The course encourages creativity, experimentation and risk-taking but blends this with a strong emphasis on vocational skills and preparing students for employment. Each project that students undertake has a real-world context, with either fictional or actual clients, audiences and problems to solve.
A 'careers spine' is introduced in year 2, along with placement opportunities, and year 3 has a dedicated five-week module where students research the industry, prepare an employment strategy, develop a brand identity for themselves and apply this to CVs, business cards, social media and digital portfolios.
We have a network of over 100 professional design studios that students can be put in touch with, and we consult with them to ensure course content is industry-relevant and up-to-date.
This means the majority of our graduates find regular paid employment in the creative industries within a year of leaving university. As well as becoming graphic designers, our graduates land roles as digital designers, art directors, UX designers, motion designers, marketing executives, social media managers, account handlers, strategists, researchers and academics.
Positions tend to be permanent, full-time and salaried. As your career progresses, so does your pay:
- Junior: £17,000 to £25,000
- Middleweight: £21,000 to £40,000
- Senior: £30,000 to £55,000
- Director: £50,000 to £100,000
Here are just a few of the world-leading design agencies our graduates have worked for:
M&C Saatchi | Future PLC | SEA Design | Snask Stockholm | Webb & Webb |
Jones Knowles Ritchie | Bond & Coyne | Leo Burnett Sydney | DesignStudio |
Pearlfisher | Koto Berlin | Together | Buck Los Angeles | Mother Design | TCO |
Superunion | SomeOne | One Rise East | Design Bridge Amsterdam
Where could a graphic design career take you?
Industry Liaison Day
Mid-way through the final year, we invite professional designers from our network into the studio to see student portfolio presentations. Students will typically present to six to nine designers throughout the day during three separate sessions. Afterwards, not only do they feel more confident in their abilities and fully prepared for real-world interviews, but many will walk away from the day with business cards and offers of internships.