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Edinburgh Napier University

BDes (Hons) Graphic Design

BDes (Hons) Graphic Design

Join award-winning students and gain practical work experience to shape the world around you in our accredited and industry recognised graphic design course.

As a graphic designer, you'll help shape the world around you. More and more, designers are working in diverse industries to create our visual environment, from branding and packaging to book covers, clothing and signage.


You'll have the opportunity to apply your learning on an optional work placement, which may be undertaken overseas at one of our linked European universities. We also have a placement scheme with StudioLR.

Previous students have won a number of design awards, receiving 11 commendations and one category winner at the Roses Creativity Awards in 2014. This recognition culminated in one of our student winning a Yellow Pencil at the prestigious D&AD student awards, the design industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.

What you study

Year 1

  • Foundation Graphic Design 
  • Foundation Digital Media
  • Debates in Design
  • Visual Research Methods

Year 2

  • Interactive Interface Design
  • Graphic Design Studio
  • Debates in Design
  • Design & Business
  • Illustration, Text and Image

Year 3

  • Art Direction
  • Graphic Design Studio
  • Design & Urbanism or Branding
  • Design Research Methods
  • Optional work experience or overseas study

Year 4

  • Media Production
  • Major project
  • Dissertation

You'll also enter work into competitions.

Work placement

Optional supervised work placement or overseas study module.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

To find out more about this course click here.

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