Graphic Design

BA (Hons)

Study level
3-9 years
Study location
BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Course Overview

Every modern organisation is embracing graphic design as a necessary skill for business growth. 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 degree is designed to 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. Each of the modules in this graphic design course are cutting-edge, and go far beyond the basics - providing you with everything you need to become a fully-fledged graphic designer in whatever industry you choose.

Members of the team behind this course are practitioners themselves, so the experience you gain will be real-world relevant. Learning from those in industry also gives you the opportunity to explore fields of design you may not previously have considered – so your ext career move is yours!

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On this graphic design 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.

Your teachers are international so with this bring international perspectives to widen your understanding of design practice. 


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.

Level 4

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

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work
  • Exams

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.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.


Our BA (Hons) Graphic Design undergraduate degree has standard entry requirements. To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:

  • Two subjects at GCE 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

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

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.

Find your country

Use the dropdown above to find course fees and funding information for your country. If you can’t find information for your country in the dropdown, visit our International support page.

Before getting started with your graphic design degree, it’s always nice to know the faces of who you’ll be learning from. Our graphic design team bring international experience from a range of industries and many are still active practitioners. As well as a wealth of academic experience, students can gain real world relevant experience from the academics. The use of an evidence-based approach provides students with the opportunity to develop skills that can be applied to the workplace. 

We don’t expect undergraduate students to already have a career in mind before starting their degree, especially as there’s so many exciting career paths to choose from! Instead, we aim to prepare you with a range of advanced transferable skills that employers from a variety of organisations will value, so you’ll graduate feeling confident enough to make a decision about where your future lies. 

What can a graphic design degree do for me?

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:

  • The ability to research and present different graphical languages and modes to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Analysis and evaluation of design contexts
  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • Proven ability to present findings in a range of formats including essays, presentations, reports and online forums
  • The ability to work independently and collaborate within a team
  • Problem solving
  • Independent learning
  • Develop a range of transferable skills in graphic design

What can I do after Arden University?

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: 

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

Your next step into the professional world

Achieving your BA (Hons) Graphic Design undergraduate degree will help you to accelerate your career progression. But there’s more! Beyond the core programme itself, Arden students will receive additional support and guidance, developing your employability and CV even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to student support advisors who are here for you. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

Looking to study your graphic design degree online? At Arden University, we make it easy to achieve your degree, regardless of any other commitments you may have. Our online learning models is designed to fit around your lifestyle, so you can study at a time and pace that works best for you.


Arden is for winners. Nobody will beg you to sit down and start working on your career, if you 
don’t do it yourself! Once you have an honest interest for what you learn, if you reach out for
more, you will be welcome to be helped and advised. But to do that, you must be determined. 

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Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your tutor and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.