Graphic Design - BA (Hons) Top up

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University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
September 2021
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Course Details

This course has been designed to build on existing design related experience and help further develop and support students to fulfil their ambitions and function professionally in the design arena.

On the top up course, you will enhance your passion for high level ideas generation in your chosen pathway and will develop the links between technology and the user. The course also helps you undertake the professional networking possibilities communicating with leading industries in your field to set the fundamental foundations needed to ‘go it alone’ or as part of a team when you graduate.

The programme is designed to allow you to work more independently whilst exploring your chosen pathway with the aim of progressing into employment or further study at MA level. You will be asked to keep a portfolio of work to track your development as a designer towards the goals you set for yourself in consultation with your personal tutor. We aim to train you to take responsibility for your own learning and career development, to be able to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and conduct a skills audit to develop a critical practice. As a member of the team you will undertake external and internal work experience in our 'design studio' as part of a professional studio practice based environment.

You will study a range of core modules, including:

  • Graphic Design Set Project
  • Final Project
  • Graphic Design External Project
  • Design Culture and Society 3
For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.
One year, full time or two years, part time.
All students who successfully complete this degree may have the opportunity to progress onto a Master’s level qualification at the University of Central Lancashire or another higher education provider, or may wish to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, graduates may wish to progress into full time employment as part of a design studio or work freelance achieving your own work balance.

On successful completion of this qualification, potential career paths may include:

  • Accounts Manager
  • Brand Designer/Strategist
  • Creative Director
  • Design Studio Based
  • Editorial
  • Freelance Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Publication and Advertising
  • Web Based Media

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We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

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If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email

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