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BA (Hons) Graphic Design

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

The BA Hons Graphic Design programme is run in conjunction with the University of Salford and allows students the opportunity to complete the first year of the degree here at Carmel College.

At a glance

3 good reasons to study Graphic Design at Carmel and Salford:
• Pathway options for specialist study in illustration, motion graphics or communication.
• Consistent record of success in national competitions such as Design & Art Direction student awards, Roses and YNC
• Employment opportunities and strong links with progressive design companies including a visiting Speakers programme which included Jon Burgerman, Si Scott and Peter Saville.

What's it about?

This programme is forward thinking and has an excellent reputation within both art and design education and the graphic communication industry. The programme is based on a supportive, student-centred framework, which is broad, challenging and rigorous. Experimentation, ideas, context, ethics and responsibility are prioritised while challenging and redefining conventions and orthodoxies. Students specialise at level 5 and 6 (years 2 and 3) in either communication, illustration and motion and interactivity.

What will I learn?

Level 4 (year 1) of the course is tutor-led, broad, diagnostic and introductory, orientating students to graphic communication and fundamental intellectual and practical principles and aspects of graphic communication. From a strong base in drawing, research, ideas, workshops and media skills, students are enabled to explore a range of specialisms across graphic communication practice. Students will then choose one of three pathways based on their strengths and interests.

Level 5 (year 2) is semi-directed and dedicated to the development of the knowledge acquired at level 4 (year 1), through practical projects and the understanding of the development of personal practice within a specific pathway. The pathways emphasise professional issues and experimentation, allowing students to pursue an increasingly individual direction.

At Level 6 (year 3), modules are predominantly student-led, emphasising individual focus, ambition, application and consolidation. Students develop an independent programme of work including live, contextual and self-generated projects or work for competitions.

How will I learn?

You will learn through lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as by design 'crits' and group projects.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes place through coursework and your final degree classification will be based on your level 5 and 6 work (years 2 and 3).

Can I get work experience?

At levels 5 and 6 (years 2 and 3) you have the opportunity to work closely with industry, usually with one of our contacts. These include Love Creative, Code, Frame (Copenhagen) BJL, Vogue, GQ, Mainframe, Fudge and BBC21CC. Some graduates go on to find employment with these companies. Carmel offers unique work experience at Conde Naste Vogue in Level 4 (year one).

Where can I get a job?

When you graduate you will be prepared for a range of careers in design and design-related professions and our students have gone on to work at Vogue, GQ, Wired, Love Creative, Vault 49 New York, Typo com, Raw, Toy, Young, Great Fridays, Mainframe, Code, Office, TBWA, Harpers & Queen, Showstudio, Skaggs Advertising in New York and Sha-La-La workshop, Hong Kong. Many graduates also go on to study at postgraduate level. Some graduates set up successful companies including Toy, Young and Obscure.

The course in more detail

Level Four consists of 6 modules that will earn you the 120 credits needed to progress to Level Five. The course is diverse and exciting allowing students the opportunity to explore many different aspects of Graphic Design.

There are team projects and live briefs, and computer modules that will give you creative and digital skills. Illustration briefs will test your ability to create new and exciting art works and theory modules will teach you about the illustrious history of design, the moral debates that surround our subject and how to analyse images.

You will be encouraged to think creatively, to work imaginatively and to create professional designs to tight and demanding deadlines. The course will challenge and inspire you and is definitely not for the work shy.

Semester One
Visual Communication
Project 1
(20 credits)

Exploring Graphic
(20 credits)

Exploring issues in Design
(20 credits)

Professional Contexts
(20 credits)

Semester Two

Graphic Communication for Context
(20 credits)

Directions in Graphic Design 
(20 credits)

Exploring issues in Design
(20 credits)
Professional Contexts Ctd
(20 credits)

The course is intensive and requires passion and commitment. Self-motivation as well as a keenness to respond to tutorial advice are also essential requirements. Studio culture is a key feature of the course, with live projects and workshops forming part of the curriculum.

The staff team includes specialists in Type, Illustration, Design for the music industry, Design for the web, and Digital Animation. We have an established list of guest lecturers/speakers of professional renown. Industrial placements, integral to level 2 study, have taken place at Designers Republic, amx digital, Form, Russell Mills, Spin, v23, the Apartment, and Arena, i-D and Vogue magazines amongst many others.

In 2010 we sent two of our Level Four students to work placements at British Vogue magazine to work with the renowned Art and Creative Director Robin Derrick. 

Carmel's BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme was inspected in November 2009. Inspectors found the provision to be an example of good practice:

"The dedication of teaching staff and the quality of their teaching was the College's greatest strength."

"Former College students informed the team of their appreciation of the high qualuity of teaching provided by the college."

IQER Nov 2009 (QAA)

More course information can be found at http://www.salford.ac.uk/course-finder/course/24