Are you pursuing a career in graphic design? Hoping to top-up your existing qualifications into a full degree? Southampton Solent University’s graphic design top-up programme is ideally suited to students who come from a graphic design background, having already studied at HND level or equivalent. Portfolio and skill development lies at the heart of Southampton Solent University’s graphic design programme. Students will explore a range of professional techniques as they develop their own unique visual style and create design products for printed and digital mediums. The curriculum also explores academic theories and visual culture, ensuring that students have a thorough understanding of graphic design contexts. Students benefit from free access to a range of high-end printing and design facilities. These include two Vandercook letterpresses, three screen print beds and three Intaglio/etching presses for calligraphy and etching work. Students also have access to photographic studios and darkrooms; a fully equipped workshop for metal and wood-working, and Apple Macs with the latest Adobe Creative Suite software. The academics who teach on the graphic design top-up programme come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds – many are still active in the industry. The team’s close links with practising professionals have enabled past students to take part in a variety of work-based opportunities, live briefs and placements. Graphic design students are encouraged to submit their best work to design competitions, securing valuable exposure. Past students have found success at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Student Design Awards, the Design and Art Direction (D&AD) Awards, and the Young Creative Network (YCN) Awards.