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Course information

Typeface design by Siu Yen Lo as part of BA Graphic Communication degree

If you've achieved well at school or college and your passion for design is strong, our undergraduate degree may be exactly right for you. 

Undergraduate courses brochure (PDF, 6.6MB)

Why study with us?

Our undergraduate course is renowned for its intellectual rigour. You'll engage in serious academic study with us as well as gaining top-level design skills and graduating with a diverse, relevant portfolio.

Student work

Emily's experience

Emily reflects on her experience studying Graphic Communication at Reading and how the diverse range of projects she had the opportunity to work on, spanning from branding to UX to editorial design, has empowered her to confidently pursue her passions and carve out a career for herself in the field of design.

Real Jobs

Real Jobs is our innovative scheme for bringing together students and clients for personalised work placements. Students work on live briefs that bring the experience of professional practice to life.

Graduate Work

We keep an archive of work for every graduating class, which ranges from experimental UX design to traditional letterpress projects. 

2020 graduate work

2019 graduate work

2018 graduate work

Degree show

Students design, promote and host their own degree show each year. Their work, in their words.

2023 degree show

2022 degree show

2021 degree show

2020 degree show

Your first year with us

Year one starter projects

Our first year begins with a series of short, unassessed exercises where you'll start exploring your creative ideas and building basic technical and design thinking skills.


Our students run their own Instagram account where they share what they value most about our course.

Baseline shift

Our student-curated programme of talks by visiting speakers, including designers and academics from around the world. It gives new students an expansive view of potential design careers and approaches.

Two students working together on a Mac computer in the corridor of the Department of Typography

Life in the Department

Enjoy small-group teaching and dedicated 24-hour studio spaces. You'll work closely with academics on real-life practical projects.

Poster advertising a Modernism in Architecture conference, on bright blue background

Applicant information

If you've already made your application, we look forward to seeing you soon. Here are some useful links to our portfolio guidance, applicant Facebook community, and applicant portal.

How you'll study

We help you engage with design from many angles and work to your strengths. Learn more about our stimulating and flexible teaching methods.
Headshot of Caroline Teng, BA Graphic Communication graduate

Caroline's story

Even after graduating, I have heard so much about the outstanding quality of Reading graduates because Reading is serious about design and design research.

Caroline Teng

BA Graphic Communication graduate

Two undergraduate students sitting on a bench chatting in Reading

Life in Reading

Step off campus and you'll find yourself in a bustling town centre offering a variety of shops, restaurants and activities. We're also well-connected – you can reach London Paddington within half an hour by train.