Graphic Design

BA (Hons) Single

Graphic designers are at the forefront of the digital communications revolution and create the 'packaging' for all kinds of products and information including websites, advertisements, public education, newspapers, magazines and corporate reports. Graphic designers are the key to effective and successful communication in society today.

The programme is a dynamic combination of specialist knowledge, practical skills, creativity and critical awareness, and prepares graduates for the challenges of creative thinking and the development of their own individual visual language that are demanded by today's intensively competitive and global marketplace.

The continuing demand for innovative, high quality graphic design offers our graduates a range of exciting and rewarding employment opportunities within the creative economy - an area in which the UK is a world leader.


Why study Graphic Design at Chester?

  • Creative and challenging experiences
  • Hands on learning environment with industry standard production facilities
  • An emphasis on professional practice and skills acquisition
  • Creative risk-taking and experimentation
  • Students enter national and international design competitions
  • Live external projects
  • National and international field trips
  • Opportunity to study abroad through the University's Erasmus and USA exchange programmes
  • Year 2 professional placements



There are a number of strands running through the programme that develop all the key attributes for a professional career in Graphic Design. There is the development of the skills needed to visualise creative ideas and to use professional digital and non-digital production technologies. 

Design projects offer an opportunity for personal lines of enquiry as well as to experiment and devise an individual visual style. The exploration of relevant contemporary practice via its cultural and theoretical roots offers insight into developments that influence the world of design. 

The development of skills and competence in digital and other media allow designs to be realised through from initial concept to final production. The development of appropriate study skills and research methods enable students to engage with design theory and to express ideas in writing as required by an honours degree programme and industry.

The programme is delivered by enthusiastic staff who are active in both the design industry and research into graphic design practices, ensuring that the programme content remains current and relevant.

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme.  Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time as part of the University’s commitment to curriculum enhancement.

Programme Structure

First year modules:

  • Visual Communication
  • Typography
  • Text & Image 
See examples of First year student work

Second year modules:

  • Motion Design
  • Design Research Methods
  • Communication
  • Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning
See examples of Second year student work

Third year modules:

  • Contextual Enquiry (optional)
  • Design Management & Production (optional)
  • Creative Design Practice
  • Dissertation in Art and Design (optional)
  • Professional Practice

See examples of Third year student work

Assessment is universally via coursework or projects. These activities normally incorporate an "interim crit" which provides formative feedback on work in progress.

Responding to this feedback assists students to perform to the best of their abilities in the formally assessed part of each module and contributes to either progression to the next year of the programme or towards the classification of their degree.

The course will prepare you for a wide range of jobs including:

Jobs directly related to your degree:

Jobs where your degree would be useful:

You will be equipped with transferable skills which are valued by employers such as:

  • creativity;
  • teamwork;
  • time management;
  • technical skills;
  • ability to conduct research in a variety of modes;
  • capacity to work independently;
  • entrepreneurial skills;
  • ICT.

If you are studying this course on a combined basis you should look at options with both subjects.

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UCAS points: A minimum of 280 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer: BCC/BBC
GCE A Level: The department recommends one of the following subjects:
Art, Art & Design, Graphic Design, Design & Technology

BTEC Extended Diploma (Art & Design): DMM

BTEC Diploma (Art & Design): D*D*

Irish/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects, including Art
International Baccalaureate: 26 points, including 5 in HL Visual Arts
Access: Access to HE Diploma (Art & Design) to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit

OCR National Extended Diploma (Art and Design): Merit 2

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma (Art & Design): DMM

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma (Art & Design): D*D*

Extra Information:

Please note that we accept a maximum of 20 UCAS points for GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.

Applicants will be required to attend a portfolio interview before an offer of a place can be made.

Contact us

For details about your course or your application please get in touch.

  • Bernadine Murray, Deputy Head (Student Experience) and Programme Leader Graphic Design
    01244 515703
  • Undergraduate Admissions, Enquiries/Information
    01244 511000
    01244 511329
Jason Cartwright

Whilst at university I took part in a professional practice module which really helped me to know what the industry was like and it also reinforced my decision to be a graphic designer.”

Graphic Design graduateJason Cartwright