BA (Hons) in Graphic Design

General

Program Description

Summary

The OCA BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree curriculum focuses on the visual language of graphic design and application of creative problem solving to deliver visual solutions that communicate effectively. The combination of typography, image, and layout are the basic visual building blocks of graphic design and are explored through an investigation of visual language and dynamics, in relationship to wider visual culture and through their application in a range of design contexts.

Degree overview

A practical and contextual understanding of typography and type design is introduced at HE Level 4 and extended at Level 5 of this Graphic Design Open degree. Editorial design, infographics, wayfaring, branding, campaigning, and identity design are introduced as specialist practices at Level 5. Students are encouraged to expand their definitions of graphic design through an exploration of contemporary practices and the relation to on-going developments in print, new media and other forms of communication.

Degree aims

  • To offer high quality and stimulating study material and tutor support through which students can develop a specialist understanding of graphic design practices
  • To provide flexibility for students to meaningfully establish their own creative voice and a personal and/or professional understanding of their practice
  • To develop autonomous learners capable of applying their skills, knowledge, and understanding creatively within a range of contexts

The creative sector employs 1.9 million people in the UK alone.

By studying the OCA BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree, you can kick-start your career in the creative industries by working part-time or doing an internship whilst gain ing your academic qualifications at the same time.

Last updated September 2018

About the School

The Open College of the Arts was founded in 1987 by Michael Young, Lord Young of Dartington, the driving force behind numerous citizen-centred and educational initiatives such as the Consumers Associa ... Read More

The Open College of the Arts was founded in 1987 by Michael Young, Lord Young of Dartington, the driving force behind numerous citizen-centred and educational initiatives such as the Consumers Association, the National Extension College and the Open University. Read less