BA (Hons) Graphic Media and Communication - 3 years

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2017
  • Duration
    3 Years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 7500.00 per year
  • Centre Location
    Taunton
  • Course Description

    This is an ideal course for you if you have an interest in one of the wide ranging disciplines spanned by the graphic arts including illustration, photography, animation, moving image, graphic design, interactive, web design, packaging or advertising. 

    Graphic Media is an ever changing dynamic subject to study. Its different disciplines span from typography to web design from information graphics to branding and illustration. You can specialise in the area that interests you most and learn in an innovative and flexible, creative environment.

    The aim of the course is to help you to develop the creative skills needed to achieve success in your future career. With this in mind, the course explores how ideas are communicated through language, images and messages. It equips you with the understanding and skills to operate effectively within the fast-moving and stimulating design sector.

    Students have the opportunity to engage in study trips to creative studios and exhibitions, regionally and nationally. Previous students have visited cities such as New York and Paris as part of their studies.

    Students who are successful in studying this programme develop a range of skills across the broad disciplines of graphic media including:

    • A working knowledge of industry-standard equipment and software. 
    • A professional understanding of the strength and usage of visual communication.
    • An understanding of how to evaluate a client's needs and to respond successfully to them.
    • Experience of working as part of a professional team, gained through group projects and work placements, and through entering national and international design competitions.
    • To develop your own visual signature, enabling you to generate and express your personal ideas and beliefs

    Find an example of the course handbook for the first two years here, and the final year here

    For more information about regulations and policies relevant to studying with the Open University please visit our Wider Information Set page.
  • Teaching and Assessment

    Teaching takes place within the newly refurbished Arts House building utilising a range of purpose-built media and design studios. Each student is provided with a dedicated studio space.

    Assessment is based on 100% course work and we undertake continuous modular assessment. Studio-based assignments are augmented by lectures, seminars and workshops throughout the year.

  • Career Progression

    Thanks to their grounding in a broad range of disciplines, all of our graphic media courses are the ideal foundation for progression onto a successful career as a Graphic Designer, Illustrator or Web Designer in advertising, marketing and creative agencies.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants require 80 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 Level) or equivalent Edexcel qualification (Extended Diploma – MMP/Diploma - DM), or Pre-degree Access Diploma. Students also require 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C (new grading system 9-4) including English and Maths or Equivalent Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.

    You will be asked to send a digital portfolio prior to interview. The portfolio must demonstrate your creative skills, subject knowledge and enthusiasm for study. We are looking for a maximum of 12 images that demonstrate a variety of skills research, design development, progressing through to final outcomes. These must include examples of drawing, sketchbooks, idea development, digital skills and finished pieces.

    The nature of study at this level requires GCSE grade A*-C (new grade system 9-4) in English and Maths or equivalent qualification. Under exceptional circumstances, a conditional offer may be made to a prospective learner to include an expectation of working towards GCSE Maths grade C or

    Level 2 Numeracy alongside completing the degree programme. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their commitment to the subject through previous experience.

    Applicants with English as their second language must have minimum IELTS Level 6 or equivalent.

  • Costs

    £7,500 per annum