This graphic design degree course offers the opportunity for learners to become creatively capable, critically informed, professionally aware, and culturally sensitive. You will work individually and collaboratively to produce extraordinary work in a modern studio environment. 

We offer all our students a unique and engaging learning environment. Investigation takes place practically through materials and process, theoretically through research and analysis, and is rooted in professional practice. The relationship between critical theory, professional contexts, and design is vital. Problem-solving encourages increasingly individual exploration of processes and techniques. 

Collaboration is central to our ethos and essential in developing design practice that has a readiness for professional application. We believe that an understanding of the collaborative role of the designer and appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary design is significant for a successful engagement with the creative industries.

Our links with studios and agencies are extensive and external engagement is a course strength. We draw a range of industry speakers who represent the diverse creative community and student cohort. Experts run workshops on professional and practice-based specialisms, give studio talks and lectures, and portfolio surgeries. Live briefs are also set by studios, individual practitioners, and organisations within the wider creative sector and beyond.

We encourage engagement with the creative sector, which develops the confidence and understanding to allow you to make informed decisions about the future, whether preparing for this exciting industry or further study.


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Please apply direct to the University for our BA (Hons) Graphic Design course using the links below.

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What You'll Study

Year One – Working in dedicated design spaces, you will focus on the fundamentals of visual language. You will investigate methods and design practice around type, language, image, narrative, meaning, and message. You will also explore typography, print, drawing processes, and screen-based media to form a comprehensive understanding of graphic design.

Year Two – Taking a more self-directed role, you will develop your design practice, critical assessments, and seminars. This is where audience, context, distribution, and ethical issues become fundamental to your practice. We run group workshops and challenge you with innovative live briefs from real industry partners.

Year Three – Build on your understanding of professional practice, business, marketing skills, and project management. You will develop a dynamic portfolio of work by participating in a series of self-directed competition briefs as well as creative exhibitions. These industry experiences and professional networks support employment opportunities and advance your understanding of interests you may wish to pursue in your career.

Work Experience

Work experience covers a broad range of activities and students are encouraged to undertake work placements, engage with industry as well as plan for further study during their time at university. As well as guidance from the course team our Careers, Employability and Enterprise team offer support that enhances employability skills and underpins engagement with industry.

In the past work experience has been undertaken across sectors such as branding/identity, packaging, information graphics, digital, editorial and publishing. Companies that students have recently secured placements within include: Apple, Build, Creative Review, Elmwood, Moving Brands, Harewood House Estate and Robot Food.


Students have won countless awards including D&AD New Blood Award, International Society of Typographic Designers, Penguin Book Awards, YCN Student Awards, RSA Student Design Awards and Starpak Students Awards. 

Course Specification

Contact Hours and Teaching/Learning Methods

Undergraduate degree courses at Leeds Arts University are delivered and supported through a range of teaching and learning strategies. Courses are made up of modules, these are elements of study that are taught and assessed separately. Each module carries a clearly identified credit value, the accumulation of which will allow you to progress to the next level of the course. Around 100 hours of learning are expected for every ten credits of the course. Each level (year) of the course is made up of 120 credits and therefore requires 1200 hours of learning. Teaching is split over 2 semesters; each semester has 13 weeks of teaching and 2 weeks of assessment. 

For further information visit Undergraduate teaching & learning at Leeds Arts University.

Destination Careers

Graduates go into a wide range of careers within graphic design which include working within a studio as part of a design team, in house or set up their own studios. Careers include editorial design, branding, packaging, typography, printmaking, design for screen and more! Graduates may also continue to postgraduate study. 

Entry Requirements

We’re looking for students with the best potential to succeed - irrespective of their background. That’s why we welcome a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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Tuition Fees and Other Costs

Tuition Fees

Our current fees are listed here.

Other Costs

Further costs of study are related largely to the costs of materials and depend very much on how individual students choose to respond to University briefs.

The costs below are the result of asking our students to state how much they spend during the year and creating an average, as such they are indicative only.

Equipment and Materials

  • Level 4 (First Year)
    Materials, printing etc. £150-£200
  • Level 5 (Second Year)
    Materials, printing etc. £150-£275
  • Level 6 (Third Year)
    Materials, printing etc. £150-£350

The University pays a contribution to the costs of materials each year of study along with a further payment at Level 6 to help prepare your portfolio and/or promote your work professionally.

Computers and Digital Equipment

Teaching and learning are supported through access to some online events and learning materials. This might include visiting speakers or the chance to review lectures that have been recorded. The University also uses a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to support learning. There are a range of computer facilities across the University available to access Monday to Saturday including weekday evenings. If you are intending to buy a computer we suggest you wait until you start your course. You will quickly find out what you do and don’t need. The Course Team will be able to offer you advice on what to buy and where to purchase it from, based on your creative needs and budget.

Books, Online Subscriptions and Competitions

There is an extensive range of books, text and online resources available through our library. There will also be opportunities to submit to national and international com-petitions and live projects as part of your course. These resources are directly re-lated to your studies and highlighted in modules as you progress through the course. Throughout your time on the course you may choose to purchase your own copies of key texts, subscribe to online networks and enter non-compulsory competitions. These may cost up to an additional £100 per year.

Educational Visits and Off-Site Activities

Educational visits to enhance your experience may take place throughout the course and can range from a visit to a UK conference, exhibition or gallery, to a European or international study trip. All trips requiring a student financial contribution are optional and costs will always be kept as affordable as possible. We do not guarantee that we will run international visits. The decision is made annually based on availability, cost and the number of students required to make the trip viable.

We provide support for undergraduate students dependent upon their financial circumstances. Visit Undergraduate Finance for further information.

Terms & Conditions and Key Information

International Opportunities / Visiting and exchange students

We are delighted to welcome undergraduate visiting and exchange students from Europe and around the world who would like to spend a semester or a full academic year taking credits from our exciting range of courses. You will be fully integrated into the academic and social life of the University during a period of full-time supervised study and your credits transferred back to your home institution.

You can join us through programmes such as Erasmus+, individual university partnerships or as an independent applicant. Please see here for more information and how to apply.

Leeds Arts University students interested in spending some time overseas can find information on the international opportunities available during your course here.

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