Our studios are creative spaces with an innovative and engaging atmosphere. You will benefit from exposure to the structures and disciplines of a studio environment, learning how individual and collaborative creativity combine to produce work.

This course will encourage you to develop your own voice, opinions and individual understanding of graphic design. You will build the discipline and skills you need to succeed in a professional environment, such as peer presentations, group feedback sessions and collaborative projects. You will explore how the application of type and image can solve problems and communicate ideas, which will engage and challenge your audience.

The BA (Hons) Graphic Design course offers opportunities to collaborate with creatives from other disciplines with different skills to your own. Developing your creative understanding you will be able to communicate both visually and verbally. You will gain a wider understanding of the creative, social and ethical context of contemporary visual culture. You will seek problems to solve and audiences to connect with.

Our industry links are extensive, with an array of visiting professionals delivering lectures, seminars and workshops, and setting live briefs.


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

Home applicants

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International applicants

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If you need any assistance completing the form please contact the Admissions team at admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk.

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What You'll Study

Year One — Focusing on the fundamentals of visual language you will investigate methods and design practice around type, language, image, narrative, meaning and message. You will explore typography, print, drawing processes, and screen based media.

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.

Year Three — You build on your understanding of professional practice, business and marketing skills, and project management. Working on a series of self-directed, negotiated and competition briefs, you will be supported to build your own individual and dynamic portfolio of work as well as exhibitions.

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. 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. This equates to 40 hours of study per week throughout the academic year.

For every 100 hours of study, approximately 25 hours are delivered as taught or staff-led sessions and the remaining hours are a combination of other types of supported learning and independent study.

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.

Click here to view our entry requirements

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. At the start of the first year you will be provided with a starter kit of equipment and materials that will help you during the first few months of the course. You will be provided with basic materials to help you complete set briefs. As you progress through the course, you will incur additional costs depending on the level and complexity of the work you are making and the materials you use.

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

Our course is offered using a blended learning model which means you will need to access some course materials and video conference using a computer or mobile device (eg laptop, tablet or smartphone). If you are intending to buy a computer for your studies we suggest that you wait until you get here. You will quickly find out what you need and what you 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. If you do not have access to a mobile device, are unable to afford one and are in receipt of a full maintenance grant you may be eligible for further support from our hardship fund, more information can be found here.

You will have access to a range of digital equipment in course studios and central re-sources throughout your studies. You may decide to purchase your own equipment as your studies progress which may result in additional costs. These may include:

Wacom drawing tablet £70-£300
Mac or PC £500-£1800
External hard drive £50-£120
Digital camera £100-£250

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

Due to the uncertainties caused by the pandemic no residential trips are currently planned. This situation will be assessed and reviewed as the course progresses so that opportunities for educational visits further afield can be explored. Costs for such trips are in addition to other costs but attendance is not mandatory. 

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.

Questions? Contact international@leeds-art.ac.uk

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