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Develop sought-after design skills

We teach different ways of thinking about design – practical, historical, and theoretical.

 

You’ll become a well-rounded "thinking designer", equipped with knowledge and skills that are in high demand in the design industry.

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Stretch your mind on a serious,  scholarly course

Professor Sue Walker discusses printed materials with BA Graphic Communications students

If you're looking for a combination of academic growth and creative challenge, the BA Graphic Communication course is for you.

 

We approach design as an intellectual process. In our Department you'll use your critical thinking skills to interrogate design and develop your understanding of design history.

Gain professional experience during your degree

Student-designed rebrand for University of Reading RU Hacking society

All our students gain real-life work experience and professional work for their portfolio with our highly-regarded Real Jobs scheme.

 

Find out more about Real Jobs

Your future career

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"Studying at Reading allowed me to build a set of truly specialist skills which really stood out to employers. During the three years, I created a unique and well-rounded portfolio which opened up so many doors – one of them being the BBC Trainee Scheme!"

 

Kelly Batchelor

BA Graphic Communication graduate, formerly Junior UX Designer at BBC Radio & Music and now UX Designer at Culture Trip

We ensure you're ready for success by making employment preparation a key part of our course. 

As you study, you’ll discover the different areas of graphic communication that exist in the design industry. You'll learn about the professional experiences of working designers and previous graduates.

100% of leavers who reported their main activity to be full-time employment were in graduate level roles 15 months after the end of their course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18; First Degree, Postgraduate (Taught) and Postgraduate (Research) responders from Typography & Graphic Communication).


We prepare you by:

 

  • teaching you expert visual judgement and strategic planning – skills that employers look for in a designer
  • giving you opportunities to get professional experience that you can put on your CV
  • linking you in with professional design contacts through our industry network
  • offering intensive career workshops that include advice on creating CVs and online portfolios, as well as mock interviews with employers.

Our graduates go into a wide range of sectors, including:

 

  • user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design
  • branding
  • publishing
  • advertising
  • marketing
  • design research
  • teaching.

Life in the Department

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When you study in our Department, you'll join a friendly and supportive community of designers.

 

Find out more about our vibrant study environment and what day-to-day life is like for our undergraduate students.

Student stories

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Our students are inspired to follow their passions and become successful design professionals. Learn about their experiences of studying in our Department.

Diagram called Design How You Feel created as part of graphic communication research project.

Our research

In the last research excellence framework, we were ranked first in the UK for research in our sector (Times Higher Education Institutions ranked by subject, based on its analysis of the last research excellence framework (REF) 2014).

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Our collections and archives

Our collections and archives relating to lettering, printing and graphic design are recognised as being of international importance.

 

As an undergraduate you'll have the chance to explore these unique resources, build your knowledge of design history and develop your research skills.

Study abroad

Depending on your course, you could spend two weeks, a term, or an academic year abroad.

 

This can be part of a standard three-year degree, an extended four-year degree, or a shorter length of time such as a summer school.

 

We’ll help you decide where to go and for how long, guide you through the application process, and support you when you’re abroad.

 

To find out more about the benefits of studying abroad, and discover where you could go, visit the Study Abroad website.

 

Aanand Tank, BA Graphic Communication graduate, discusses his experience of studying abroad

Undergraduate students holding protest signs they've made