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Course Essentials

Are you a creative thinker? Do you want to know how to apply design theory and skills in practice? If the answer is yes, this BA (Hons) Graphic Design Degree with Arden University is the programme for you.

This online degree course explores everything from typography and basic image creation to more advanced digital design and animation and is underpinned with a focus on industry and the ever-evolving medium of design technology.

Each of the modules hone your graphic design skills so that you are ready to become a Graphic Designer in whatever business you choose.

Arden's Graphic Design Distance Learning course means you can study 100% online, whenever and wherever you choose, and even around other commitments.



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Key Information

Award:
Degree
Credits:
360
UCAS Course Code:
W201
Course Title:
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
Duration:
3-6 years
Intake Status:
Intake open
Study Mode:
Distance learning
Exemptions Available:
Yes
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab
  • Course Details & Modules
  • Entry Requirements
  • Course Fees & Funding
  • Career Prospects
  • Industry Skills

On this Arden Graphic Design Degree course you will explore a broad range of digital technologies used within the creative industries. You will have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of traditional mediums, such as typography, print and layout design through the use of a suite of digital mediums.

You will be encouraged to produce a broad range of industry related projects, from traditional print and web design, to animation, video and illustration. All of the modules are delivered online by Arden University, using innovative Distance Learning techniques.

Modules

Level 4

  • Typography and Image Creation
  • Design History & Critical Thinking
  • Design and Layout
  • Illustration and Animation
  • Design Vocabulary
  • Digital & Analogue Moving Image

Level 5

  • Studio Practice I
  • Studio Practice II
  • Reading Images I
  • Reading Images II
  • Self-Promotion and Packaging I
  • Visualising Concepts

Level 6

  • Self-Promotion and Packaging II
  • Industry Competition Briefs
  • Dissertation
  • Major Project

Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing our BA (Hons) Graphic Design Programme Specification

This Distance Learning BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design has standard entry requirements. To be eligible for this course at Arden University you must have either:

  • Two subjects at A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR:
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent.

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English, you must have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element).

If you have work experience

Arden are happy to consider an application for this Graphic Design Degree from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study the programme.

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We’ll also ask you for references and evidence of relevant work experience that could help your application.

How much is my course?

2

Funding

You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees
  • You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £25,725 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Self-funding - Pay in full or Pay as you go options

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds. There is typically up to 10% off the total price if you pay this way. You can also pay as you go. This means you have no monthly obligations and simply pay for each module when you decide to study it.

Sponsorship

Because your studies will develop you as a professional your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship.

Pay in full

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds. There is typically up to 10% off the total price if you pay this way.

Pay in instalments

You can make payments over the course of their studies using our fixed payment schedule. Students will be entered into a schedule which runs alongside their course and splits their programme fees into a series of instalments.

Sponsorship

Because your studies will develop you as a professional your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Once you have completed this Graphic Design Degree course, you will have a range of skills that will appeal to a variety of employers. Not only could you become a Graphic Designer within a contemporary creative industry or freelance, there are also many other opportunities for Graphic Design graduates from Arden.

You might want to consider the following careers:

  • Publishing (book or magazine design)
  • Branding
  • Advertising
  • Digital Moving Image
  • Motion Graphics
  • Packaging
  • Television Graphics
  • Exhibition Design
  • Animation
  • Copywriting
  • Photography
  • Marketing Creative
  • Studio Manager

Visit our Knowledge Base to read our Graphic Design Subject Spotlight and take a look at the benefits of working in the Graphic Design sector.

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Arden Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

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Established in 1997, the Networking Academic has more than 9 million members – and you could become one of them!

About Cisco Networking Academy

Take a look at the video below to learn all about Cisco Networking Academy, how it works and how it can benefit you.

 

Key Benefits

Gain core skills:
Access a range of exciting IT-related topics, from basic computer skills through to cybersecurity, linux coding and digital transformation – there’s something for everyone, no matter their skill level.

Add value to your CV: 
Gain a competitive advantage in the jobs market, with courses endorsed by a multi-billion-dollar leader in the IT sector.

Get your LinkedIn badge: 
For each course you complete, you can acquire a badge for your LinkedIn profile, highlighting your skills to potential employers, and proving that you’re highly engaged and proactive in enhancing your self-development.


How does it work?

Once you enrol with Arden, you will receive access to Cisco’s online, self-paced courses through your learning platform, iLearn. Here, you’ll be able to pick and choose which courses you’d like to study.

You’ll study the course content as and when it suits you. The hours required to complete a course vary; the majority take between 30 and 70 hours.

These courses are an added extra – it’s entirely up to you whether you complete one, 10 or none at all! Your participation (or decision not to study these additional extras) won’t have any effect on your degree or the grades you receive.

Fees

No matter how many courses you study with Cisco, these are free of charge. However, if you’d like to receive a LinkedIn badge certification, this will cost between £150 and £200 per badge.

Course Details & Modules

On this Arden Graphic Design Degree course you will explore a broad range of digital technologies used within the creative industries. You will have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of traditional mediums, such as typography, print and layout design through the use of a suite of digital mediums.

You will be encouraged to produce a broad range of industry related projects, from traditional print and web design, to animation, video and illustration. All of the modules are delivered online by Arden University, using innovative Distance Learning techniques.

Modules

Level 4

  • Typography and Image Creation
  • Design History & Critical Thinking
  • Design and Layout
  • Illustration and Animation
  • Design Vocabulary
  • Digital & Analogue Moving Image

Level 5

  • Studio Practice I
  • Studio Practice II
  • Reading Images I
  • Reading Images II
  • Self-Promotion and Packaging I
  • Visualising Concepts

Level 6

  • Self-Promotion and Packaging II
  • Industry Competition Briefs
  • Dissertation
  • Major Project

Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing our BA (Hons) Graphic Design Programme Specification

Entry Requirements

This Distance Learning BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design has standard entry requirements. To be eligible for this course at Arden University you must have either:

  • Two subjects at A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR:
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent.

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English, you must have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element).

If you have work experience

Arden are happy to consider an application for this Graphic Design Degree from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study the programme.

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We’ll also ask you for references and evidence of relevant work experience that could help your application.

Course Fees & Funding

How much is my course?

2

Funding

You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees
  • You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £25,725 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Self-funding - Pay in full or Pay as you go options

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds. There is typically up to 10% off the total price if you pay this way. You can also pay as you go. This means you have no monthly obligations and simply pay for each module when you decide to study it.

Sponsorship

Because your studies will develop you as a professional your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship.

Pay in full

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds. There is typically up to 10% off the total price if you pay this way.

Pay in instalments

You can make payments over the course of their studies using our fixed payment schedule. Students will be entered into a schedule which runs alongside their course and splits their programme fees into a series of instalments.

Sponsorship

Because your studies will develop you as a professional your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Career Prospects

Once you have completed this Graphic Design Degree course, you will have a range of skills that will appeal to a variety of employers. Not only could you become a Graphic Designer within a contemporary creative industry or freelance, there are also many other opportunities for Graphic Design graduates from Arden.

You might want to consider the following careers:

  • Publishing (book or magazine design)
  • Branding
  • Advertising
  • Digital Moving Image
  • Motion Graphics
  • Packaging
  • Television Graphics
  • Exhibition Design
  • Animation
  • Copywriting
  • Photography
  • Marketing Creative
  • Studio Manager

Visit our Knowledge Base to read our Graphic Design Subject Spotlight and take a look at the benefits of working in the Graphic Design sector.

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Arden Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Industry Skills

Enhance your career with Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco Networking Academy is a platform providing IT professionals with a space to develop their careers in the industry, with study-at-home courses helping them acquire new skills at a pace that suits them.

Established in 1997, the Networking Academic has more than 9 million members – and you could become one of them!

About Cisco Networking Academy

Take a look at the video below to learn all about Cisco Networking Academy, how it works and how it can benefit you.

 

Key Benefits

Gain core skills:
Access a range of exciting IT-related topics, from basic computer skills through to cybersecurity, linux coding and digital transformation – there’s something for everyone, no matter their skill level.

Add value to your CV: 
Gain a competitive advantage in the jobs market, with courses endorsed by a multi-billion-dollar leader in the IT sector.

Get your LinkedIn badge: 
For each course you complete, you can acquire a badge for your LinkedIn profile, highlighting your skills to potential employers, and proving that you’re highly engaged and proactive in enhancing your self-development.


How does it work?

Once you enrol with Arden, you will receive access to Cisco’s online, self-paced courses through your learning platform, iLearn. Here, you’ll be able to pick and choose which courses you’d like to study.

You’ll study the course content as and when it suits you. The hours required to complete a course vary; the majority take between 30 and 70 hours.

These courses are an added extra – it’s entirely up to you whether you complete one, 10 or none at all! Your participation (or decision not to study these additional extras) won’t have any effect on your degree or the grades you receive.

Fees

No matter how many courses you study with Cisco, these are free of charge. However, if you’d like to receive a LinkedIn badge certification, this will cost between £150 and £200 per badge.

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