Working with students


In addition to providing in-house design and print services to campus, DPS plays a crucial role for one of the University's top-rated courses.

DPS shares a building with Typography, and grew out of the Department. We help to provide a unique learning environment for Typography students, allowing them to engage with professional design and print staff and equipment. Typography students gain valuable insights into the industry that many will be entering after graduation.

DPS staff support hands-on practice through the 'Real Jobs' scheme, arrange industry visits to commercial printers, and give lectures and seminars - sharing our knowledge of printing methods and our design expertise. 

We value this close link with students. Though it makes us feel older every time a new intake arrives, it reminds DPS staff of our motivation for working at Reading - to be part of a world-class university.

Information for clients

The graphic design service that DPS provides is integrated with undergraduate study in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication. As part of their course, Typography students design projects for clients from within the University and from the local area. DPS manages the production of these jobs.

Students are supervised through these real jobs by members of academic staff - who are also practicing designers - working closely with DPS. Many of the jobs which students design are printed in house, giving them the opportunity to see every stage of the production process from pre-press to proofing and printing.

This is an excellent way to get first-rate design if you have a limited budget and a keen interest in working alongside undergraduates. Instead of a design fee, we ask for a small donation of £100 that goes to a special fund for students that helps with course expenses. Students develop their real-world skills, and you, the client, get access to up-and-coming design talent.

If you are interested in working with students for your next project please call Dr Rob Banham on 6399

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  • If you are interested in working with students for your next project please call Dr Rob Banham on 6399

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