BA (Hons)

Graphic Design

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The Open College of the Arts is the distance learning college of the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist art and design universities.


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 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

Degree prospectus

Full details of the Graphic Design degree can be found in the Programme Specification below.

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The Open College of the Arts is the distance learning college of the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist art and design universities.

“I chose to study with OCA because of the flexible study conditions, a wealth of learning resources and the supportive one-to-one relationship with a tutor. As a result I have gained confidence in my creative abilities, research, reflection and technical skills, and advanced my knowledge in visual communications and contemporary art.”


Lina Homer, Graphic Design student

Programme Leader for Illustration, Graphic Design and Visual Communications

James Pyman

I have been a practicing artist for 20 years. My work comprises pencil and ink drawings for gallery exhibitions as well as book and magazine illustration, cartoons and comic books. I have exhibited nationally and internationally…

Creative careers

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.

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