Top 10 reasons to study Graphic Communication at BCU

If you have a passion for graphic design and a desire to work in the creative industries, our diverse, practice-led BA Graphic Communication course could be the one for you. From highly experienced tutors to industry-standard facilities, we’ve compiled the top ten reasons why this degree is an excellent step towards pursuing your dream creative career.

1. Our industry partnerships

You can benefit from our strong links with industry partners, who set live project briefs for students to work on during the course. This experience working with industry boosts your CV and enhances your portfolio ready for graduation. Our partnerships include high-profile organisations such as Moonpig, NHS, Beehive, Studio Bonito, McCann Erickson, The Times Newspaper Group, Birmingham Hippodrome, Hello Creatives, Saatchi & Saatchi and many more.

 2. Our experienced course tutors

The tutors on our BA Graphic Communication course are enthusiastic individuals who are practitioners in their field, and keen to pass on the knowledge of their own professional experience. All of our tutors specialise in either designing or researching for a variety of fields including typography, wayfinding, interactive design, motion graphics, brand and UI, packaging, print making and letterpress.

3. Our facilities

The course is situated at our £62 million Parkside Building which boasts state-of the-art facilities, allowing you to pursue your particular interests and develop your practice through the use of industry-standard equipment. You’ll have access to digital print centres, screen-printing and letterpress facilities, Adobe software training rooms, bookbinding and printing facilities, 3D printing, and typographic archives.

4. Our work placement opportunities

You will have the exciting opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of the course. Whether you’re interested in editorial design, branding or art direction, a placement with a high-profile company and work experience with real-life clients is the best way to prepare for your career in industry.

5. Our community

As a Graphic Communication student you’ll be part of the friendly and vibrant community in the School of Visual Communication. Based in the Parkside Building, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with other creative students studying illustration, photography, design for performance, film and animation, as well as diversify your own practice.

6. Our international perspective 

We have an international perspective, with a diverse community of students from all over the world. You will have opportunities to study abroad as part of your course and take trips to locations such as New York, Berlin and Paris.

7. Our external engagement

Our BA Graphic Communication course has a large focus on external engagement. You will benefit from visits to companies, interviews, specialist events and guest lectures from visiting professionals in the field to ensure you leave with the knowledge needed to excel in the working world.

8. Our networking opportunities

Through placements, external engagement and collaboration with other students, you’ll have lots of opportunities to network and build strong professional relationships within the creative sector, even before graduating. This can often lead to opportunities such as work placements, sponsorships, future clients and, in some instances, permanent employment.

9. Our focus on employability

The approach and structure of the course has been designed to ensure that you leave confident in your practice and with a set of transferable skills. As a graduate from the course, you’ll be suitable for employment, not just within the creative industries, but in other professional sectors such as marketing, education, tourism and freelance.

10. Our awards ceremony

In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the School of Visual Communication Awards. Prizes, provided by our industry sponsors, range from professional mentorships, to work placements, to bursaries – all invaluable to new graduates beginning their careers!

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