Start date
September 2020
Full Time: 3 years
Full Time: 3 years
Tuition fees
Full Time: GBP 6900 per year
Payment by installments is possible
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
About the course
The course focuses on the diversity of contemporary graphic and communication design practice. The emphasis is on the development of an personal approach to the discipline. We place equal emphasis on intellectual and practical knowledge, and encourage the students to engage with both traditional and contemporary media and  processes including: typography, photography, printmaking, film and video, and physical computation; and areas of application like: art direction, environmental design, exhibition design, motion graphics, editorial and self-publishing, user interfaces and user experience, and more. 

BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme is validated by University of Hertfordshire.

The course aims to provide a learning environment that will allow the students to build a conceptual, visual and technical ‘toolbox’ that will enable them to formulate and execute solutions to complex design problems. 

We encourage our students to set aside traditional disciplinary divisions, and to engage in an open exploration of the unprecedented range of methodologies, processes, and media that a contemporary designer can operate within. 

At the time of graduation students will have developed an individual approach to the field of graphic design, will be confident in their own intellectual and aesthetic decisions, and they will have the skills to promote themselves and their work to potential employers and clients

What makes the programme unique
Our tutors
Staff teaching on this course, themselves graduates from leading international art and design schools, are well regarded professionals and researchers within the discipline. Their professional insights on the current developments and their experience has a direct impact on the teaching.
An international career
The course has been designed to embrace current technological and conceptual developments within the global creative industries. We offer challenging, enjoyable projects that encourage a wide range of output, and the flexible structure of the course encourages students to explore and question the boundaries of professional practice. After graduation many of our students have been employed by prestigious international studios like Saatchi & Saatchi, Lava, and Fitch, while others have gone on to establish successful independent practices that are already making their mark on the field.
International Diploma
BHSAD graduates will receive a University of Hertfordshire Diploma that will allow them to continue studies or work anywhere in the world.
Award winning work
Our students and graduates have won many awards in many prestigious international design competitions, including Yellow Pencils and Best In Show in the D&AD New Blood Awards; Student Designer of the Year and the Graphic Design award at New Designers; success in the Student Assessments if the International Society of Typographic Design, and the YCN awards.
Live projects
Collaborations and partnerships with influential local and international brands and institutions are an important part of the course. Our students have produced work for clients like Cinzano, Roland DG, the Moscow Kremlin Museum, the British Council, and Benetton.
Rethinking craft
Our printmaking workshop introduces students both to a range traditional techniques and to the ways these might contribute to contemporary making. We always encourage our students to exercise an experimental sensibility towards processes, materials, and mixed-media making. The printmaking workshop at the school supports four printmaking processes: screenprinting, relief, intaglio, and monotyping.
Think it. Make it.
The course believes that students should be able to use any processes and technologies they feel their project work may require. Within the school our students have access to animation, sound, and video editing suites; photography studios and darkrooms; ceramics and printmaking facilities; large format digital printing equipment; as well as woodwork and metalwork workshops.
Hardware & Software
All the computers in our digital design labs have access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which gives students the opportunity to learn and use key industry standard applications like InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and AfterEffects. Specialist technicians, including qualified Adobe Certified Instructors, are available to support the students in making the most of the software.
Learning resources
The Learning Resources Centre at BHSAD is the perfect place to study. It offers access to a broad range of specialist books and journals, DVDs, videos, slides, and all the electronic resources hosted by the University of Hertfordshire library including image and article databases, electronic books, and more.
1 / 9
Programme Structure
Year 1: Modules
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.

Core modules:

- Visual Communication (45 credits)
- Graphic Design Essentials Part 1 (45 credits)
- C&CS Level 4 Graphic Design and Illustration (30 credits)

Programme Specification

Year 2: Modules
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.

Core modules:

- 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)
Year 3: Modules
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.

Core modules:

- 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)
Sebastian Campos
course curator
Student works
Anna Zubareva
Anna Zubareva ‘LV Malletier A Paris’
See the project in detail
1 / 3
1 / 3
Anastasia Branitskaia
Anastasia Branitskaia 1989/2019
See the project in detail
1 / 2
1 / 2
Karina Svistunova
Karina Svistunova Panelka
See the project in detail
1 / 1
1 / 1
Anastasia Zavarzina
Anastasia Zavarzina Pink carpet, or tribute to Anni Albers
See the project in detail
1 / 1
1 / 1
Taras Sgibnev
1 / 12
1 / 12
Yulia Kamenskaya
Yulia Kamenskaya ‘QT Type Faces’
See the project in detail
1 / 3
1 / 3
Maya Otradnova
Maya Otradnova
See the project in detail
1 / 4
1 / 4
Vyacheslav Rybin
Vyacheslav Rybin Imagine Nature
See the project in detail
1 / 4
1 / 4
Hye Jin Hyun
Hye Jin Hyun My Moscow
See the project in detail
1 / 1
1 / 1
How to apply
Entry exams
Applicants who apply for Year 1 of British higher education courses, need to sit the following:

- English exam
- Portfolio assessment
- Entry interview

During the admission exams, the admissions staff will arrange a convenient date and time for demonstration of portfolio and interview, after that, the matriculant will be allowed to pass the English test. 

English test is not required for students from English-speaking countries or if an IELTS or equivalent certificate is produced. For international students we can organise skype entry interviews. In such cases the portfolio can be sent via email.
Required level of English
IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent certificate). Along with the IELTS results, the following certificates are also accepted:

- CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) grade C or above;
- FCE (First Certificate in English) grade A.

If a prospective student does not have an IELTS certificate of the required level but successfully passed BHSAD English test as part of BHSAD entrance exams, he/she needs to obtain an IELTS certificate before the start of the first semester on Year 1.
Required portfolio
The range of work in your portfolio should cover a broad spectrum of media, materials and approaches. Projects may be submitted in different disciplines including but not limited to graphics, drawing, painting, textile, photography, decorative art, design, web-design, animation. First of all, the admission committee would like to see how you can generate and develop your ideas; that is why, besides finished projects, the portfolio should also include notebooks with sketches, sketchbooks, written works (articles, essays, if any). Please try to present examples of the best and most recent projects which reflect your creative abilities. Your portfolio needs to be printed (А3 format or larger). Animation and CG works should be presented on CDs or memory sticks. It advisable to show photographs of large works which otherwise would be difficult to transport.
Interview procedure
Prospective students will be asked questions regarding their education and professional background in order to make a final decision about admission on to the course. Please be ready to tell the interview panel about yourself, your design experience and projects in your portfolio. 

You may be asked about the history of creation of a particular work and the context of its creation. The panel may ask you about well-known designers to learn about the influence of creative activities of other designers and artists on you, the reason why you follow them and the main incentive for your development in terms of your occupation.
Admission requirements
Exam schedule will be announced in spring 2020.
How to enrol
To enrol on the course, applicants have to present a portfolio of their work and evidence of their English language competence. A grade 6.0 or higher on the IELTS scale is acceptable and the CAE and FCE qualifications are considered. If the applicant cannot produce a certificate, their English is tested together with prospective students who are applying for the Foundation Art & Design Course. However, the applicant must provide the IELTS certificate later on, by particular deadline. 

Enrollment is based on the results of a portfolio assessment and an interview with one of the tutors. The applicant's knowledge and skills reflected in their work should be comparable to the knowledge and skills students acquire at Foundation level. Interviews and portfolio assessments are usually scheduled in the 3 days followed by the language test.

Transfer to Year 2 will be possible only if a student attended a higher education institution which uses a credit-based system. For these purposes, the number of previously received credits is compared with the number of credits which is necessary for transfer to the relevant stage of a British undergraduate course.
Required documents
- Online application form
- Copy of previous education certificates and academic qualifications. The following documents can be submitted: high school diploma, college degree diploma, higher education or BA diploma
- 2 photos 3х4 cm
- Copy of your passport
- Personal statement
Tuition fees
Full-time: GBP 6,650 / year*

Students as a rule pay their tuition fees once a semester, that is, twice a year, but at their request can choose to pay on a monthly basis.

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.

* This proposal does not constitute an offer, the prices are subject to change. Cost of services and conditions of their provision will be specified in the contract.

Success stories
Success stories
Ivan Khmelevsky BA (Hons) Graphic Design
Alexander Artsvuni BA (Hons) Graphic Design
Elena Medvedeva BA (Hons) Graphic Design
1 / 3
How can I apply?
Applicants need to provide the following documents:

- online application form
- copy or the original of previous education certificates and academic qualifications.
- 2 photos 3×4
- copy of your passport

After the necessary documents are provided you need to sign the contracts. For applicants under 18 presence of one of the parents is required. More details about the application process can be found in the “How to apply” section of the website.
What is the language of delivery?
The education at BHSAD is provided by an international team of lecturers but the working language is always English for our British programmes.

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Start date: september 2020
Step 1 of 1
Step 1 of 1
Entrance exams schedule will be announced in Spring. Please fill out the form and we will send you a notification.
Level of English language competence
Do you have any medical condition that School should be aware of?
British Higher School of Design adheres to the principles of personal data processing rules of the Federal Law N152- FL "On personal data". The information provided in this application form as strictly confidential and will use it solely for the purpose related to admission and studying at BHSAD.
Sending your application...
Error occurred. Please contact us:

[email protected]
+7 (495) 640-30-15
Thank you. Your information is collected.

An automated response confirming the receipt of your application and your further steps is sent to e-mail. If you did not receive it at this address, please check you Spam/Junk folder or contact Admissions Office at [email protected] or by phone +7 495 640 30 15.

Best regards,
BHSAD Admissions Office
We are open Monday-Friday 10.00 – 19.00 (Moscow time zone GMT +4)
Tel/fax: +7 495 640 30 15
E-mail: [email protected]

Hey! New design here!
If you notice that something is not working properly — please let us know by email [email protected] :)
We use cookies developed by our specialists and third parties, to analyze the events on our website, which allows us to improve interaction with users and service. Continuing to view the pages of our site, you accept the terms of its use. For more information, see our Privacy Policy.

Apply for training

Filling in the online application form is required for admission to educational programmes
Please choose your field of study:

Leave your contacts and we will inform you when application will be opened
Please fill the form:

Thank you for your application.

If you have additional questions, please contact BHSAD admissions office:

[email protected]
+7 (495) 640-30-15

Download brochure

Please enter your e-mail to get the digital version of the brochure

Download brochure

Thank you. Your application form was received.