BA Graphic Communication

UCAS Code: W213
Mode & Duration: 3 years full-time

Course description

Reading offers a unique BA in Graphic Communication, widely recognized for its excellence. Throughout three years of study, students encounter a diversity of creative and intellectual challenges that prepare them for exciting careers in design.

Diplay of undergraduate workStudents undertake a large number of projects taught by practising designers. Projects investigate a wide array of problems involving the design of books, catalogues, posters, banknotes, CDs, stamps, maps, wayfinding and sign systems, exhibitions, websites, mobile phone interfaces and applications, screen widgets and more. Student create visualizations, prototypes and specifications, and project workbooks that document their design process.

As well as practical studio projects, students work on professional assignments that involve real clients, real budgets, and managing resources. Professional assignments often involve working closely with our pre-press team, and many are printed in-house by our Design & Print Studio. By the time our students graduate they have gained invaluable experience in dealing with clients and printers, and have compiled a portfolio that includes professionally printed design work or working websites.

While the BA Graphic Communication programme focuses on practical work, we also emphasize the history and theory of design through lectures and seminars, and through 'hands-on' use and study of our exceptional design collections and archives.

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Modules

Part 1

  • Design Practice 1
  • Digital Design Methods
  • History of Graphic Communication 1

Part 2

  • Design Practice 2
  • History of Graphic Communication 2
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Theory of Typographic & Graphic Language

Optional module:

  • Introduction to Editorial Design

Part 3

  • Design practice 3
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Skills for Design Practice 

Optional modules:

  • Screen Design
  • History of Letterforms & Typography
  • Twentieth Century Book Design
  • Use of Colour in Documents
  • Ephemera Studies
  • Design for Creative Print Production
  • Virtual Itineraries

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