • Access to HE Diploma in an art related programme with at least 45 credits at Level 3
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria, but we would expect to see evidence of continuing academic and/or professional development and a capacity to pursue the course successfully.

If your application is successful, you may be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of design related work to demonstrate your ability and suitability for the course.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


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Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course full-time, you need to do so via Ucas. To apply for it part-time, you need to fill in an application form.

Ucas Code: W291

Provider Name: DN Colleges Group

Institution Code: N64

Campus Code: D

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