Graphic design is a constantly evolving field, sitting at the forefront of new technology and an essential part of every company, whether in branding, communications, product design or marketing. In 2016, there were 1.69 million people employed in design roles, representing a growth of 52 per cent between 2009 and 2016, and offering employment opportunities spreading far beyond the creative industries (creativeindustries.co.uk).
Our portfolio of graphic design, advertising and illustration courses will teach you high-level technical knowledge, helping you to fulfil your creative potential. Our programmes are relatively small, providing you with excellent tuition and a huge array of facilities – perfect for finding your voice as a designer.
Our academic staff hold a wealth of experience in a range of disciplines. Many are active practitioners in their field, bringing valuable brands into the classroom, such as the Nescafé ‘Azera by Design’ project and window displays for Benetton’s flagship stores.
Each of our campuses has a variety of resources available for you to take advantage of, such as stop-motion studios, printmaking and book production studios, digital suites with Macs and the latest design and editing software, 3D printing and workshops, laser cutting, textiles, metal and woodworking, photography, video and much more.
You’ll work on live briefs from industry contacts specific to your course, giving you the opportunity to gain real industry experience and build an impressive and diverse portfolio which will prepare you for an exciting creative career.
Graphic Design, Advertising & Illustration courses are available to study at the following locations:
With our close connections to many big names such as the Association of Illustrators, Penguin Books, Victoria and Albert Museum, Eye Magazine, news publishers like MOJO Magazine and the BBC and agencies such as Wieden+Kennedy, Mother, Bartle Bogle Hegarty and Ogilvy & Mather to name but a few, UCA students learn first-hand from trained professionals and have access to rewarding work placements.
Our graduates have achieved high-profile roles with many leading companies, including Harper Collins, Burberry and Channel 4. Recent graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of roles, in areas such as:
Our team of experienced tutors bring with them years of expertise and business contacts from many companies and industries, giving you the opportunity to network with distinguished names, including:
Find out what some of our students and graduates think about their time at UCA
"The main aspect I loved about the course was the broadness of work you could produce – I never thought I could create what I have in the past three years. This course encouraged me to try new things as well as embrace my strengths. "
"Studying Graphic Design at Epsom, I’ve learned an array of new creative skills, including using Adobe programmes, idea generation and typography skills. One element about UCA that initially took my eye and that has helped throughout my time so far, is the facilities, especially the various printing rooms including the screenprint and the letterpress facilities. "