BA Graphic Communication

UCAS Code: W213
Mode & Duration: 3 years full-timeUG1

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Course description

Reading offers a unique BA (Hons) in Graphic Communication, widely recognized recognised 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.

Students undertake a large number of projects taught by experienced and practising designers. Projects investigate a wide array of problems involving the design of books, catalogues, posters, magazines and newspapers, music packaging, wayfinding and sign systems, exhibitions, typefaces, websites and mobile apps, 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 production team. 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 and/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.


Part 1

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

Part 2

  • Design Practice 2
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Integrated Design Methods 2A
  • Integrated Design Methods 2B

Optional module:

  • Design Thinking 

Part 3

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

Optional modules:

  • Information Design
  • History of Letterforms & Typography
  • Word and Image
  • Advanced Editorial Design
  • Typeforms

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