Universities for Graphic Design

At the weekend, The Sunday Times printed their Good University guide for 2016. This is a great resources for seeing how a university is performing overall. However, if the engineering department isn’t pumping out the next James Dyson it could make the future-carving graphics department look second rate too.

Before you get hung up on the stats, there are a number of ways to rank your options. When it comes to making your final three choices, the most important factors are those that are personal to you.

Look at past students work to get a feel for the style or direction it takes and go to open days for valuable insight to the facilities. Your careers service and lecturers are also a great source of advice as they know your direction and could give you some individual suggestions.

Study Graphic Design

Entry requirements will be guided in part by your results but it is usually good to aim high if you can. Universities with higher expectations at the beginning are looking to work with the most dedicated so you should get a better lecture experience. You should get a more interesting array of people to work with on your projects and to help challenge you creatively.

Another important factor is lecturer/student ratio. This will mean more face time with the people that matter most. Not all rankings feature this as it is tricky to measure. When you have a shortlist, ask universities what the group size is in tutorials, that is the time you will have the most questions and be in need of support with skills and technology.

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Hopefully, the main reason for going to university is to improve your employment opportunities at the end of it, the student lifestyle and socialising should remain an added benefit!

Although you should not get hung up on the stats, looking at employment rates for graduates and average earnings can help you create a that short list. These are based on the percentage of graduates in employment within 6 months of completing their course.

We have combined information from What Uni, Unistats and Which University to create this top 10 list, so in alphabetical order…

Bournemouth
The Arts University Bournemouth
Location: South Coast
Average Graduate Salary: £17k
Course details: Optional units in Branding, Information Graphics, Editorial Design, Motion Graphics.

Canterbury
Canterbury Christ Church
Location: Kent, South East
Average Graduate Salary – £19k
Course details: Modules include Web Design, Lens based media, 3D graphics, Animation and Motion Graphics.

Coventry
Coventry University
Location: West Midlands
Average Graduate Salary – £19k
Course details: Four Key elements, typography, visual communication, design in context an integrated design.

Derby
University of Derby
Location: East Midlands
Average Graduate Salary: £16k
Course details: Varied assignments including moving image, branding & packaging.

Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh
Location: Scotland
Average Graduate Salary: £18k
Course details: A strong focus on conceptual thinking and vocational based enterprise.

Hertfordshire
University of Hertfordshire
Location: West Midlands
Average Graduate Salary – £18k
Course details: Pathways in graphics or illustration, skills cover typography, print making and software, including interactive and motion graphics.

Kingston
Kingston University
Location: South West London
Average Graduate Salary – £19k
Course details: A broad skill set to encompass a diverse industry while encouraging a highly individual portfolio.

Norwich
Norwich University of the Arts
Location: Norfolk, East Anglia
Average Graduate Salary – £16k
Course details: A broad approach including photography, interactive communication web and packaging.

Nottingham Trent
Nottingham Trent University
Location: East Midlands
Average Graduate Salary – £21k
Course details: A broad course including traditional graphics design, interactive, animation and moving image.

Ravensbourne
Ravensbourne
Location: Central London
Average Graduate Salary – £21k
Course details: Key design areas, data visualisation, service design and creative coding.

Statistical Resources
http://www.whatuni.com
http://university.which.co.uk
http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/

If this has been helpful, why not check out our infographic ‘How to really annoy a Graphic Designer‘ to prepare yourself for your future career!

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  • What are you meaning by “Average Graduate Salary”? Are you meaning the University will pay this to students who will get admitted there? Anyway thank you for publishing the top universities here which should be considered for admission.

    • Dean Williams

      Thank you for your comment. The ‘average salary’ refers to the amount students go onto earn when in employment after their graduation at University.

  • Danny Molt

    Thank you for your comment. The ‘average salary’ refers to the amount students go onto earn when in employment after their graduation at University.