School of Art, Design and Architecture

BA (Hons) Graphic Design with Typography

Develop innovative ideas and concepts in response to design briefs, and creatively solve design problems using words and typography. With employers placing great emphasis on graduates having typographic knowledge, you’ll stand out in the job market. Good graphic communication relies on the important relationship between type and imagery... Or maybe type can be the image?

You’ll develop your knowledge and develop yourself by taking advantage of a learning environment that includes open plan studios with a 360 degree view of Plymouth, a city at the heart of art and culture in the South West. You’ll also get yourself prepared for your dream career: our graduates finding creative fulfilment working for companies such as Leo Burnett, DesignBridge and The Times.

This course (formerly BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography) is available for September 2020 entry

See BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography for entry in September 2019.

Key features

  • Prepare yourself for your dream career: our graduates finding creative fulfilment working for companies such as DesignBridge, Leo Burnett, Snask, IBM and The Times.
  • In your final year you can choose a specialism to match your interests and career goals with options that relate directly to the design industry. Choose from identity and branding, editorial and publishing and Information design.
  • Draw on support from committed tutors with long-term industry and academic experience.
  • Fly high and join alumni and current students who have won national and international competitions.
  • Engage with live client briefs, giving your creativity real-world impact.
  • Explore our range of resources including printmaking workshops, photographic studios and Apple Mac workstations complete with the latest Adobe CC software.
  • Develop your knowledge and develop yourself by taking advantage of a learning environment that includes open plan studios with a 360 degree view of Plymouth, a city at the heart of art and culture in the South West.
  • Have direct contact with prestigious visiting speakers such as Jonathon Barnbrook, Michael Johnson and Angus Hyland. Get feedback on your work from practicing graphic designers during our ‘Industrial Liaison Day’.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

96 - 120

A level
A minimum of 2 A levels, General Studies accepted.

International Baccalaureate
28 points.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
DMM.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All access courses
Pass a named Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferably art and design or combined), with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction.

GCSE
Mathematics and English Language grade C.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

English language requirements.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

An interview and portfolio presentation are required for entry onto this course.

See our portfolio advice for further information.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Award options with BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography

Enhance your distinct voice by choosing a design industry-related specialism in your final year. Choose from identity and branding, editorial and publishing and information design.

Discover your final year study options

Career opportunities with BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography

Being a graphic communicator can be a dream job. The course has enabled students to get work as designers in great places, locally, nationally and internationally.

Find out about where this course could take you

Video: Lauren-Jean Ratcliffe, BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography

In a video produced by PlymUni TV Arts students, Lauren-Jean speaks about her time on her course and her choice to look at the Syrian Civil War as her final major project.

Graduate case studies

Teaching expertise with BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography

With strong links to the University’s research centres, staff with years of industry and academic experience, and world-class visiting lecturers, your learning will be shaped by the very latest research and innovations.

Discover the course’s range of teaching methods


Portfolio advice with BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography

The graphic communication with typography course requires all applicants to present their portfolio, bringing with them an up-to-date portfolio of work.

Your portfolio should demonstrate originality, depth of learning, evidence of engagement.

Get some hints from the programme lead about your portfolio


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