Module structure
Each year of the course is divided into two practical studio modules (one in each semester), supported by accompanying complementary theory modules appropriate to that year’s study programme.

The aim of the practical studio modules is to help students to see the indivisible relationship between the four strands which make up design practice – researching the problem, generating ideas and concepts, production techniques and appropriate final resolution – and to merge thought and practice into a seamless, logically structured whole. In doing this they will gain a more accurate reflection of the reality and complexity of Graphic Design and Illustration as professions.

Modules have an underlying theme exploring different aspects of Graphic Design and Illustration practice. They are divided into a number of separate but linked briefs or projects which develop in terms of scope and complexity and are supported by frequent feedback and critique sessions which give immediate, constructive feedback to apply to subsequent elements of the module. Students are encouraged to see the links between individual projects and, on a larger scale, between modules, and apply that knowledge to aid their progression.


module diagram

key element 1 individual tutorial key element 5 individual module
  can vary in time taken from brief consultation to formal feedback session   can contain different numbers of projects, usually 4 to 5
key element 2 tutorial overlap key element 6 module overlap
  all issues discussed in individual tutorials contribute to project outcome   transferable skills addressed in one module which are reinforced in the next module
key element 3 individual project key element 7 theory modules
  can vary in size/time taken and contain different numbers of tutorials   address issues complementary to design practice and establish links between theory and practice
key element 4 project overlap    
  transferable skills addressed in one project which are reconsidered in another context