201–250 th
World University Rankings 2021
101–200 th
Impact Rankings 2021
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
Whiteknights House Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6AH, United Kingdom

Graphic Communication - University of Reading

Develop the ability to express your design ideas confidently, learn how to solve real-life graphic communication challenges, and graduate with a diverse and relevant portfolio. Become a well-rounded ‘thinking designer’, with a profile that’s sought after by the design industry. The Department of Typography & Graphic Communication offers you a distinctive approach to a design degree; we integrate different ways of thinking about design – practical, historical, and theoretical. Undertake practical projects across digital and print media, and learn about design principles and how to respond to user needs. Current projects include brand campaigns, e-books and magazines, music packaging, newspapers, pictograms, wayfinding and sign systems, and websites and mobile apps. You will also enjoy a hands-on approach to design history through our renowned graphic design collections. Learn how to communicate your design ideas clearly and persuasively through project reports and presentations. Essays and a final-year dissertation will develop your research skills and your ability to bring your ideas together. This combination of academic writing, problem-solving, and client-facing communication gives you a competitive edge in the employment market. Take the opportunity to study abroad in your second year or collaborate with staff on research projects with real-world impact. We offer small-group teaching, accessible tutors, dedicated 24-hour studio spaces, and a hands-on approach to design history through our renowned graphic design collections. Reading is ranked 1st in the UK for research in this area (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014). Our research, much of which is concerned with everyday communication, is recognised as excellent – we were recently ranked first among all UK art and design institutions in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. 100% of our research was recognised internationally and 56% was rated world-leading, which feeds directly into your learning. Employers such as IBM Design and Oxford University Press are actively engaged with our teaching and offer individual feedback on student projects. You will develop your approach to design in a practical way through working with real clients, real budgets and real time scales. These ‘real jobs’ are supported by your tutors and form part of your assessment. You will also work alongside the University’s professional design team to gain experience of dealing with print and online production processes. In your second year you will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, where the design courses are taught in English. We currently have links with DHBW in Ravensburg, Germany; Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada; and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. **Careers** We have close links with industry and will develop your professional and practical skills through supervised assignments for real clients. Our graduates are in high demand by prospective employers, because the combination of creative, production, and client-facing skills we teach prepares you for industry. Our graduates take leadership roles in a range of creative industries. Recent graduates have gone on to work across the professional design sector, from publishing, branding, and information design, to web and mobile interface design. Employers include BBC Online, Design Portfolio, Financial Times magazines, IBM, and many specialist design studios and start-up agencies. Or, you can further develop your knowledge and skills on one of our internationally recognised Masters courses in Book Design, Creative Enterprise, Information Design, or Typeface Design.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,ReadingUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £16,475