Graphic Design BA (Hons)

Graphic Design BA (Hons)

School of Art, Design and Fashion




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years. Four years with optional 48 week placement

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    W210; Short form: BA/GD

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

On this degree, you will develop your skills in Graphic Design through both digital and traditional print media. You will work on live projects with real deadlines, and our great links with industry mean that you could be working on placements with top agencies around the country.

You will be taught in a friendly and competitive studio atmosphere, developing your problem solving and creative skills at the same time. We are also well known for our success in national and international student competitions.

National Student Survey 2017
90.7% of Design Studies students agreed that teaching staff are good at explaining things

Entry Requirements

112 points at A2; General Studies accepted 
OCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 112 points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

All applicants are invited to attend a Selection Day when they will be interviewed with a portfolio. You will be notified of your date for your Selection Day by our Admissions Office who will also update UCAS Track with details of your application.

Further information on our Selection Day and portfolio interviews.

Open Day (Saturday 18 November 2017) - Register Now

Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Creative Thinking
  • Introduction to Graphic Communication
  • Communication Craft Skills
  • Historical Contextual Studies

Year 2

  • Applied Graphic Design
  • Graphic Communication in Context
  • Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Contextual Studies

Year 3

  • Graphic Design Set Project
  • Graphic Design External Project
  • Graphic Design Self-Initiated Project
  • Contextual Studies – Futures

Further Information

The Graphic Design BA(Hons) degree course at UCLan, Preston is one of the most established and successful courses of its kind in the country. For more than 40 years our Graphic Design course has consistently stood for excellence in design and is recognised for its relevance to industry and employability. Each year our students are successful in winning prestigious awards for national and international competitions such as D&AD, Roses, Little Chip, RSA and YCN to name a few.

This programme of study is focused on generating creative ideas for a range of challenging briefs. In the first two years, you will be taught how to develop your visual language skills in problem solving, through creative thinking and exploring the use of type and image.

In your first year you will learn about idea generation and develop a strong creative and competitive dynamic as you learn and develop and learn with others on this course. You will generate ideas for a wide range of graphic design applications covering both digital and print platforms. These include typography, branding, advertising, packaging and editorial. All final year graphic design students exhibit their work in an end of year Degree Show, which is open to the public in June each year. 


People know what you get from a UCLan student. And as a UCLan student you know what you get from going out into the world - an almost unparalleled network of ex-students who are in high places at some of the best agencies in the business. You get someone who does something for a reason, with an idea and intent behind the work. 

Matt Johnson



You will have access to facilities within the department including digital print workshops, traditional printmaking workshops and wood and metal workshops. This will allow you much greater flexibility and opportunity when creating and developing work.


The course has an enviable list of industry contacts. Many of our graduates go on to secure creative roles in leading graphic design and creative agencies, both nationally and internationally, and many have gone on to set up and run their own independent agencies. From Apple to Saatchi & Saatchi, Pentagram to The Partners, this course has produced some of this country’s top designers.


This course offers you an optional 48 week placement in the industry. Using the optional placement year extends the development of a professional approach and the successes after graduation. Many of our students spend a year working in top agencies across London and the North West.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Partner Institutions

Also available at AAS, Thessaloniki and Greece. We also have many Erasmus partners with students studying in countries such as Germany, Portugal and Finland.

Student Work

Industry Links

With its strong links with industry, the course offers you many placement opportunities, including the possibility of spending a year working in top agencies across London and the North West. 

Once a year we hold a Conference Week with various national and international guest speakers from all areas of Graphic Design, Advertising and Illustration.

D&AD - Design & Art Direction

English Regions Skills Review 2015

UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:

The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).

Learning Environment and Assessment

We believe that creativity can be nurtured through shared experience. By creating a friendly, competitive studio atmosphere and leaving the 'classroom' behind, you will be able to flourish in an environment designed to support and encourage.

We have an ongoing programme of visiting speakers who add a further dimension to the course and its content. This will keep you informed about current issues and development within the industry.

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to challenge existing methods of generating ideas and problem solving by setting briefs that stimulate creative thinking and encourage risk taking. Each brief sets out a specific design problem and will be taught through lectures, group seminars, practical demonstrations, one-to-one tutorials and critiques, followed by guided self-study.