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Graphic Designers gain employment in design studios typically specialising in visual identity, packaging and extended brand communication.

MA Communication Design at NUA provides a logical progression for BA Graphic Design students. All NUA undergraduates receive tuition fee discounts if they choose to continue with their postgraduate studies at NUA.

What can I do with this degree?

BA Graphic Design has proved successful with former students holding positions in many of the leading design groups in the industry. Graduates work in senior roles at companies such as Pearlfisher, New York and London based agencies such as Design Bridge and Williams Murray Hamm.

Graduates have also founded award-winning agencies employing multiple staff (including NUA graduates) such as Hat Trick, Carter Wong and The Click. Graduate Ben Farrin recently won the Barclays Enterprise Award earning a £50,000 investment in his mobile phone app – The Student Pocket Guide. Graduates work in a broad range of careers including:

  • Branding Designer
  • Packaging Designer
  • Art Director
  • Brand strategist
  • Website/App Designer
  • Account Handler
  • Brand Strategist
  • Copywriter
  • Editorial Designer
  • Marketing Creative
  • Photographer
  • Print Maker/Printer
  • Studio Manager
  • Designers also work for studios or on a freelance commission basis

Winning one of the coveted Yellow Pencils at D&AD was a great end to my student experience at NUA and I feel very privileged to have studied there. Through the course I also won the annual Design Bridge competition and have now joined the agency as a Junior Designer.

Morgan Swain
2013 graduate
Junior Designer
Design Bridge

The course could not have prepared me for the industry any better. The amount of contact we had with professionals is really quite amazing. During my time at NUA I went to lectures by partners at the top agencies and gained inspiration from some amazing designers. NUA prepares people to such a high standard that just the fact that I went to this University gave prospective employees the confidence to employ me.

Jamie Johnstone
2012 graduate
Graphic Designer
Turner Duckworth

I work on a variety of international packaging projects as well as an impressive array of identity projects from around the world. I have also been been working freelance on rebrands and identities for The London Clockmaker and an interior design agency.

Simon Harry Cox
2010 graduate
Brand Opus

The rate of employment after graduation at NUA was very high and I felt confident this was the best place for me to start my career. When it came to getting a job, NUA’s reputation preceded itself as an institute of excellence and within two weeks I had accepted a position.

Lillia Bolton
2013 graduate
Junior Graphic Designer
John Brown Media

Other graduates include

  • Robin White
    Designer, Design Bridge (Amsterdam)
  • Nina Jenkins
    Senior Brand Design Manager, Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • Zoe Bennett
    Book Designer, Campbell Books (part of Pan MacMillan)
  • Kirsty Bird
    Editorial Designer, The Sunday Times
  • Jonny Kearns
    Designer, Bloom
  • Laura Llewellyn
    Designer, Hearst Magazine
  • Emily Underwood
    Design and Community Manager, Sidekick Studios

More advice

For more advice about careers in design visit the Design Council website.


More advice

For more advice about careers in publishing visit the Creative Skillset website.