The course prepares you to not only inhabit the graphic design profession as we know it today, but also to wonder about, and be ready for, what it might become
Year 1 (Level 4) is about core skills and finding the right pathway for you. The first semester will allow you to explore both graphic design and illustration, before choosing one to specialise in for the rest of the course. Teaching encourages creative thinking, the generation of ideas and problem solving, with hands-on workshops in software, typography and printmaking.
- Visual Communication (45 credits)
- Graphic Design Essentials Part 1 (45 credits)
- C&CS Level 4 Graphic Design and Illustration (30 credits)
Year 2 (Level 5) focuses on professional projects, emphasising commercial constraints and expectations. It includes high-profile live projects which allow you to develop a real understand of what employers expect. Students also explore areas like digital design, interaction, and motion graphics.
- Graphic Design Essentials Part 2 (45 credits)
- Graphic Design Professional Development (15 credits)
- Graphic Design Live Projects (30 credits)
- C&CS Level 5 Graphic Design and Illustration (30 credits)
The final year is focused around building a professional portfolio with the chance to enter the best student competitions, as well as developing your own interests. It is intended to provide an experience from which you can emerge as a work-ready creative. The staff team are nationally and internationally recognised designers and illustrators who bring their research and professional interests directly into the student environment.
- Graphic Design Advanced Practice Part 1 (30 credits)
- Graphic Design Advanced Practice Part 2 (60 credits)
- Graphic Design and Illustration L6 Degree Essay (30 credits)
You will be expected to meet additional costs which may arise as a result of materials, art supplies and consumables you may need for your projects, as well as printing and copying services and other types of services and consumables. Their list and the amount of costs depends upon the requirements of your course and the nature of your projects. Additionally during your time at BHSAD you may be recommended to visit museums, art galleries and other venues as part of your learning and there may be a cost for such visits which you should also budget for.
Below is the list of materials and supplies which BHSAD students use most frequently and which are likely to be among those you may need:
A3 or A4 hardback sketchbook, A2 or A3 portfolio case with ringbound plastic sleeves, HB pencils and rubber, UHU glue, Pritt stick, PVA glue, small lined notepads, spray mount, masking tape, sellotape, double sided tape, invisible scotch tape, scalpel with replaceable blades, basic set of acrylic paints, coloured pencils, basic set of drawing pencils, highlighter, assorted brushes, writing pen, fine line drawing pens, small plastic ruler etc.
Please note that this list is indicative and given for your reference only. Full list will depend upon your project and the range of materials and techniques which you may wish to adopt.