Study to be a graphic designer and develop a design portfolio full of ideas to enter and challenge the graphic design industry. You learn about the core principles of graphic design and its application across a range of sectors and have the opportunity to explore advertising, packaging, motion, user experience design or graphic design. The path you choose can be reflected in your award title, such as BA (Honours) Graphic Design: Motion, so you can easily communicate your strengths to prospective employers when you graduate. **Key areas of study** Key areas include • advertising • user experience design • motion and interactive • structural graphics • typography • graphic design topics, such as typography, printmaking, photography, programming, digital publishing, branding and marketing. During the course, you’ll focus on a range of media, develop your critical skills and learn how to solve problems creatively. The course is delivered by tutors who are expert practitioners in a number of areas. Developing your design portfolios is an important way for you to evidence your talents and skills to employers when you graduate. We support your you through portfolio surgeries that include visits from professionals in the industry. Throughout the course, we’ll be looking for you to innovate and take creative risks. **Placements and work experience** You have the opportunity to enhance your career prospects by taking part in international competitions, live briefs and work placements. There are also funded residential study trips at home and student funded trips abroad, complemented by visits to design conferences and professional design association events. If you study abroad, or do your work placement, in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme. During the third year of the course you can take an optional placement year. Placements give you the opportunity to apply your learning, develop new and existing skills and increase your knowledge and experience. You can take a placement overseas as part of the Erasmus plus scheme. Our students have secured placements with companies with a global reputation such as • Condé Nast • Touchpress • UsTwo • Interbrand • Why Not Associates • Graphic Thought Facility. **Facilities** You have access to a huge range of creative resources to experiment and engage with. You can take advantage of facilities such as • 3D printing for rapid prototyping • the latest hardware and software, including Adobe Creative Suite and Arduino • TV, film and photography studios • a creative media centre • performance spaces • a gallery • well-equipped workshops with access to a range of traditional printing facilities including screenprinting, etching, letterpress and risograph. You also have access to our learning centre featuring a specialist art, design and media library and extensive online resources.