Graphic Design

The graphic designer of the future is a keen observer who cares about how messages are conveyed and received. They are curious, empathic, caring, and cleverly connect the unexpected to create original work to be experienced across a range of media and locations. BA Graphic Design at the University of Kent encourages you to develop your own socially-responsible and ethical design skillset generating new work through a series of challenging briefs.

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Key Facts



BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Degree Duration

4 Years :

1 year pathway + 3 years degree


Pathways Available

International Foundation Year


Start Dates

January | September

Degree Overview

Work in dedicated design studio spaces to develop your own unique style and portfolio through a series of projects inspired by identity, process, environment, form and affect. From a range of starting points – light and shadow, place and space, identity and interaction – you will generate portfolio pieces to include specialist signage, book cover designs, fundraiser catalogues, infographics, interactive design experiences, animated posters and exhibition design. Each of which takes into account project stakeholders and considers sustainability, ethics and social justice at the core.

Graphic Design is crucial to all communication, even more so today than ever before with the expansion of platforms and their interconnectivity and compatibility. Through this programme you develop and build on these fundamental principles providing you will the skills and confidence to develop your own design identity. Explore and exploit the digital age, developing a responsive practice where you are proficient working in 2D, 3D and 4D – moving images. By the end of your course, you will be fully prepared for a career in graphic design and the expanding design opportunities in the Creative Industries.

You study all aspects of Graphic Design, from typography, photography to editorial design, and importantly motion graphics. This programme provides the opportunity for resolutions that exists from beyond the page and screen into areas of experiential marketing and constructed spatial graphics. You will be fully prepared for a career in graphic design and the expanding design opportunities in the Creative Industries.

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Additional Costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the university over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

Art and Design at Kent was ranked 6th overall in The Complete University Guide 2023.

Our specialist spaces include design and dedicated model workshops; laser-cutting facilities; computer studio and labs; a digital hub; and a Digital Crit Space for presenting design proposals which includes 75-inch Clevertouch screens.

Produce live briefs for a range of clients in real-work situations and develop your capacity to showcase the World Economic Forum’s ‘Top 10 Job Skills of Tomorrow’.

Your Pathways

The IFY will prepare you for the first year of your undergraduate degree. It’s made up of several core and subject-specific modules that will give you a greater understanding of your chosen subject area. The skills you develop through this programme will help you in your chosen degree, in your future career, and in all aspects of life.

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