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Graphic Communication BA (Hons) (top-up from HND)

This course offers the opportunity to top–up your existing Graphic Design or equivalent subject qualification to a BA (Hons) Graphic Communication Degree Level 6, (validated by University of Northampton), whilst studying within the highly successful Graphic Design faculty at Bedford College.

University of Northampton

You will benefit from:

  • Highly experienced, practicing tutors
  • Access to live industry-­led design briefs and national competitions
  • Visiting creative industry guest speakers and client presentations
  • Opportunities to exhibit locally and in London at D&AD New Blood
  • Impressive track record for winning competitions and placing students into employment
  • Small group sizes offering excellent tutor access and support
  • Excellent facilities and Apple Mac computer suites
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Entry requirements

Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation Degree (FdA) or completion of years 1 & 2 of a Degree course in Graphic Design or an equivalent subject. Entry is subject to a successful interview and portfolio presentation. International students may submit their portfolio electronically.

Course content

In this final year you will develop stronger ownership of your work as you define your portfolio and career direction for either employment or postgraduate progression.

You will develop:

  • A substantive creative portfolio of professional design work with an accompanying exhibition
  • An understanding of design as communicated through wider socio-­‐cultural and ethical issues, themes, debates and practices
  • the ability to study independently, exercise initiative, take personal responsibility, manage a varied workload and make decisions in complex and unpredictable contexts


  • Graphic Communication (Final Major Study) (80 Credits) Consisting of a major self-­determined assignment, running alongside a range of staff-­‐set, industry and competition briefs.
  • Graphic Communication (Dissertation) (40 Credits) Written research dissertation with 20% of the overall grade assessed on the design and layout of the final submission.

Assessment methods

During the course you will work with a range of specialist lecturers (including practising designers) in well-equipped studios and workshops. Project briefs will be set for each assignment and you will be encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. All activities will be are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform personal progress and aid assessment. Assessment will be continuous, with assignments graded at the end of each task.


Level 6 BA (Hons) Graphic Communication Degree (validated by the University of Northampton).

Further study and career options

Upon successful completion graduates are employed as graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, web and digital designers throughout the UK with some entering Europe and the USA. Alternatively, you could continue your studies with a Master of Arts (MA) qualification at University.

Additional information

External live projects, commercial activities and the course’s wide network of industry contacts supports and offers a range of work experience and placement opportunities. The Department offers each year an optional trip to a major European cultural capital.

Additional costs

  • Basic art & design equipment such as layout pads, pens, scalpel, ruler, and external hard drive as per materials list.
  • Resource fee of £150 to cover all in-studio colour laser printing, use of specialist studio materials, papers and adhesives, provision of studio journals, two key texts, visiting speakers’ travel expenses and for completing students a contribution towards exhibiting at a major London venue.
  • Developing a personal portfolio (completing students) and self-promotional items approx. £100, and occasional visits by train to London.

How to apply

Visit, type Graphic Communication into the keywords and it will bring up the programme. Once clicked, it will bring up a list of session codes, CBAAGRCOM - 3FTBF is the code you need. It is recommended that you browse the website via Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, as opposed to Internet Explorer.

Course information & how to book

You will need to apply online via the University of Northampton's website at: – it is recommended that you use Google Chrome, Safari or Mozilla Firefox as opposed to Internet Explorer.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 21/09/2017 £7500 Cauldwell Street L1618

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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