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I have been looking at Loughborough, Lincoln, UAL, Coventry and Brighton for a BA in Graphic Design. In your opinion, which are best for the arts?
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I’m not sure but if you find out will you let me know!
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Start with https://www.peopleofprint.com/best-o...tration-in-uk/

Then go and look into their 2020 graduate shows to get a better understanding of the types of design and styles that are well supported on the course to find the courses that best match your interests
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Start with https://www.peopleofprint.com/best-o...tration-in-uk/

Then go and look into their 2020 graduate shows to get a better understanding of the types of design and styles that are well supported on the course to find the courses that best match your interests
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Start with https://www.peopleofprint.com/best-o...tration-in-uk/

Then go and look into their 2020 graduate shows to get a better understanding of the types of design and styles that are well supported on the course to find the courses that best match your interests
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I have been looking at Loughborough, Lincoln, UAL, Coventry and Brighton for a BA in Graphic Design. In your opinion, which are best for the arts?
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LEEDS Becket is supposed to be really good for graphic design although it’s not on your list
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I have been looking at Loughborough, Lincoln, UAL, Coventry and Brighton for a BA in Graphic Design. In your opinion, which are best for the arts?
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Hey Danyulwilson,

It's great to hear that you're considering the University of Lincoln for Graphic Design! Art and Design at Lincoln is ranked in the top 20 in the UK for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 2021, so you're definitely in good hands here! Graphic Design at Lincoln encourages students to become skilled visual communicators, providing the opportunity to work on projects that require practical skills and creative insight to find innovative solutions - you can check out more about the course on our website here.

I'd also recommend that you come visit us on our next Virtual Open Day, Saturday 8th May.

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I have been looking at Loughborough, Lincoln, UAL, Coventry and Brighton for a BA in Graphic Design. In your opinion, which are best for the arts?
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Hi there,

Loughborough has been rated 2nd in the UK for Graphic Design according to Guardian University Guide 2020 & 2021. You can find more information here and take a look at students' project work and facilities here. You have the option to undertake a placement year and study abroad if you wish and we have an excellent careers network to support you with this. If you have any specific questions, please do contact our creative arts team directly via [email protected]

Good luck with wherever you decide to study, you'll have a fantastic time.
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I have been looking at Loughborough, Lincoln, UAL, Coventry and Brighton for a BA in Graphic Design. In your opinion, which are best for the arts?
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Hey Danyulwilson,

Great to hear you're considering UAL. Which particular Graphic Design Course were you looking at? There are BA's in Graphic Design available at CSM, LCC and Camberwell. You can check out all the possible Graphic Communication courses available here.

UAL is a world Top 2 university for art and design according to the QS World University Rankings® and Europe's largest specialist university for art and design, so come highly recommended.

That being said at the end of the day it is about choosing which course you think will suit you best.

Good luck with the decision making and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about studying in London or UAL in general.

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Hi there,

Loughborough has been rated 2nd in the UK for Graphic Design according to Guardian University Guide 2020 & 2021. You can find more information here and take a look at students' project work and facilities here. You have the option to undertake a placement year and study abroad if you wish and we have an excellent careers network to support you with this. If you have any specific questions, please do contact our creative arts team directly via [email protected]

Good luck with wherever you decide to study, you'll have a fantastic time.
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The Guardian (or anyone else) don't rank individual courses, they rank groups of courses. So to be more accurate, Loughborough's Design and Craft courses are currently ranked 2nd in the UK. The graphic design course there is a good option - but no better than many others.

Danyulwilson I'll cut and paste some comments i've made on TSR when other people have posted the same question...

Asking which the 'best' graphic design course is a bit like going on the internet and asking 'what's the best packet of crisps". Yes there's some crisps that most people would avoid, but the rest is down to personal taste. Rankings don't mean much at all for individual courses. NSS data gives a very loose indication if students are content (but don't put too much emphasis on it because it's a deeply flawed measurement). Some of the 'best' courses that industry rate highly actually have relatively low student satisfaction.

So firstly - location. Would you prefer to live in a big/cheap northern city, London (for all it's pros and cons), a seaside town, or a small town? There a big differences here that will have a dramatic effect on your overall experience at Uni. The only way you can work this out is by visiting them.

Secondly - quality (quite difficult to define). All those courses are well respected and could set you up well for a career in the industry if you work hard. There are subtle differences between the curriculum for example Lincoln is a quite professional/commercial in outlook, whilst Brighton is more experimental and student-led. Some there have slight specialisms in one area within graphic design - so have a look at the work students produce and see what you prefer. The biggest difference will be the size of the yeargroup. Some you mention may have over 200 in a year, and not be particularly selective who they let on.

League tables are largely meaningless, industry doesn't really pay attention to where you studied - just the quality of your portfolio (and your attitude). So the question is really: "which courses will allow me to develop an amazing portfolio?" and most importantly "what's the best course for me?"

Firstly, as i said, in my opinion there are roughly 20 or 30 courses in the UK which work at the top level. There are various ways of defining this, so for example their students win the highest profile awards, have connections with the biggest/best agencies, or their students have a reputation for really pushing the boundaries of the subject.

The there's the question of which one is right for you. Location is the most important factor in this. Then there's the nature of the course: some are very industry focused, some have little or no interest in 'industry' and pursue their own path. Neither of these is wrong, so you need to find out what suits you. Some leave students to work independently, some have a much more 'rigid' structure. Some have a digital focus, some are more traditional. This is why it's very difficult to define 'best'.

Looking at the Guardian League tables (which rate groups of degree courses, not individual ones) https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...s-league-table you're not really going to go wrong. Even courses right down the bottom end produce outstanding graduates and are well worth considering. If you tell us a bit more about what you like and what locations might suit you, we might be able to give you some suggestions.
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I have been looking at Loughborough, Lincoln, UAL, Coventry and Brighton for a BA in Graphic Design. In your opinion, which are best for the arts?
Thank you
Hi Danyulwilson

Thank you for considering us as one of your University choices!

Choosing a University to attend can be difficult and it's important to get as much information as you can to make the right decision for you.

You can get a good idea of what work Brighton Universities' Graphic Design students have done on their blog here. You can also speak to current Graphic Design Student Eve online, who will be happy to discuss her opinions on the course and University.

As in person events are not currently running due to Covid, it would also be a good idea to check out the different Universities online events and videos. Our Graphic Design event has just passed, however you can see videos shared during the event here. You can sign up to future events on our events page.

You can also check out this video offering advice for Graphic Design students from art director Charlie Sheppard:



Lastly the University of Brighton is at the heart of our city’s reputation as a welcoming, forward-thinking place which leads the way when it comes to the arts, music, sustainability and creative technology. Brighton is home to a thriving creative community and a digital sector. Many of the work-based learning opportunities offered on our courses such as placements, live briefs and guest lectures are provided by businesses and organisations based in the city.

We provide support and venues for key events in the city’s arts calendar including the Brighton Festival, the Festival Fringe, the Great Escape, the Brighton Digital Festival, Brighton Photo Biennial and the CineCity Brighton Film Festival. Other annual highlights include Pride, the Brighton Marathon, and Burning the Clocks which marks the winter solstice. Our own Brighton Graduate Show transforms our campus into the largest exhibition space in the South East as we celebrate the outstanding talent and creativity of our students.

As a student you’ll get lots of opportunities to experience these events at first hand and to develop your skills through the volunteering and other opportunities they offer.

These opportunities will give you the best start to a successful carer and we have many notable alumni from the Graphic Design course at Brighton including:

Will Hudson and Alex Bec founders of It’s Nice That
David Wilson, music video director
Charlotte Bassett, Designer at Studio Makgill
Charlotte Heal, Creative Director at Kinfolk Magazine
Chani Wisdom, Designer at Tate Galleries
Charlie Sheppard, Art Director at Anyways
Rifke Sadleir , designer/developer, Our Place Studio

Wishing you the best of luck with your applications! If you have any questions about Brighton, please don't hesitate to contact us!

I hope this has been helpful.

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I have been looking at Loughborough, Lincoln, UAL, Coventry and Brighton for a BA in Graphic Design. In your opinion, which are best for the arts?
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Hi Danyulwilson, if you are considering studying a course in Wales, our practical BA (Hons) Graphic Communication course details are here. We are based in central Cardiff. Student show reels and stories are contained on this link. Good luck with your research - Rebecca https://www.southwales.ac.uk/courses...communication/
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The Guardian (or anyone else) don't rank individual courses, they rank groups of courses. So to be more accurate, Loughborough's Design and Craft courses are currently ranked 2nd in the UK. The graphic design course there is a good option - but no better than many others.

Danyulwilson I'll cut and paste some comments i've made on TSR when other people have posted the same question...

Asking which the 'best' graphic design course is a bit like going on the internet and asking 'what's the best packet of crisps". Yes there's some crisps that most people would avoid, but the rest is down to personal taste. Rankings don't mean much at all for individual courses. NSS data gives a very loose indication if students are content (but don't put too much emphasis on it because it's a deeply flawed measurement). Some of the 'best' courses that industry rate highly actually have relatively low student satisfaction.

So firstly - location. Would you prefer to live in a big/cheap northern city, London (for all it's pros and cons), a seaside town, or a small town? There a big differences here that will have a dramatic effect on your overall experience at Uni. The only way you can work this out is by visiting them.

Secondly - quality (quite difficult to define). All those courses are well respected and could set you up well for a career in the industry if you work hard. There are subtle differences between the curriculum for example Lincoln is a quite professional/commercial in outlook, whilst Brighton is more experimental and student-led. Some there have slight specialisms in one area within graphic design - so have a look at the work students produce and see what you prefer. The biggest difference will be the size of the yeargroup. Some you mention may have over 200 in a year, and not be particularly selective who they let on.

League tables are largely meaningless, industry doesn't really pay attention to where you studied - just the quality of your portfolio (and your attitude). So the question is really: "which courses will allow me to develop an amazing portfolio?" and most importantly "what's the best course for me?"

Firstly, as i said, in my opinion there are roughly 20 or 30 courses in the UK which work at the top level. There are various ways of defining this, so for example their students win the highest profile awards, have connections with the biggest/best agencies, or their students have a reputation for really pushing the boundaries of the subject.

The there's the question of which one is right for you. Location is the most important factor in this. Then there's the nature of the course: some are very industry focused, some have little or no interest in 'industry' and pursue their own path. Neither of these is wrong, so you need to find out what suits you. Some leave students to work independently, some have a much more 'rigid' structure. Some have a digital focus, some are more traditional. This is why it's very difficult to define 'best'.

Looking at the Guardian League tables (which rate groups of degree courses, not individual ones) https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...s-league-table you're not really going to go wrong. Even courses right down the bottom end produce outstanding graduates and are well worth considering. If you tell us a bit more about what you like and what locations might suit you, we might be able to give you some suggestions.
Thank you very much, this is super helpful
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The Guardian (or anyone else) don't rank individual courses, they rank groups of courses. So to be more accurate, Loughborough's Design and Craft courses are currently ranked 2nd in the UK. The graphic design course there is a good option - but no better than many others.

Danyulwilson I'll cut and paste some comments i've made on TSR when other people have posted the same question...

Asking which the 'best' graphic design course is a bit like going on the internet and asking 'what's the best packet of crisps". Yes there's some crisps that most people would avoid, but the rest is down to personal taste. Rankings don't mean much at all for individual courses. NSS data gives a very loose indication if students are content (but don't put too much emphasis on it because it's a deeply flawed measurement). Some of the 'best' courses that industry rate highly actually have relatively low student satisfaction.

So firstly - location. Would you prefer to live in a big/cheap northern city, London (for all it's pros and cons), a seaside town, or a small town? There a big differences here that will have a dramatic effect on your overall experience at Uni. The only way you can work this out is by visiting them.

Secondly - quality (quite difficult to define). All those courses are well respected and could set you up well for a career in the industry if you work hard. There are subtle differences between the curriculum for example Lincoln is a quite professional/commercial in outlook, whilst Brighton is more experimental and student-led. Some there have slight specialisms in one area within graphic design - so have a look at the work students produce and see what you prefer. The biggest difference will be the size of the yeargroup. Some you mention may have over 200 in a year, and not be particularly selective who they let on.

League tables are largely meaningless, industry doesn't really pay attention to where you studied - just the quality of your portfolio (and your attitude). So the question is really: "which courses will allow me to develop an amazing portfolio?" and most importantly "what's the best course for me?"

Firstly, as i said, in my opinion there are roughly 20 or 30 courses in the UK which work at the top level. There are various ways of defining this, so for example their students win the highest profile awards, have connections with the biggest/best agencies, or their students have a reputation for really pushing the boundaries of the subject.

The there's the question of which one is right for you. Location is the most important factor in this. Then there's the nature of the course: some are very industry focused, some have little or no interest in 'industry' and pursue their own path. Neither of these is wrong, so you need to find out what suits you. Some leave students to work independently, some have a much more 'rigid' structure. Some have a digital focus, some are more traditional. This is why it's very difficult to define 'best'.

Looking at the Guardian League tables (which rate groups of degree courses, not individual ones) https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...s-league-table you're not really going to go wrong. Even courses right down the bottom end produce outstanding graduates and are well worth considering. If you tell us a bit more about what you like and what locations might suit you, we might be able to give you some suggestions.
I'm hoping to work for an agency at some point and so I think a uni that's more focused on industry would be ideal. It's difficult to see what links unis have to agencies/industry; not all of them disclose or advertise that. I'm unsure of what kind of environment I want to study/live. I have visited two quite contrasting areas (Brighton and Loughborough) and am still unsure of whether a busy, city uni or largely campus-based would suit me. Looking at graduate shows, they're all good and because of its broad course structure, there's a dynamic range of final year outcomes.

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Hey Danyulwilson,

Great to hear you're considering UAL. Which particular Graphic Design Course were you looking at? There are BA's in Graphic Design available at CSM, LCC and Camberwell. You can check out all the possible Graphic Communication courses available here.

UAL is a world Top 2 university for art and design according to the QS World University Rankings® and Europe's largest specialist university for art and design, so come highly recommended.

That being said at the end of the day it is about choosing which course you think will suit you best.

Good luck with the decision making and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about studying in London or UAL in general.

Kindest,

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