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Can someone explain to me what the difference with courses like graphics and communications, graphic and media design in comparison to just a graphic design? You can say your own opinion in your response too if you have studied any of these yourself

I am applying for graphic design but I’m wondering if I should apply for these other ones too as they simply are sub studies into graphic design itself aren’t they?

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Hi there!

I think that there's a lot of confusion about types of Graphics degrees, as Graphics is such a huge industry and has many sub-categories, just like you said. By chance, have you checked out Plymouth College of Art yet? We offer a degree called Graphic Communications BA (Hons). It was previously named Graphic Design, but was changed to reflect the course's inclusion of a broader range of communication methods available using modern technology.

Graphic Communications covers a broad spectrum of areas within graphics and investigates both online and offline medias with themes of ecological sustainability, emerging technologies and user-centred design. The course encourages students to keep up-to-date with the current industry and its demands, teaching students how to respond to current design needs. Students cover the whole pipeline of Graphic Communication - from research and concept through to prototype and design, strategising packaging and campaigns that inform, entertain and persuade. As a very boiled down overview, the course covers Digital Graphics, Motion Graphics and Emerging Technologies, Graphic Design and Typography, Brand Identity & Communications, and Social Media Campaigns. It's a very exciting course as there are many opportunities and areas to specialise in!

I hope this helps and please feel free to ask any questions you might have. You can also talk to current students through an app/website called UniBuddy, where you can also ask any questions you might have about studying at PCA or student life in general.

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(Original post by honeymoontea)
Can someone explain to me what the difference with courses like graphics and communications, graphic and media design in comparison to just a graphic design? You can say your own opinion in your response too if you have studied any of these yourself

I am applying for graphic design but I’m wondering if I should apply for these other ones too as they simply are sub studies into graphic design itself aren’t they?

🙏 thanks
Essentially: yes, they're all just graphic design courses.

A good way of telling if a course is for you is to have a look at the work that its students produce. The course name doesn't matter at all really. Visual Communication courses are slightly different, in that they tend to allow you to explore things like photography or illustration before settling on a specialism.
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