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January, April, July, October
36 – 72 months
From £14,150
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Arden University
Are you a creative thinker? This online bachelor’s degree programme will give you the vital skills needed to go on and pursue a career in the creative industries.
The BA (Hons) Graphic Design from Arden University develops students’ understanding of the core principles of art, design, and visual culture. On the course you’ll learn how to visually communicate ideas creatively, while exploring traditional and contemporary technologies to produce innovative aesthetic designs. The assignments on the course will allow you to build up a portfolio of work and a digital sketchbook in which you’ll be able to demonstrate the skills you’ve learned to future employers.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the BA (Hons) Graphic Design will possess career-ready skills in:

  • Understanding the core principles of visual design
  • Applying design theory and skills in practice
  • Using contemporary technologies to implement design ideas
  • Implementing creative design solutions for commercial purposes
  • Producing design from traditional print and web design, to animation and video
  • With Arden University, you’ll have access to an engaging and easy to navigate online learning platform called ilearn. Available on desktop and mobile devices, ilearn supports and encourages you to take control of your studies. Providing everything you need to complete your programme in one accessible place, ilearn features:

    • A virtual classroom, library, diary, and lecture theatre rolled into one
    • All of your modules, study materials, career support, and schedules
    • Downloadable module materials so you can access the course when offline
    • Access to an online library containing thousands of e-journals, e-books, podcasts, and videos
    • Engaging forums where you can interact, debate, and discuss ideas with your tutors and fellow students
  • This course has standard entry requirements. To be eligible for this course through the standard entry requirements you must have either:

    • Two subjects at GCE A level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; or
    • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent
    • For students whose prior learning was not taught in English, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent is required

    Arden University are happy to consider an applications from students who are highly motivated to study the programme. This will require a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course, and evidence of relevant work experience.

  • The modules on this bachelor’s allow you to explore a range of digital technologies used within the creative industries. You’ll develop an understanding of the crucial aspects of graphic design such as typography, print, and layout design through the use of a range of digital mediums. Industry-related projects will give you a chance to apply these theoretical skills practically, looking at skills such as traditional print and web design, animation, video and illustration.

    On this bachelor’s degree programme you will study the following modules:

    Level 1

    • Typography & Image Creation
    • Design History & Critical Thinking
    • Design & Layout
    • Illustration & Animation
    • Design Vocabulary
    • Digital & Analogue Moving Image

    Level 2

    • Studio Practice I
    • Studio Practice II
    • Reading Images I
    • Reading Images II
    • Self-Promotion and Packaging I
    • Visualising Concepts

    Level 3

    • Self-Promotion and Packaging II
    • Industry/Competition Briefs
    • Dissertation
    • Major Project

    The dissertation and final major project give you a chance to demonstrate the skills you’ve learned in the previous modules, and apply your design knowledge to a larger industry-focused project.

  • Graduates of this bachelor’s degree programme will be able to demonstrate a range of sought-after skills to prospective employers. You’ll have the ability to apply creative and innovative solutions to meet commercial objectives, opening up a range of potential jobs either as a freelancer, or in full-time employment in a variety of industries.

    Graduates of this bachelor’s programme might consider the following careers:

    • Publishing (book or magazine design)
    • Branding
    • Advertising
    • Digital moving image
    • Motion graphics
    • Packaging
    • Television graphics
    • Exhibition design
    • Animation
    • Copywriting
    • Photography
    • Marketing creative
    • Studio manager
  • If you’d like to apply, please click on the Apply Now or Start Application button on the page. Please fill in the form and provide as much detail as possible so we can properly advise you on the next steps. Once you’ve submitted your application form, one of our dedicated course advisors will contact you within 48 hours.

Faculty and Students

Martin Lithgow, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, United Kingdom
‘’Would I recommend Arden? Yes, I would. It has given me purpose, self-fulfillment, confidence, and the potential to work in my chosen field.’’
— Martin Lithgow, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, United Kingdom
Dominika Stevens, Arden student, United Kingdom
Distance learning is the way forward when your life does not allow for regular attendance at university. I can only recommend it to anyone considering it.’’
— Dominika Stevens, Arden student, United Kingdom
‘’After researching different options, I chose Arden University because of its online delivery method, and to have the flexibility of fitting my studies around a full-time job.’’
— Scott Nicholson, Arden student, United Kingdom
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