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Course Costs - Graphic Design (Graphic Illustration)

University of Suffolk covers the costs of:

  • Interlibrary Loans
  • Printing: Students at the main campus in Ipswich will be credited with the equivalent of £10 printing/copying at the start of each year. Due to the nature practical work and the evidence needed to support the process, most design modules cannot be submitted online and students have to provide printed (or digital submissions);
  • The first issue of your ID card. However you will be charged £10 to replace a lost card.
  • Digital equipment including specialist digital hardware and software specific to Graphic Design such as computer facilities and campus wide Adobe Creative Suite;
  • Basic Printmaking materials for first year study including inks, lino and other materials;
  • Professional art and design equipment available to borrow via the Department of Arts and Humanities loaning system, such as digital cameras, tripods, Wacom tablets etc;
  • Graphic Design and Illustration dedicated book and magazine resource additional to library for studio use;

Costs to prepare for:

  • Reading Lists: All core texts are available in the campus Library as a short loan, as a reference copy or as an e-book. Discounts are available in high street stores if you have an NUS Extra Card (Search online for NUS Extra for more details);
  • Students are charged for library resources that are not returned by the due date;
  • Parking on Campus: Charges are £2 a day. On average, in your first and second year you will have taught sessions on campus 3-4 days a week. In your final year you will have taught sessions on campus 3 days a week. It is advised students should prepare to come in to the university to use facilities over and above taught sessions;
  • Course trips can be run 2 or 3 times every year at each level. While these are sometimes module specific, they are optional. Costs usually range from between £20-50, depending on mode of transport and destination;
  • The course sometimes runs an international trip that is optional. The cost of such trips is dependent on location, travel details, length of trip and accommodation;
  • Students are expected to design their dissertation document. The cost can range from general printing and binding costs of £10-£20, or more bespoke online printing services such as Blurb.com, for approximately £30-£50;
  • Specialist materials will need to be bought, such as papers, layout pads, inks, drawing equipment, etc. On average, costs per module should range between £50-£100, however, this may rise to between £100-£200 for practical modules late in Level 5 and at Level 6 as students need to print professional standard prints for their portfolios, and produce realistic dummies and prototypes of 3D design work for display purposes and CD-Rs to burn module books to;
  • There is an expectation that Level 6 students fund their Degree Show, although they often take on fundraising activities throughout the year to help with this. A final year student should budget a maximum of £100 for this, but often it is much less than this;
  • There is an optional Work Based Learning module in Level 5, which students negotiate to do as a replacement for aother module. Students have to fund their own transport to this placement;
  • It is advised students invest in a portable hard-drive to back-up all their digital work. Approximate cost £50.