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How you will learn – University of Reading

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    Work closely with our staff and make the most of our partnerships and connections

How you will learn

Our teaching draws on different ways of learning: design studio classes, small group workshops, tutorials and crits, interactive seminars, stand-up lectures, industry visits, and more. We help you engage with design from many angles and work to your strengths.

develop and excel

You will learn about multi-dimensional design processes that work across all media and platforms. We will encourage your development of strategic and project planning and expert visual judgement. We often integrate the history and theory of design into projects, and we value fluent written and spoken communication to explain design aims and outcomes. Our practical design projects are based on understanding user needs, and the belief that good design helps make lives better.

Peer-to-peer learning is an important part of of our teaching. The diversity we welcome in our students brings a wide range of perspectives to the Reading experience. Community and collaboration enable you to challenge yourself and others, enriching the experience for everyone.

The skills and abilities you will gain from our course, and through working with your peers, mean you will graduate ready to excel in a range of professional roles.

"My course is everything I hoped it would be, and better. I love the mixture of theoretical and practical projects, it does a great job at preparing you for the real world. The teaching is so diverse, each member of staff brings a different areas of expertise and skills. They're all fantastic, and I have learned something different from each of them."

Sigrid Dalland

BA Graphic Communication, international student

Outstanding teaching and support

Our academic staff are ready to support your learning. Staff have varied backgrounds and experience in design practice, history, research, and more else. We also invite leading designers to teach and share their work with us. Students work closely with staff as collaborators in learning, whether on practical design work or research projects, or on 'Real Jobs' that are part of our professional practice scheme.

Our aim is teaching that actively and flexibly supports your development of knowledge and skills, and that enables you to learn in ways that are suited to your individual needs and strengths.

Learn more about professional practice.

"Classes were always interesting and the tutors were always willing to provide advice and support whenever needed. one-to-one feedback was invaluable in helping me develop as a designer."

Emma Beckingsale

BA Graphic Communication

Read more about Emma's experiences at Reading and how Real Jobs helped with her career.

Research-led endeavour

In the most recent assessment of research in the UK (REF 2014), we were ranked first in the overall quality of our research. Our research excellence informs both what we teach and how we teach. In your learning, you will benefit from new ideas and knowledge that research brings to our teaching. And you will yourself develop a research-based process of working, whether in practical design projects, in explorations of design history and theory, or even in research collaborations with members of staff.

Our internationally significant graphic design, printing and lettering collection is an inspiring resource for research-led investigations of design history, giving you opportunities to study real artefacts up close.

Learn more about the Department's world-leading research.

partnerships and connections

We are connected to a network of design partners and professionals that benefit our course. Live briefs from industry are integrated into practical work and often involve live clients and visiting designers.

These experiences provide insights into how design is done in industry and enable you to test your interests and abilities in different strands of work. We also introduce you to previous graduates and other well known designers by inviting them to guest teach, present their work, and review portfolios reviews. We also make studio visits.

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