Study at UCLan

Studying Graphic Design at The University of Central Lancashire.

The Graphic Design Course at UCLan, Preston, is founded on the fundamental principle of creative thinking. While technology may develop, providing us with new and exciting platforms on which to deliver work, the importance of ‘a good idea’ remains constant. It is this core philosophy that we embrace and is recognised as Preston’s strength and only ‘house style.’

“A person without imagination is like a teabag without hot water.”
Alan Fletcher

Back in the 1970’s the course pioneered the first industrial ‘sandwich’ placement in the UK, providing our students with their first taste of industry and a valuable insight into the profession. Today, the Graphic Design (BA Hons) Degree Course at UCLan is considered one of the most established and successful of its kind in the country. In the last ten years alone the course has collected in excess of 90 national and international student awards, including D&AD (Design & Art Direction), Roses AwardsRSA (Royal Society of the Arts), Little Chip Awards, and the Chartered Society of Designers student of the year.

20 YEARS OF SONIC Advert celebrating 20 Years of Sonic the Hedgehog by Naseem Naeem and Matt Slade © 2011

Many of our graduates to go on and secure creative roles in leading Graphic Design and creative agencies both nationally and internationally and many have gone on to set up and run their own independent agencies. From Apple to Saatchi & SaatchiPentagram to The Partners, the course has produced some of this countries top designers. The Preston Profile section of this site gives a taste of what ex-students have gone on to do and what it is that makes Preston Graphic Design course so special.

ROYAL OPERA (ABOVE)   D&AD (in book) by  Jordan Stokes  now a designer at award winning agency  Music .

D&AD (in book) by Jordan Stokes now a designer at award winning agency Music.

As the course has been running for almost 40 years, you will understand that our list of alumni working in the industry is second-to-none and that the city of Preston is synonymous with great design.

We believe that creativity can be nurtured through shared experience. By creating a friendly, competitive studio atmosphere and leaving the ‘classroom’ behind, our students begin to flourish in an environment designed to support and encourage them.

NYC SPAGHETTI PACKAGING (ABOVE)   Award winning work by Alex Creamer (final year Graphics student).

Award winning work by Alex Creamer (final year Graphics student).

All our lecturers have spent many years working in Industry and our professor, Mr Ben Casey, was responsible for setting up The Chase, one of the UK’s top design agencies.

Over the years many of our students have been recognised in prestigious design award schemes. If you think this sounds like the course for you then just follow the link below to read more and find out how to apply.

Graphic Design: at this link.

We look forward to speaking with you.