Graphic Design - BA Hons Degree

Course Code: VG1HE16

UCAS Code: W211


Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
13/09/2021University Centre3 Years / £8,750 per yearEnrol

Course Overview

Course timetable

Duration: 2 days a week 
Day/s of week: Mon & Tues  
Time: 9.45am -4.30pm
Indicative Delivery:  90% On-site at the University Centre Campus, 10%  On-line

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to explore and develop specific traditional craft-based design skills  and will be encouraged to apply this learning to newly acquired skills within a broad range of new and emerging technologies and media.

In the creative and digital sector and further afield, new ideas are at a premium. They are the life blood of great design, which is why we place experimentation and investigation at the heart of the curriculum and why you will be challenged to push the boundaries of design and investigate the unproven and untried.

With your broad skills, industry connections and growing self-confidence, you will graduate from this programme as a Graphics specialist, able to progress to post-graduate study and meaningful employment, where you will make a significant impact in academic, creative or other professional sectors.

This three year honours degree programme is designed to embed and develop a range of transferable and graduate skills that will prepare you for employment opportunities in a range of academic, creative and digital professions.

Blackpool School of Arts has many specialist facilities and resources including state-of-the-art photography studios, photography darkroom, 3D studio and print room. You will also have access to a unique creative environment with contemporary studios, think spaces and a stunning public gallery.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 96 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline:

  • CCC from A Levels in appropriate discipline
  • MMM from Extended Diploma or Merit from UAL Diploma in Art & Design 
  • Mathematic and English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above
  • Attendance at workshop or forwarding of electronic portfolio

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis

Qualification Obtained

BA (Hons) in Graphic Design

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Collaborative Approaches to Design PracticeVG4MD02420Mandatory
2d Digital DesignVG4MD02520Mandatory
Image Making for Graphic DesignVG4MD02620Mandatory
Typographic Style and StructureVG4MD02720Mandatory
Conceptual Thinking in Design ContextsVG4MD02820Mandatory
Engaging the ArchiveVG4MD02920Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

User Experience DesignVG5MD03420Mandatory
Animation and Moving ImageVG5MD03520Mandatory
Brand CommunicationVG5MD03620Mandatory
Editorial Layout and DesignVG5MD03720Mandatory
3d Modelling Lighting and EnvironmentsVG5MD03820Mandatory
Critical PerspectivesVG5MD03920Mandatory

Level 6 Modules

Entrepreneurial ManagementVG6MD02120Mandatory
Identity and Graphic DesignVG6MD02220Mandatory
Design Practice in Emerging FieldsVG6MD02320Mandatory
Final Major ProjectVG6MD02440Mandatory
Independent Research ProjectVG6MD02520Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification

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