• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

If you have a flair for design and want to improve your creative talent, Graphic Arts will give you the opportunity to develop those abilities. Graphic Arts brings together many elements of the graphics industries into one course including typography, illustration, branding, advertising, film, publishing or photography. You’ll enjoy working with our community of enthusiastic and friendly students, in our huge design studio. Students rate our course highly, hitting a 88 per cent score for satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016.

A portal into many different areas of design
With so many design options to choose from, we understand that you may not know which to study. We’ve designed this course so you can try everything. If you find that you really enjoy illustration or graphic design for example, you can specialise in those areas during your second and third years.

Work in a professional environment on campus
Our course gives you many opportunities to explore the diverse world of graphics. As you move into the higher levels of the course, you’ll have the freedom to write and present your own briefs, and start realising your ideas. Every week, you’ll work with a tutor who will critique your work and help you improve your designs. Presentations with other students help prepare you for working in an agency where you may have to present your ideas to a client.

Our live briefs come from a range of companies, such as Puma and Williams Murray Hamm. To build your experience, we encourage work placements with companies we have long relationships with. We’ve had students working for publishers, agencies and magazines such as Wallpaper, Dragon Rouge, Rankin, Quarto Books, Metropolis and Holmes & Marchant.

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Course Details


Graphic Arts is just one of the courses that give students the skills to work as a graphic designer. We also have two other design courses that run alongside Graphic Arts – Graphic Design and Illustration. In your first year all the students learn together before specialising in Graphic Arts or taking one of the other options.

Enjoy graphics abroad
Our second year students get the chance to study on Erasmus, a European exchange programme. You’ll have the opportunity to study design in creative institutes in countries such as Belgium, Denmark, France, and Germany.

We also have a New York trip in the spring with visits to agencies, design, film and multi-media companies, and a trip to a European design capital such as Paris or Barcelona.

Be inspired by our team of lecturers and professional designers
Our teaching team consists of seasoned professionals who still work in their specialist disciplines. With London only a short train ride away, we also have many visiting designers from the capital running blocks of workshop-based sessions in fields as diverse as bookbinding, branding, typography and ethical design.

Expert facilities for all your design needs
You’ll work in a design studio alongside a diverse community of designers, each working on their own briefs. You’ll have access to a wide range of equipment. At Bucks, we have some of the best printing equipment in the area – such as silkscreen, letterpress and litho printing, as well as 3D printing and laser cutting technology.

On campus, you’ll study in a creative community. You’ll study in a close knit tutor group where you’ll know everyone. Not only will you make friends for life, you’ll also make important industry connections that will last through your career. Bucks students form a network, just like you’ll find in any design company.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 49 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 586 hours
Independent learning: 614 hours

Year 2: 38 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 454 hours
Independent learning: 746 hours

Year 3: 31 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 371 hours
Independent learning: 829 hours


You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.

Year 1

95 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Year 2

90 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 10 percent practical

Year 3

100 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 0 percent practical

Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.


You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.


Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Getting Connected
  • Ideas
  • Skills
  • Specialism

Year 2 Modules

  • Making Choices
  • Authorship
  • Competitions
  • Professional Studies

Year 3 Modules

  • New Model Dissertation
  • Autonomy
  • Industry


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

Full Time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

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Student Testimonials

Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.

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Jordan Abankwah

Graphics at Bucks New University has taught me to be a much better independent learner; the experience on the course has pushed me to look deeply at my own analytical skills.

I found the essay writing portion of the course to be particularly helpful, as a student with learning difficulties the University supported my needs very well.

The creative coursework portion of the course teaches deep thinking and is very ideas based, my time at Bucks has taught me to explore the contextual research of my projects widely before moving forward.

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Connie Boulton

The course provides lots of knowledge into the area of graphic arts. The first year takes you through a range of disciplines and really helps to outline where your interests and strengths are in the field.

The contact time with tutors is incredible, even outside of planned tutorial times. This brings the students together and makes the course feel more like a community. The studio space in the university campus is a great hub for the course. Students are allowed to make the area their own and are each allowed their own desk space.

The course's connections with people in the industry are strong, with many guest speakers coming in to show their work and provide workshops.


What are my career prospects

We have a high employment rate with many of our graduates going into work or further education after the course. As we teach you a wide range of skills and abilities, you’ll be prepared for a multitude of different areas. We have graduates in typography, illustration, web design, advertising, publishing and some have even started their own companies in the industry.

We’re really proud of our graduates, whose profiles tell their own story:

  • Si Scott has built an international reputation for his luscious typographic imagery, used in campaigns for Casio, Nike and Orange.
  • Craig Ward is a freelance typographer and design writer based in New York.
  • Dominic Bell has had a range of high-profile art direction roles including Wallpaper Magazine.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Career Planning pages to find out more.


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