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Graphic Design

Welcome to Graphic Design

It’s a really exciting time to be studying graphic design. New and emerging technologies are having a monumental impact on the graphic design industry and the pace of innovation is taking everyone by surprise. This programme embraces change and positions itself as a provider of international design education because we believe in the fundamental universality of visual communication.

Graphic design is an art that uses typography, photography, illustration and animation for visual communication. If that sounds like an ideal career choice for you, then we would love to have you at the Bolton School of the Arts! The chance to undertake a diverse range of practical assignments and study the associated theory, makes our graphic design courses stand out.

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Welcome to “Unlocked”

Our virtual show designed to promote and celebrate the creative work that has been produced by students from across the School of the Arts throughout this memorable academic year. Within the confines of lockdown, students have been exceptionally busy and have used their talents and determination to overcome the restrictions of recent months. “Unlocked” captures the huge energy and commitment of our students to creatively reach beyond the barriers behind which they have been living to achieve their goals.

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Setting Up Your Own Graphic Design Business

09 Feb 21

Setting Up Your Own Graphic Design Business

The thought of starting up your own graphic design business can be incredibly exciting and daunting at the same time. Potentially seeming like a mountain to climb, with m...

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Looking for a career path? Get a degree in Graphic Design

17 Aug 20

Study Graphic Design at the University of Bolton, No.1 in the North West for the past three years in Student Satisfaction in the Complete University Guide and No.2 in Teaching Quality in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

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What a career in Graphic Design looks like

03 Jun 20

Deciding on a career path can seem like a tremendous task to begin with. After studying multiple subjects for years, you finally have an idea about what you enjoy learning and potentially a career to pursue. The next step is to look for ...

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What is the Adobe Suite, and why is it important to graphic designers?

26 May 20

There are many skills a Graphic Designer will need when they step into the industry. The first is the ability to put pen to paper.

Tapping into your imagination, having an eye for what looks good and being able to convey your ideas...

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Typefaces hold more power than you think

18 May 20

The words we choose and how we put them out into the world can have an enormous impact, and the typography used to express this text is no exception on its target audiences. Typography holds a tremendous amount of power due to the way au...

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Have you got a flair for Graphic Design?

07 May 20

To stand out from the competition, brands need to create a memorable visual impact. With an artistic eye and fresh thinking, could you develop the graphic design skills to deliver their brief?

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Jon Francis

BA (Hons) Graphic Design | 2020

"Throughout the BA (Hons) Graphic Design I have been fortunate to work on a variety of live briefs. Working with clients has developed skills I would otherwise not have developed; furthering my appreciation of the importance in building relationships with clients and delivering presentations back to them.

I have also been able to learn the importance of visiting clients improving my ability to answer the brief; whilst working on an NHS brief the year group were invited to the ward to meet the client and understand the environment where our work is being designed for.


Chris Fogg

Founder, Fogg |

"The students at the University of Bolton presented a dynamic array of work representing a wide variety of topics, the team were very impressed with the standard and quality of the work and commented on the difficulties they faced when deciding who would win the award and be joining the agency for the Summer.

Two students, Beth and Nicola, stood out to us with their exciting and innovative style of work, broad range of skills and their passion towards the creative industry, something which we thrive off at Fogg."


James Brooke

Head of Strategy, Fogg |

"At Fogg, it is so important to us to help creatives to grow within the industry, so we are very excited to be able to offer two students placements within the creative team this Summer. I was so impressed with the standard of work presented at the show, the students participating were truly a credit to the University, however Beth and Nicola directly reflected the creative energy at Fogg."


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"Working on ‘Live’ briefs has been a fantastic opportunity that has allowed me to solve real design problems by creating appropriate outcomes. It has also given me a unique experience through meeting with businesses, presenting ideas and dealing with constructive feedback."


Jane Stuart-Puttnam

Enterprise Co-Ordinator |

"The University of Bolton are thrilled to be working once again with Fogg Associates. The placements received by previous students proved to be hugely successful and offered a wide range of experiences. Moving forward, we hope to continue this industry partnership."



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