Graphic Design BDes (Hons)
Graphic Design at Dundee
Graphic design is about the visual communication of ideas. Our students are challenged with a range of industry-focused design projects.
We will challenge you with a range of design projects set by tutors, external design agencies and international design bodies. Lectures, tutorials, workshops and exposure to professional bodies will all form part of your learning experience. As will our unique industry placement scheme.
We aim to provide a working environment that is reflective of contemporary professional practice. Each year-group works in a design studio, and each student has a personal work desk. We believe this helps to support good communication, a more intimate teaching environment and improved peer learning. We believe in building community.
All our students engage in the broadest spectrum of practice. This includes design for print, typography, branding and marketing, motion-graphic design, video editing and design for web and apps. Our students also work with traditional media such as screen-printing.
Did You Know?
- Graphic Design students benefit from our unique industry placement scheme
You will have the opportunity to take part in an established placement scheme, working with design agencies across the UK. You will also present your work at an end-of-year exhibition.
At the end of the course you will be able to:
- understand the graphic design process
- demonstrate an effective personal visual vocabulary
- understand historical and contemporary influences on design
- use computer aided design from initial concept to final outcome
- cohesively answer a design brief
Who should study Graphic Design?
- artistic and innovative
- attentive to detail
- a strong communicator
- interested in developing your computer and drawing skills
You want to:
- learn how to design for print and screen
- develop your computer aided design skills
- learn how to answer a design brief
Graphic design is one of three courses that comprise the communication design programme. The full list is animation, graphic design and illustration. While following your course in graphic design, you will also get a wide range of opportunities to engage with generic communication design issues.
The goal is to deliver agile and flexible graduate designers who have a broad understanding of communication design coupled with deep knowledge and expertise in their chosen subject.
Learn more about Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
For further examples of student work, staff profiles and news visit the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design website.
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
|Courses starting 2018 and 2019|
|Qualification||Level 1 Entry||Advanced Entry to Level 2|
|SQA Higher/Advanced Higher||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||BB at Advanced Higher, including art and design or a related subject and an appropriate literate subject, plus BB at Higher in different subjects including one other subject outside art and design|
|GCE A-Level||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||ABB including art and design or a related subject, an appropriate literate subject and one other subject outside art and design|
|BTEC||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM|
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||34 points including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level to include art and design or a related subject, an appropriate literate subject and one other subject outside art and design|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)|
|SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units|
|Scottish Baccalaureate||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||Pass with BB at Advanced Higher|
|Advanced Diploma||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||Grade B with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB|
|European Baccalaureate||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||75% overall with 7.5 in an Art & Design subject and 7.5 in a literate subject|
|Other Qualifications||Foundation course in Art & Design|
|Notes||All applicants must also submit a comprehensive portfolio of art/design/creative work and may be invited to attend a portfolio submission event. In some cases an interview may also be required. All qualifications should include a relevant art & design subject & a literate subject, and will be considered on an individual basis.|
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
In each year of the course, staff engage with students in small tutorial groups and on a one-to-one basis, to encourage an 'individual' response to set briefs. The studio-based programme promotes research, experimentation, analysis, evaluation, and self-criticism - all of which assist in arriving at the best possible solutions to design challenges.
How you will be taught
Your learning experience will be supported by:
- visits to design agencies.
How you will be assessed
Progress is monitored as an integral part of the teaching process. Module tutors will conduct an assessment of completed work and supporting studies at the end of each part of the module and aggregate these assessments to provide a final mark for the module.
What you will study
Students can enter Graphic Design after successfully completing our Art and Design (General Foundation) course (apply for course WW12) or on successful completion of a recognised Foundation Course or equivalent (apply for course W210).
- Tutor set briefs
- Design for print and screen
- Computer aided design
- Contextual studies
In Level 2 you will apply and develop your skills.
In Level 3 you explore.
- Tutor-set briefs
- Design for print and screen
- Live project work
- National competitions
- Contextual studies
- Business studies
- Work placement
- Elective modules such as Visual Effects, Comic Art & Graphic Novels, Printmaking etc
- Optional one semester of exchange study at an international institution
- Self-directed programme of study
- Professionally endorsed national competitions
- Supporting study elective
- Exhibitions in Dundee and London
With the wide range of skills that you will develop on the design programmes, you will be prepared not only to practise as a designer in your chosen field but also to meet the challenges of a variety of different career paths. Recent graduates have been employed in a wide variety of fields of work including:
- Freelance design
- Packaging design
- Digital based media
- Television & motion graphics
- TV/theatre set and exhibition design
- games industry
- arts management
- architectural and interior design
- lighting design
- landscape design
Placements, live project work and participation in national and international competitions all hone the employability and aspirations of our students. Students have found employment with many major design studios and organisations such as:
- Sky TV
- Xbox 360
- Wolff Olins
Others have gone on to establishing their own successful businesses. Extra curriculum activities such as the Enterprise Gym help students cultivate entrepreneurial skills.
Tom Drysdale, Junior Designer
"After the general foundation course I studied graphic design for the next three years. It is only with hindsight that I can appreciate just how beneficial those three years were for me. I quite often find myself relating experiences to lessons that I learnt during my time studying graphics. I feel that this is testament to just how well the course prepared me for life after university. I also found that the course allowed me the freedom to pursue and develop my own particular interests and skills, the benefits of which cannot be underestimated. In addition, the course tutors were great at providing both direction and encouragement a real driving force. I cannot speak highly enough of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design."
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
Fees for students starting 2018-19
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2018-19|
|Scottish and EU students||£1,820 per year of study|
|Rest of UK students||£9,250 per year of study See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£16,450 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.|
Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.
Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.
Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.
Students applying for Graphic Design must successfully complete our 1 year Art and Design (General Foundation) course. In this instance you should apply using the UCAS code WW12.
Alternatively, if you have already completed a recognised foundation course or equivalent elsewhere then apply directly to Graphic Design.
You will be prompted by our Admissions Team to submit your digital portfolio (and answer a few questions in respect of your interest in studying art & design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design), via the University of Dundee Applicant Portal, thereafter, if required, we may contact you to arrange an interview in person or via Skype.
We have more information on your portfolio in our How to Apply section.
If you require further information on any aspect of the application consideration process or the undergraduate programme in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)
|Degree||UCAS Code||Unistats Data|
|Apply Now||Graphic Design BDes (Hons)||W210|