Across practically all industries, strong graphic design talent is now essential for business to grow their marketplace visibility. So, whether you’re interested in a digital design degree, a marketing career, or even a future in illustration, this graphic design course is the best way to get your foot in the door.
Exploring everything from typography and basic image creation to more advanced digital design and animation, this course will give you the upper hand in a range of creative pathways. During your studies, you’ll also learn more about the industry itself and the ever-evolving medium of design technology. The modules you’ll study on our graphic design degree are cutting-edge and go far beyond the basics - providing you with everything you need to become a fully-fledged graphic designer in the industry you feel passionate about.
The staff members behind this course are design practitioners themselves, so the experience you gain will be real-world and highly relevant. Learning from those in industry also gives you the opportunity to explore fields of design you may not previously have considered – so your next career move is wide open.
On the course you’ll get creative with a broad range of digital technologies that are used within a range of exciting industries. You’ll also have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of traditional mediums, such as typography, print, and layout design. But most importantly, you’ll learn everything there is to know about universal design, and how to apply your skills to different companies all over the world.
I really feel like Arden University has already helped me with my career, not just because of the design/marketing knowledge I gained here but because studying here gave me a lot of confidence. I used some of my freshly gained knowledge in a recent interview in a marketing and promotions role, and it felt really good to be able to get ‘real life’ achievements due to my studies this early on.
You have 3-9 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take up to three years to complete each level; however, many of our students complete the course in 3-6 years.
Like you, we believe in real-world assessments you can apply to everyday life, not exams. That’s why each assessment on this course is embedded with employability skills you can transfer to your future role, including preparing presentations, case studies, conducting real-world research and analysis. You’ll prepare a portfolio of work to showcase your acquired skills and knowledge.
At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.
To be able to study our BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree we need to see that you have:
We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.
We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this graphic design degree.
We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experiences.
Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.
Professor Marcus Leaning is Head of the School of Design and Creativity. Marcus joined Arden University in 2023 and has worked in universities for over 25 years. He has taught in the UK, Thailand, Japan and Costa Rica, is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. He is the author or editor of eight books, numerous journal articles and has given over 80 conference papers and keynotes in over 30 countries. Marcus is particularly interested in assisting neurodiverse students achieve their potential. Outside of academia, Marcus is a practicing ceramicist / potter and specialises in medieval-influenced pitchers and other historical forms.
We don’t expect undergraduate students to already have a career path in mind before starting their degree, especially as there are so many exciting career paths to choose from. Instead, we aim to prepare you with a range of universal skills that employers from a variety of organisations will value, so that you’ll graduate with the confidence to make a decision about which direction your future career should take.
Our main goal is to teach the professional and multimedia skills needed for students to excel in a range of creative industries. This course will facilitate your development of unique design methods and the innovative strategies that go with them. Some of the advanced skills you will learn include:
After graduating, you’ll have a world of opportunity waiting for you! Once you’ve completed your graphic design degree, you’ll possess skills and knowledge that are in high demand, making you a vital employee to a range of different companies and sectors. Take a look at some of the roles you may want to consider in the future:
Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway.
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include: