Our Graphic Design (with preparatory semester) BA (Hons) begins with a semester to teach you fundamental approaches and skills for graphic design. You’ll discover typography, printmaking, drawing, photography, digital design, as well as being introduced to graphic design within industry and cultural contexts.
The preparatory semester will ensure you have all the relevant skills, knowledge and confidence needed to complete the rest of your degree.
You will complete our Graphic Design (with preparatory semester) degree in three years, starting in September. Following the preparatory semester you’ll join students starting on the standard course in January. This means that Year 1 will consist of three semesters and you’ll be required to study at the University during some of the summer between Year 1 and 2. During the subsequent two years of your studies you’ll follow the same schedule and study the same content as students on the Graphic Design BA (Hons) course.
While you may make a considerable saving in time and fees by choosing this route over a four-year degree with a foundation year, do be aware that you’ll have to budget for the additional semester in your first year.
You’ll discover your own design philosophy as you play with different methods of creation on this course. You’ll be encouraged to explore, question and innovate the relationship of graphic design to the rest of the world, as well as develop a unique voice and vision in your visual communication practice.
Experimentation is strongly encouraged. Collaboration with both your peers and industry partners will provide you with opportunities to learn about and apply professional practices. You’ll have the chance to work with graphic design studios and consultancies, allowing you to experience working as a graphic designer in the real world.
You’ll have regular opportunities to connect with and learn from practitioners and industry partners through our programme of guest lectures, workshops, events and live brief projects.
You’ll graduate with the confidence, vision, skills and professional portfolio to play a key part in the visual communications industry in a range of roles.
On graduation you'll receive the same award and title as students on the standard Graphic Design BA (Hons) course.
You'll be assessed through essays, project work and a portfolio project, which will include a dissertation. There are no examinations on this course.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
We encourage applications from international/欧盟学生 with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
You will need to attend an interview with your portfolio of creative work. If you live outside of the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of work via email.
Your portfolio should be selective but have enough work to show the range of your interests and talents. We're interested in seeing how you develop a project from beginning to end, not only finished work.
Graphic designers work in a variety of media; please include the whole range of your creative work. If you can't bring some of your work to the portfolio interview, please take photographs and include them.
Finally, be ready to talk about your work and how you see your future as a graphic designer.
If you're coming in person to your interview we strongly suggest bringing a physical portfolio of work.
Things to bring:
If you are submitting an online application, please follow these guidelines.
Things to include:
Example preparatory semester modules include:
Example Year 1 modules include:
Example Year 2 modules include:
Example Year 3 modules include:
"Intellectually stimulating. I have learned new techniques and my understanding of the subject has broadened. I have made some really good connections."
"Tutors are the highlight of the University. You can see the passion they have for art and design, as well as having the passion to teach us."
"The new studio idea is really successful and my studio leader is absolutely amazing."
"Excellent tutors and lecturers. A good range of facilities available, all of which are well supervised by helpful technicians and tutors."
"My printmaking teachers were awesome, they helped me gain enough confidence with my work."
"I have definitely learnt a lot over my three years, gained confidence in my work and met some brilliant people."
The skills you learn on this course will open up many different career paths to you. You could find employment in illustration, animation, printmaking, visual effects, art advertising or production design.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.
大学 and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
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Senior Lecturer, Graphic Design; Graphic Design Course Leader; First Year Coordinator