GRAPHIC DESIGN
& COMMUNICATION

Why should you study
Graphic Design & Communication?


This programme emphasises both experimental work and real world creative problem-solving. You will develop industry relevant digital and traditional skills.

“Because of its close links with industry partners and the encouragement of work experience, the students come into the studio with clearer understanding of commercial practices.”

Adrian Foster, Design Manager, Visualsoft

Our graphic design degree is very different from others. We are in a commercial world that requires creatives to work on a variety of digital and traditional platforms for print and screen, therefore we have a very multi-disciplinary approach with a view to developing the next generation of creative directors and designers.

We offer a conceptual approach to design through mixing traditional and contemporary techniques offering areas of speciality such as:

  • Advanced Typography
  • Letterpress
  • Motion Graphics
  • Printmaking
  • Web Design

BA (Hons) Graphic Design & Communication


UCAS Code W211


UCAS Tariff 96


Duration Three years


Our graphic design and communication degree is very different from others. We are in a commercial world that requires creatives to work on a variety of digital and traditional platforms for print and screen, therefore we have a very multi-disciplinary approach with a view to developing the next generation of creative directors and designers.

We offer a conceptual approach to design through mixing traditional and contemporary techniques offering areas of speciality such as:

  • Advanced Typography
  • Letterpress
  • Motion Graphics
  • Printmaking
  • Web Design

Our visiting lecturers include:

  • Sean Sims – Brighton based professional illustrator
  • Emma Tweddle – Managing Director of Brainbox Studios
  • Paul Greco – Traditional and digital printmaker
  • Alan Kitching – graphic designer, animator, architect and software developer
  • Curtis Jobling – Designer, illustrator and animator
  • Brian Cannon – Graphic Designer and photographer

Live briefs and competition entries have included working with companies such as:

  • Britvic Drinks
  • Camerons Brewery
  • Cleveland Police
  • NHS
  • Penguin Books
  • Surreal
  • Syfy Channel
  • Visualsoft ecommerce

Alumni are working all over the world in creative areas for companies such as:

  • Baltic Training
  • Brainbox Studios
  • Eighty8 Design
  • Allgood
  • Bryan James Design
  • Curious 12
  • Good Fridays Creative Agency
  • Emap International Limited
  • Epiphany Studios
  • Q Design
  • Visualsoft ecommerce
  • Psyche

Staff

Lecturers and technician demonstrators bring a wealth of graphic design, innovation, communication, advertising and technical experience.

What will you study on Graphic Design & Communication?


In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:

  • • Graphic design and narrative
    • Graphic design processes
    • Creative processes and visualisation
    • Visual culture

In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:

  • • Advanced graphic design production
    • Graphic design and visual identity
    • Graphic design specialism
    • Visual culture theory

In your third year (Level Six) you will explore:

  • • Project research and preparation
    • Dissertation/Report
    • Exhibition
    • Portfolios which showcase your readiness
    for industry
    • Final Major Project

This degree is for you if you wish to have a career in:

  • Art direction
  • Branding and advertising
  • Broadcast graphics
  • Community arts
  • Graphic design
  • Publishing, media and editorial design
  • Studio management
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Web design

Facilities

We pride ourselves on creating a real-life design agency working environment – we offer students their own independent work bays with macs and industry standard software, so you are able to be creative all of the time, without having to book computers,
which is the benefit of studying graphic design and communication with us rather than at a larger institution.
• Macs and Wacom Cintiq tablets
• Print Room with Letter Press; Albion and Adana printing presses
• Screen Printing
• Industry standard software such as Adobe Creative Cloud
• In house Digital Printing and reprographics
• Laser Cutting and Digital Cutting tools.
• Light tables

Thanks to CCAD I have been given the opportunity to work for multiple clients and agencies outside of the college. The most notable being a 3 month placement at a design agency over the summer.

Liam Carr
Third year (Level 6) student

The Graphic Design degree had a feel about it, it just felt really right!

Brogan Beensen
Third year (Level 6) student
 

QAA commended the way CCAD enhances student learning

Only 15% of the institutions reviewed received a commendation in 14/15

 

Number one

for art and design graduate employability in the country

 

96.6% of 2015 graduates

were in work or full-time study six months after graduation

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