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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Chain Reaction In-House Studio
  • Digital Platform Company
  • Emma Kenny Limited
  • Freelance
  • Hannah McKeown Photography
  • Genesis Advertising
  • Conor McClure Design & Illustration

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Freelance art direction trainee / Freelance Graphic Designer
  • Freelance Designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Junior Designer
  • Junior Graphic Designer
  • Manager
  • Photographer

Overview

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Creative use of words and pictures for every type of communication.

Summary

Study Graphic Design and Illustration at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Graphic Design and Illustration is about the creative and diverse use of words, pictures, language, ideas and problem solving. Our approach to Graphic Design and Illustration explores areas such as advertising art direction, branding, illustration, typography, photography, in print, digital and video form.

Thinking and ideas are central to producing good work. We value research, the design process and professionalism. Our analytical approach enables you to engage with exciting design challenges, react to a rapidly changing industry and to develop as sensitive and intelligent designers.

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About this course

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About

Like most university courses the learning process in Graphic Design and Illustration happens through modules. These modules have been designed to take the studnet through a journey of acquiring new skills , exploring the subject area and developing the individuals creativity. They are individually assessed and accumulated as you progress.

Year 1 is spent developing awareness of the subject. Subjects like typography are often new and take some time to become familiar with. You will carry out projects that help develop your skills with words and images while deepening your understanding of how this can be used to communicate in a wider society. You will work in a dynamic studio environment and learn via lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.

Year 2 is about increasing your skills and knowledge and applying them in a range of ways including illustration, branding, photography, advertising and motion graphics. Projects will include live competition briefs and projects throughout the course.

Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) orDiploma in Professional Practice International (DPPI)

On successful completion of Year 2 studies, students have the opportunity to take the optional module Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or (DPPI). This year of study provides an opportunity for students to gain first hand practical experience within a professional environment such as an advertising agency or brand consultancy prior to their final year of study. This module links the education experience to the real life situation of practice in the creative industries. It provides students with a range of experiences and skills relative to their practice, future career and professional development.

Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS).

On completion of Year 2, students have the opportunity to take the other optional module Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS). This optional module provides an opportunity for students to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland, developing an international perspective and an appreciation of cultural sensitivities which are desirable qualities in any graduate. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Year 3 is when students are encouraged to become increasingly independent in their working methods and in their choice of project. Students are encouraged to take part in major national/international student competitions such as Design and Art Direction (D&AD), the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) and Young Creative Network (YCN).

Attendance

Part-Time

Six years

Attendance on the course is made up of taught sessions, lectures, seminars/tutorials, peer review/feedback, supervised studio and independent study.

As a part-time student you will learn alongside the full time students and we emphasise the benefits of peer learning.

Part-time students attend the equivalent or 2 days per week.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is 240 UCAS tariff points to include 2 A Levels at minimum grades CC.

BTEC

The BTEC Extended Diploma requirement for this course is 240 UCAS tariff points based on an overall BTEC award profile of MERIT, MERIT, MERIT to include 15 merits.

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is 240 UCAS tariff points based on an overall Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) profile of BBCCC and Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) English Language at grade C or above.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBB.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 24 points (12 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 55%.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include English Language at minimum grade C.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Submission of a satisfactory portfolio.

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching methods

Formal presentations, briefings, lectures and ’hands on’ workshops form the core of each module. Modules include group tutorials, seminars, feedback and IT training sessions in all three years. Graphic Design and Illustration students are given assistance in directed and independent learning, so that they can make the most effective use of resources and of the image/information networks. We also expect Graphic Design and Illustration students to be interested in design, art and the media in the broadest sense and to reflect on such work through personal logs. The professional aspects mean that elements of entrepreneurship are built into almost every module.

Assessment

At each level, modules are assessed according to specific criteria and weightings which are published before the beginning of the semester. Assessment is both formative and summative, and, where appropriate, criteria are written to encourage risk-taking, enterprise and experimentation.

Feedback on your work helps you to reflect on your strenghts and weaknesses so that you can develop and improve your work throughout the course.

Marks for all Final Year modules contribute to the final classification of the honours degree.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Chain Reaction In-House Studio
  • Digital Platform Company
  • Emma Kenny Limited
  • Freelance
  • Hannah McKeown Photography
  • Genesis Advertising
  • Conor McClure Design & Illustration

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Freelance art direction trainee / Freelance Graphic Designer
  • Freelance Designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Junior Designer
  • Junior Graphic Designer
  • Manager
  • Photographer

Career options

Graphic Design and Illustration graduates are successful in the design / advertising / illustration/ multimedia / photography/ broadcasting / publishing and promotional industries.

Most of the Design and Advertising Studios in Northern Ireland are staffed or run by graduates from this course. Graduates include graphic designers Tim Farell, Alan Jackson and Amy McArthur, illustrators Oliver Jeffers, Barry Falls and Peter Strain and art directors Darcie Graham, Ruth Jackson and Matt Evans. In addition graduates find employment in diverse media, television and publishing roles.

Alumni achieve regular success and awards in advertising, book design and illustration, typography and branding for companies competitions and clients such as:

BBC, BT, Guinness, O2, Remus, New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, The Financial Times, Random House, Channel 4, Orange, UNICEF, Sesame Tree, the Kate Greenaway Medal and the British Book Awards: Children's Book of the Year, Walt Disney.

Those wishing to research and develop their own work to a higher level go on to pursue a Masters qualification either at the University of Ulster in the MFA Multidisciplinary Design (Communication) or at other institutions in the UK and further afield. There is also the potential for entry onto a PhD.

There are also opportunities for those wishing to teach after the completion of a postgraduate teaching qualification (PGCE).

Work placement / study abroad

On successful completion of Year 2 studies, you have the opportunity to take the optional module Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or (DPPI). This year of study provides an opportunity for you to gain first hand practical experience within a professional environment such as an advertising agency or brand consultancy prior to your final year of study. This module links the education experience to the real life situation of practice in the creative industries. It provides you with a range of experiences and skills relative to your practice, future career and professional development.

You also have the opportunity to take the other optional module Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS). This optional module provides an opportunity for you to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland, developing an international perspective and an appreciation of cultural sensitivities which are desirable qualities in any graduate. You will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Apply

To apply to any undergraduate degree programme visit www.ucas.ac.uk

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£5,156.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Recent International Student Prizes and Awards include:

D&AD (Design and Art Direction) Awards, London, 2014

James Kirkpatrick - Best in Book (App Design);

ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) Awards 2014

Emma Kenny;

D&AD (Design and Art Direction) Awards, London, 2013

Christopher Dunlop - Yellow Pencil nomination (Graphic Design/Illustration)

Catherine McConalogue - Best of Year (Open Craft);

ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers)Awards 2013

Paul McNally and Karen Shearer;

ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers)Awards 2012

Karla Burns, Sarah Panasch, Declan Mount;

D&AD (Design and Art Direction) Awards, London, 2012

Stephen Pierce - Yellow Pencil Award (Advertising)

Stephen Moffet - Best of Year (Branding)

Tori Phillips - Best of Year (Communication);

D&AD Awards, London 2011

Jonathan McKee - First Prize (Animation);

AOI Best of British Illustration 2011 (Association of Illustrators, London)

Peter Strain - National Critics Award (Illustration).

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Joint Course Directors:

Bruce Ingman

E: b.ingman@ulster.ac.uk

Richard McElveen

E: r.mcelveen@ulster.ac.uk

Student Services Centre

T: +44 (0) 28 9536 7202

E: adbe@ulster.ac.uk