School of the Arts, English and Drama

Undergraduate study

Graphic Communication and Illustration


97% of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles within six months of graduation*

Recent graduate destinations

These include:

  • Academy Films
  • BBC Global iPlayer
  • Freelance Illustrator
  • French Connection
  • Hearst Magazines - Elle Decoration
  • IBM
  • Little White Lies
  • Self Employed Graphic/App Designer
  • Unilever

What do our graduates do?

  1. Agency Graphic Designer
    By far the most common route for our graduates is working as a designer in the field, commonly in a design agency. We have graduates at all levels of the industry, nationally and internationally. We have alumni working as junior designers all the way up to design directors, in small companies and with industry giants, from advertising to packaging.
    Typically this would involve a student doing industrial placements between the second and third years of their studies, which helps them to refine their personal interests. This leads to a well focused portfolio in their final year that will allow them to target a very specific area of industry. Then, using the professional skills we have taught them, they commonly rise through the ranks to senior positions in the company.
  2. Design Company Owner
    An increasingly popular route for our graduate designers is to start their own business as soon as they can. This commonly happens when a pair or group of design students form such a strong working relationship that they want to continue it after they graduate.
    In this case the university may be able to help with our Design Studio incubator programme, where we provide graduates space and support to start a business for the first couple of years.
    Students then move on, setting up their own design businesses (employing other ex-graduates on at least one occasion).
  3. Animator / Videographer
    A student interested in these fields will spend their final year putting together a show-reel; a sample collection of moving image work they have made. They will also get working experience through placements with companies in the field.
    Typically this would involve a student doing industrial placements between the second and third years of their studies. This combination of practical work and working experience enables them to put forward a convincing argument for their employment in the field.
  4. Lecturer
    A few of our students have become so interested in design education that they go on to join the industry (we even employ some of them).
    The common pattern seems to be several years of successful work in industry, leading to a notable personal design practice and then a request to guest lecture with a relevant design school. Some alumni then find that lecturing on something they love is a deeply satisfying thing to be paid to do, especially when combined with continuing design practice.

*DLHE, 2016 Graphic Communication and Illustration graduates in full-time employment: UK/EU & Channel Isles, full-time first-degree graduates