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BA Design for Publishing has a great record of producing designers that go on to employment in the creative industries.

In recent years students have found work with major book and magazine publishers, national newspapers and graphic design studios. These include John Brown Publishing, Haymarket Publishing, The Sunday Times, Glazers, Pearson Education, Turnbull Gray, Dorling Kindersley, Grade Design, MacMillan Books, 85four and Harper Collins.

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


Graphic designers work with letters, colour, patterns, illustration, photography, information and physical materials to create everything from annual reports to corporate logos, from maps and diagrams to album and book covers, from product packaging to digital interfaces – and much more. Graduates work in a broad range of careers including:

  • Editorial Designer
  • Magazine Designer
  • Publishing Designer
  • Book Jacket Designer
  • Newspaper Designer
  • Digital Publisher
  • Graphic Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Print Maker/Printer
  • Account Handler
  • Copywriter
  • Interface Designer
  • Studio Manager
  • Designers also work for studios or on a freelance commission basis

I work across a range of sections for the newspaper, such as supplements, the iPad edition and the main newspaper. The course at NUA taught me how to further my projects, convey my ideas to others, work in groups, be inspired and much, much more. All skills that I still use today.

Hayley Dalrymple
2011 graduate
News International

I run a business designing book covers for UK, US and Australian publishers. It’s a nice varied area of design, something that allows you to be creative with typography and illustration.

Leo Nickolls
2007 graduate
Graphic Designer

NUA introduced me to a range of different career options, all thanks to the assistance of the staff and life lessons learned from hard but rewarding creativity-charged years at NUA.

Elena Jarmoskaite
2013 graduate
Design Assistant
Dorling Kindersley

After graduating I had two days off before starting as a junior designer for Autocar. Studying at NUA definitely put me in demand.

Ross Presly
2005 graduate
Deputy Art Editor
Stuff magazine
Haymarket Publishing

Other graduates include

  • Zoe Bennett
    Book Designer, Campbell Books (part of Pan MacMillan)
  • Robin White
    Designer, Design Bridge (Amsterdam)
  • Nina Jenkins
    Senior Brand Design Manager, Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • 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.