Graphic Design, Advertising & Illustration


Here at UCA, we’re proud to offer a strong portfolio of Graphic Design and Illustration degree courses. They provide you with good access to tuition and facilities and our staff represent a range of backgrounds and experience – from commercial advertising and graphic design, to academic research-led practice. Most are active designers participating in exciting commercial or research projects.

Resources include traditional printmaking, book production, animation, Mac suites, digital printing, 3D workshops, laser cutting, 3D printing, textiles, photography and video. You’ll have the opportunity to produce a wide variety of work here at UCA – some of our students have created typographic responses to briefs, technology-driven interactive pieces challenging identity and interface design for crisis equipment.

Live projects have included packaging of a retrospective box set for band The Pixies, animated ‘live windows’ for flagship Benetton stores and information design for the United Nations in Brussels and New York.

Study with us and you’ll strengthen your own distinct and personal area of creative practice, underpinned by critical, conceptual and technical skill which will form the basis for your future creative career. Our graduates have a critical, conceptual and contextual understanding of the subject area, as well as creativity informed by technical skills.

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Graphic Design, Advertising & Illustration courses

Graphic Design, Advertising & Illustration courses are available to study at the following locations:

UCA Canterbury

    UCA Epsom

      UCA Farnham

        Distance learning

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          Careers in Graphic Design, Advertising & Illustration

          Our Graphic Design, Advertising & Illustration courses will expose you to a world of opportunities

          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:


          • Graphic design
          • Editorial design
          • Advertising
          • Web design
          • Illustration
          • Animation
          • Publishing
          • Branding
          • Packaging
          • Typography
          • Copywriting
          • Consultancy
          • Freelance illustration

          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:

          • Eye Magazine
          • Creative Review Magazine
          • Mook
          • Brian Webb
          • Lewis Moberly
          • Why Not Associates
          • MOJO Magazine
          • BBC
          • Neoco
          • EHS Brann
          • GBH
          • Walker Books
          • The Design Museum

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