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UCAS CODE W211 Our Ba (Hons) Graphic Design degree is different from many others; we are in a commercial world that requires creatives to work on a variety of digital and traditional platforms for print and screen. Therefore, we provide a fully integrated multi-disciplinary approach with a view to developing the next generation of creative directors and designers. BA (Hons) Graphic Design Programme Specification 2019-2020 Thinking of applying? Find out more about our fees&housing.
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This degree is intended to provide you with the practical, technical and professional skills needed to produce graphics for traditional, experimental and commercial print based media as well as screen based, digital animation and motion graphics. Our graphics programme emphasises mixed-media experimental work as well as real-world creative problem solving. Through live briefs students will develop industry relevant digital and analogue skills. If you are interested in the graphic design of branding, advertising, communication, typography and digital artwork this course is for you. As well as offering a conceptual approach to design through mixed-media, analogue and digital technology we offer areas of specialties. For example: • Typography • Printmaking (letterpress, risograph & screen printing) • Motion graphics • Editorial design • Branding • Advertising • Packaging • Image-making & illustration • Social media platforms & website design What to expect when you join us Through this course you will have access to a wide range of industry standard equipment and software including a dedicated print studio. You will be allocated a design space in a large graphic design studio and have access to your own personal iMac throughout your three years of study. You will be working in a creative community surrounded by fellow designers, programmers, creatives, artists and illustrators. Engaging in regular workshops, technical demonstrations and critiques with tutors. During the degree, you will be encouraged to submit to national and international competitions, such as Design & Art Direction (D&AD) and Young Creative Network (YCN) Regular live projects and guest speakers form industry will enhance your portfolio and learning. Collaborative projects and placement opportunities are encouraged during your study to establish yourself as an emerging designer within this growing and fast paced industry. You will have the opportunity to develop and incorporate other areas in to graphic design such as photography, digital media and print-making. Once you have developed your base knowledge within graphic design, you will build your own design direction as you begin to specialise in your chosen field. Your final year is more industry-focused as you begin independent and self-directed projects, developing your individual voice as a designer. Graduate Destinations Our alumni are working all over the world creative areas for companies including: • Brainbox Studios • Eighty8 Design • Allgood • Bryan James Design • Curios 12 • Good Fridays Creativity Agency • Emap International Limited • Epiphany Studio • Visualsoft • BCG Ventures

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In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:
• Graphic design and narrative • Graphic design processes • Creative processes and visualisation • Visual culture
In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:
• Advanced graphic design production • Graphic design and visual identity • Graphic design specialism • Visual culture theory
In your third year (Level Six) you will explore:
• Project research and preparation • Dissertation/Report • Exhibition • Portfolios which showcase your readiness for industry • Final Major Project

STAFF

OLIVIA WATSON
OLIVIA WATSON
Programme Leader Olivia joined The Northern School of Art at the beginning of 2017, after working in industry for over ten years. Olivia's career began with her working with a number of leading graphic design and advertising agencies. Olivia’s most recent role in the industry focused on internationalising a design and fit out company. Olivia led the brand campaign in the Middle East, managing a design team and leading international design projects for the hospitality industry. Operating freelance, Olivia developed an online design business to promote local and emerging design practitioners, winning a number of national and entrepreneurial awards. She is a regular guest speaker at Digital Leaders and Woman in Digital and had worked as an enterprise mentor. Olivia’s own practice has a digital focus. She is interested in digital and motion graphics and Olivia’s expertise is in research-driven, commercially orientated design. Her keen interest is in the area where design meets business. Olivia’s skills lie in developing the student’s ability to design commercially aware graphic and digital solutions.
PAUL CLAY
PAUL CLAY
Lecturer Paul Clay joined The Northern School of Art 2009 after working in industry for over ten years. Paul is currently a senior lecturer, working across both the Graphic Design and Digital Design & Advertising programmes. Prior to joining The Northern, Paul worked for a wide range of design agencies and high profile clients as an in-house senior graphic designer across the North East, bringing with him a wealth of experience upon joining The Northern School of Art. Paul’s current work is occupied with design research and practice, focusing on community history and design for social good. Paul develops his portfolio working with local charities, in both raising awareness and proceeds to challenge social issues and promoting design for change.
KATHRYN BELL
KATHRYN BELL
Technician/Demonstrator Kathryn Bell is an artist and print technician working in the North East of England, where she graduated with a first-class honours degree in Fine Art. Kathryn is an experienced print technician who demonstrates print techniques to students in Graphic Design, Illustration and across the school. Her own work mostly includes relief, screen print and cyanotype, often combing a mixture of these processes to create hybrid prints. Kathryn is active in keeping up to date with printmaking trends and opportunities and uses this information to support students to access exciting opportunities. Kathryn is a member of People of Print, a community of printmakers, illustrators and graphic designers who are outstanding in their field. She regularly exhibits and sells her work around the UK and permanently in a store in Durham City. Kathryn is a featured printmaker with Green Door Printmaking Studio (International Print Exchange) and regularly participates in the Cascade Print Exchange (USA).

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This degree is for you if you wish to have a career in:

ART DIRECTION
BRANDING & ADVERTISING
BROADCAST GRAPHICS
COMMUNITY ARTS
GRAPHIC DESIGN
PUBLISHING, MEDIA & EDITORIAL DESIGN
STUDIO MANAGEMENT

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