BA Graphic Design overview
NUA's competitive BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree course places great emphasis on supporting students to not only develop core competences in design but more importantly to be original and creative thinkers. The development of ideas is the fundamental cornerstone of the course and it is this approach that has contributed to its excellent reputation within the design industry.
Following a major investment in facilities graphics students work in inspirational, open plan design studios. Working individually and collaboratively you will master the fundamental 'toolkit' of a practising designer. The course is unique in offering two strands of specialism – Graphic Design and Publishing. In Year Two you will choose the path you want to follow.
You will work on live briefs set by industry guests such as a layout project for the Design Editor of The Sunday Times. You will be supported to undertake work placements either at design studios in the region or in London. Graphic Design students also work closely with the ideasfactory@NUA working on real briefs for real clients.
As you grow in confidence and ability you will produce work to a professional standard in areas such as packaging, brand, publicity, visual identity, editorial, publishing and advertising.
Each year NUA puts in a strong performance in national and international competitions such as the prestigious D&AD Student awards: the YCN Student Awards; the Book Design and Production Awards; the International Society of Typographic Designers Student Assessment Scheme; and the PaperCo awards. Competitions are a way of raising your profile, making contacts and providing further experience at responding to set briefs.
You will have workshop inductions and access to NUA facilities such as the digital workshops and printmaking facilities. You will develop a thorough appreciation of the historical and cultural place of design and be able to discuss your work in relation to other designers, movements and current trends. During your final year you will consolidate your skills and be supported to work towards a smooth transition into industry or further study.
"NUA's graphics courses are industry-relevant and producing the highly skilled, talented thinkers who are so in demand in the UK’s creative sectors. It is our first port of call for graduates."
Founder of Hat-trick design & NUA alumnus