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Difference between Graphic design and Graphic Communication?

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    Whats the difference between Graphic Communication and Graphic Design?
    Im goin uni next year, and i was lookin into these degrees, but whts the difference?
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    What does the prospectus say? I'm a self employed graphic designer, and to me all graphic design is made to communicate a message, otherwise it could be classed as art.
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    btw, did u have an art alevel?...The uni im looking at says i dont need to have one..but some say i do. Would u say its gna be hard for me coz i dnt have 1?
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    The lines between this stuff are very vague, you'll find a lot of creative courses have very ambiguous names. Contact them and ask what THEIR course involves.

    Have you done an art and design foundation though you didnt do an a level? If not, your portfolio will need to be pretty amazing.
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    (Original post by IamMyself)
    btw, did u have an art alevel?...The uni im looking at says i dont need to have one..but some say i do. Would u say its gna be hard for me coz i dnt have 1?
    I did Fine Art and Graphic design as A-levels back in 2000...then went straight to uni (after a 3 year gap year lol). Technically as long as you can display a body of work that shows creativity integrated with technical ability then you should be allowed in on merit.
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    graphic design is a general course and graphic communication means you can specialise in a specific area of design (which for me turned out to be brilliant as i got to do what i love and it enabled me to get straight into my chosen field when i left)
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    Simply put, there isn't much of a difference. The term 'graphic design' is the universally accepted one, but occasionally colleges and universities may decide to name their courses differently. In recent years, the word 'communication' has been used, which is essentially what 'graphic design' does, visually communicate an intended message. The most common I find are: 'graphic design communication', 'design communication' and 'visual communication'. They are basically 'graphic design', with a slight emphasis perhaps on the communicative aspect, not the technical (which is more like advertising).

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