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BA (Hons) Graphic Design

 

Overview

Our Bachelor’s programme stands firmly upon the pillars of design practice, professional skills and research. Lecturers encourage practical, student-centred learning, innovation, independence and adaptability, ensuring employment.

As an industry, and as a discipline, Graphic Design has seen tremendous growth and change in the digital era. Students entering design programmes today are preparing for career paths that may not even be recognisable when they graduate.

Over the course of three-years, students experience a highly practical and creative programme where they learn to use a wide-range of tools and hone skills on real-life client projects, instilling confidence to execute a creative vision across all forms of media.

The results are graduates who are highly capable, open-minded, and extremely flexible - equipped with solid studio, research, and professional skills, as well as the soft skills necessary to pursue and succeed in a wide range of design careers.


Opportunity & Inspiration

  • Receive a well rounded design education revolving around studio practice, research, theory and professional skills.
  • Learn to work in a studio environment and engage in real client work.
  • Develop skills in typography, Corporate Identity, web, editorial design, packaging and motion graphics.
  • Learn from professionals in the field who bring their experience directly to the classroom.
  • Participate in internationally-recognised competitions and live projects.
  • Opportunity for internships and networking locally through the Prague College Industry Network and via client based classroom project work.
  • A career-focused design education with employment and/or entrepreneurship as the ultimate goals.
  • Modern studios and labs; outstanding lecturers, guest speakers and visiting practitioners, small class sizes; excellent support
  • Finish with a professional portfolio of work
  • Graduate with an internationally-recognised British
    BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Career Success

On graduating our students are prepared for work in a range of occupations including design studios, advertising, digital media agencies, web and app design, communication design, editorial work in magazines and newspaper and other forms of media. Many students also go on to freelance careers, education and other areas of design.

Some of our award-winning and outstanding alumni include:


2020 Exhibition

BA (Hons) Graphic Design Final Exhibition 2020: www.happilyever.cz

 


Yunjae Woo
BA (Hons) Graphic Design

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The Royal Society of Arts in London runs an annual competition to find the world’s best young designers. In 2020, Final year Graphic Design student Yunjae was awarded highly commended for her illustration and animation video, which stood out from a record 782 entries from 19 different countries.

 

What you study

The programme begins with student support, transitioning to student independence by completion. This is to help give our students the skills and confidence to be successful in the industry after graduating. Learning content is designed to facilitate a gradual building of advanced practical, professional, and academic skills through project-based learning. 

In Year 1 students work as one well-integrated group learning alongside each other about the fundamental principles of graphic design, the essentials of graphic languages and processes. Students undertake Tutor-led projects that facilitate creative thinking and skills acquisition in computer application skills, drawing, typography, advertising, ideas generation and web design. 

In Year 2 there is a strong emphasis on consolidation and synthesis of knowledge, skills, live projects and research. Ongoing project work is shared and tested through individual and group tutorials, discussions and client meetings. A portfolio of work is generated as you build on knowledge, strengths and professional skills. Students who start in February will have a gap semester typically at the end of year two, because the third year starts only in September. During this gap semester, students typically study non-credit classes, or take an internship, which further develops their skills from the first two years of study. 

The final year of study is designed to complete the transition from tutor-led to student-centred learning and is dedicated to fully introducing and strengthening professional standards in research and writing, and design practice. You discuss and agree on the topics of your choice for your final major project and dissertation and are given opportunities to work on live projects and competition briefs. The final year requires you to work independently in a studio environment, participate in seminars, workshops and develop a final portfolio for a public show. 

YEAR ONE

  • Design Thinking in Practice
  • Design History and Research
  • The Language of The Profession
  • Type, Image & Motion
  • Communication Design
  • Design Ethics and Client Work

YEAR TWO

  • Broadening Design Horizons
  • Critical Writing in Critical Times
  • Clients and the Industry
  • Innovation and Specialisation
  • User Experience
  • Design Studio

YEAR THREE

  • Live projects and Specialisations
  • Design Research and Writing
  • Major Project
  • Professional Positioning

 

Entry requirements

1. High school or previous college education, which could be one of the following:

  • A Czech high school diploma (maturita)
  • Two A-level passes or LCCIEB equivalent
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • A Prague College Diploma
  • An American high school diploma, assessed individually
  • Equivalent education from other countries, assessed individually.
  • Students with experience or equivalent education in some subjects of the programme may be granted advance credit towards year 1 or year 2 of the programme after completing the required assessment of Prior Learning or Experience documentation.


2. Proof of English level upon entry, which could be one of the following:

  • IELTS score of at least 5.5
  • TOEFL iBT score of at least 70
  • Versant language exam - score equivalent to 5.5 IELTS
  • Cambridge First Certificate of English


3. Portfolio and letter of motivation
Applicants are asked to show a portfolio of any previous graphic or art work. Samples of work can be sent electronically or brought in physically. In all cases, we will ask for a letter of motivation that describes why you want to study Graphic Design at Prague College.

4. Final Interview

Please contact us for more information about the Portfolio Requirements.

Don’t have a portfolio? You can still apply and join the Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media Practice, a one-year programme that allows students to experience a range of artistic techniques, materials and processes while allowing space for experimentation and the development of practical skills. If you are not sure which programme you should apply for, speak to your admissions advisor about this possibility.

 

Tuition & Payment

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The Prague College academic year has two semesters starting late September and mid-February. An intensive summer semester runs in June.

Prague College Scholarships

All applicants are eligible to apply for scholarships which may be awarded in consideration of academic excellence, social engagement in school activities or generally in society, financial need and special circumstances. We also have a special fund to support students coming from Czech-language and Slovak-language secondary schools and universities

Successful scholarship winners can have from 5% up to 30% of their tuition covered for either a single academic year or the duration of the programme.

Apply early. The number of scholarships is limited. Ask us for details!

Financing

Czech students are eligible for Gaudeamus student loans from Komercni Banka. Some students from other countries have received funding from their home countries to study at Prague College, and if you think you may be eligible for funding from your home country do not hesitate to ask for our advice and support.

When to pay

A deposit on tuition ensures new students a place on the programme. Full tuition for the first semester is due two weeks before starting the programme, except in the case of late registrations.

International students pay the first semester, relevant registration fees and the first semester rent for accommodation before starting the visa application process.

Continuing students pay the next semester tuition two weeks before the end of the current semester.

Early payment discounts 

You can save up to 8% if you pay the academic year in advance. The discount is calculated as 1% per month for each month the individual semester payments are paid early.

New students do not receive a discount on their first semester, but if they choose to pay the first year up front, then they would receive the discount for the second semester.

Payment plans

Students who have finished the first semester, and who make all their payments by the due date, can apply for a payment plan for an administrative fee of 700 Czk per semester plus 1% surcharge for each installment.

Contact us now if you have any question regarding tuition deadlines, early payment discounts or your eligibility for a payment plan.

 

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Teaching Faculty

  • petr-knobloch

    Petr Knobloch

    Associate Lecturer / Programme Leader MA Future Design

  • sean-mcalorum

    Sean McAlorum

    Programme Leader Years 1 and 2

  • david-petryca

    David Petryca

    Principal Lecturer

  • ondrej-fucik

    Ondrej Fucik

    Programme Leader Year 3 / Associate Lecturer

  • Paul DeLave

    Paul DeLave

    Principal Lecturer

  • franco-huller

    Franco Hüller

    Associate Lecturer

  • george-allen-1

    George Allen

    Head of the School of Art & Design

  • kelly-hoben

    Kelly Hoben

    Associate Lecturer

  • Andrea Pruchova

    Andrea Pruchova

    Associate Lecturer

  • Sasha_Chagina

    Aleksandra Chagina

    Associate Lecturer

  • Michal Marianek

    Michal Marianek

    Associate Lecturer

  • Marie Doucet

    Marie Doucet

    Associate Lecturer

  • Helena Jakoube

    Helena Jakoube

    Associate Lecturer

  • Ken Nash

    Ken Nash

    Associate Lecturer