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BA (Hons) Graphic Communication

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West Suffolk College


Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).


This course is delivered at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.

If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, we may still be able to consider you. If you’re interested in applying, call our Clearing Hotline to discuss your suitability for study.


The course has built up an impressive track record for work-based learning and has an extensive network of contacts. Live commercial briefs and work placements (six weeks) ensure that the training provided equips students with the relevant professional skills and employability. Students have been provided with a range of valuable enrichment visits to local industry. Entry into professional Graphic Design has never been more competitive and so continual exposure to industry is becoming an increasingly important element of undergraduate education. Visits to industry of this nature also help to prepare students for entering their arranged work-placements at the end of the second year of the programme. The second-year internship programme is perhaps one of the most important aspects of the course as it enables students to gain invaluable, real world experience in a sector of their choice. Students studying on the course have been working in a number of placements across the region and beyond in a range of professional Graphic Design roles. This valuable experience not only adds to their creative skills, but also provides them with essential industry experience sought by prospective employers.



Callum Phillips Level 6

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In the third year students are encouraged to explore and produce contemporary solutions to graphic communication problems, challenging pre-conceptions of graphic design and to develop as creative thinkers.  The aim is to help students become creative, well-rounded and knowledgeable individuals capable of developing and leading in this rapidly advancing industry. To enhance the employability of graduates the course provides a range of direct industry experiences. Students benefit from close links with design agencies in the UK, visiting lecturers and speakers and live and collaborative projects. The course actively supports start-up creative businesses with training in aspects of business practices, copyright, finance and other related areas of legislation.  Although there are no formal work placements, students are expected to maintain employer/mentor contacts to inform their work. Students are expected to exhibit work at the end of the course. An annual in-house design consultancy award is offered through one of our employer contacts consisting of a work-placement in the UK.  

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Emma Walling Level 6

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Graduates from this course are well prepared for a range of professional opportunities in fields such as advertising, branding, digital media, publishing and illustration. Previous graduates have benefited from exhibiting at New Designers in London with a host of offers for internships and freelance work and employment from renowned brands such as Twentieth Century Fox, Sky and the BBC. This provides a great opportunity for networking with agencies outside of the local region. Creating connections between our students and the creative industry is an important element of the course providing the opportunity to showcase their skills to a range of employers to help support their transition from education to the workplace. 


HE Graduate Degree Show 5th - 24th June 2018

Motion is a collection of graduate work from BA (Hons) Graphic and Communication Design. The diverse body of work on show this year is a culmination of the students' final year's work, demonstrating their creativity, curiosity and raw talent as designers. This year more than ever our students have opened up to the outside world and have tackled some challenging commercial and self-initiated briefs, demonstrating their ability to transform an idea and message into a successful and highly professional design solution. 

The preview night of the show was a fantastic evening of celebrations taking place at the Apex Gallery in Bury St Edmunds. The evening was very well supported and it was a true celebration of the effort and talent by the students. The standard was incredibly high with above national bench mark top grades. Several students won awards sponsored by local employers and the University:


The University Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement went to Alice Jenkins 39 yrs. of age from Haverhill.

“I’m surprised and delighted to have received the award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. This is a reassurance that I’m on the right course & helps to instill a confidence in my abilities.” 

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Rik Groves collecting his award

Lewis Bull Level 6 winner for the Creative Entreprise Award and Ric Groves Level 6 winner for the Innovation Award

The Jacob Bailey Award for Innovative Design went to Ric Groves 45 yrs. of age from Bury St Edmunds.

“I was delighted to receive an award from Jacob Bailey for my designs. Pushing innovation within graphic design is something I'm passionate about with my work and it's fantastic to be recognised for this.”

The Coastline Award for Creative Enterprise went to Lewis Bull 30yrs of age from Thurston.

“I’m humbled to have won the ‘Creative Enterprise Award’ from Coastline Graphics. If you would have told my 16 year old self you were going to have a 1st class honors degree & win an award for it, I would never have believed it.”

Foreign Residential Trip to Barcelona February 2018

Barcelona proved to be a perfect destination for our annual Art & Design study trip, allowing our students from the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College the opportunity to appreciate first hand this city's stunning landmark buildings, such as Sagrada Familia, the MACBA, the Fundació Miró and La Pedrera. The breathtaking works of master architect Antoni Gaudí and his modernist contemporaries truly define Barcelona as a center for creative expression. The student visited a number of key galleries and museums gaining an insight into the ground-breaking work of Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso and Dali. Many other works of art could be found by just strolling around the city's streets and colourful markets. This trip was brilliant for not only the cultural exposure enriching the students wider learning experience but also for forming long lasting memories and new friendships.

Staff Quote

 “An all-round fantastic time was had by all.”  Sian Horn. Course Leader BA(Hons) Graphic and Communication Design.  

Student Quotes

“Great fun, once in a lifetime experience, would love to go back again.”

“An epic team bonding experience, and exciting city”

“A really good trip well organised, cram- packed with lots to see and do”

For anyone wondering about taking a Creative Degree at West Suffolk College, what better way to learn more about the course but attend one of the HE Open Events. We would be delighted to give you a tour of the facilities and show you some examples of our student work.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Introduction to Typography
Visual Communication
Digital and Emerging Technologies
Work Based Learning
History of Contemporary Graphic Design
Research Methods
Editorial and Publication Design
Advanced Divergent Thinking
Negotiated Project
Integrated Media and Digital Communications
Commercial Collaboration and Specialist Pathways
Signature Brief

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £13,330 p.a.

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    Entry requirements

    If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, we may still be able to consider you. If you’re interested in applying, call our Clearing Hotline to discuss your suitability for study.