Graphic Design is designed to offer progression from introductory graphic-design skills and understandings in Year 1, through increasing subject expertise and specialisation in Year 2, to student-led, professional-standard project work in Year 3.
Year 1 provides a comprehensive introduction to the essential creative contexts, software applications, and professional practices related to digital design. Students share a common first year with the two other single honours digital design programmes at the Broadstairs campus: Web Design, and Video and Motion Graphics.
In Year 1, all students study hands-on modules in Graphic Design, Web Design, Lens Based Media, Motion Graphics, Creative Practice, and an underpinning theoretical module, Design Contexts.
In Year 2, students select a range of modules from those available, tailoring their studies with the skills relevant to their career objective. Compulsory ones are: Typography, Layout, Introduction to Professional Practice, and Creative Contexts. Optional modules are: Design for Print, Design for Screen, 3D Graphics, Digital Image Manipulation, Lens Based Media, Advanced Animation, and Individual Project.
In Year 3, students further develop their specialist expertise by working on a large, industry-equivalent project that demonstrates professional graphic design skills. Compulsory modules are: Major Practical Project, Mixed Media Research Methods, Mixed Media Essay, and Professional Practice. Optional ones are: Advanced Graphic Design, Advanced Web Design, and Advanced Video & Motion Graphics.