Study abroad in Edinburgh

Course finder

Semester 1

Graphic Design Agency Junior (DESI08099)







Normal Year Taken


Delivery Session Year



Visiting student eligibility will be assessed (including the required Art/Design background) on a case-by-case basis. This course may incur additional costs for materials and/or field trips. **Please note that Design courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any Design course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the Design department directly to request additional spaces. **This course cannot be taken alongside Graphic Design Agency Intern (DESI08100).**

Course Summary

Acting as junior designers, students undertaking this course will work with peers across different year groups in Graphic Design, working collectively towards a common objective regardless of experience. They will have the ability to apply to an established in-house student design agency within the Graphics Programme. These agencies, mentored by industry professionals will respond to briefs and self-initiated commercial projects. Students will also be guided through the principles, practice and strategies behind the world of design agency structures. The student agencies experience work-like scenarios within the safety of the academic environment, developing rounded, real world skill sets, such as design thinking, risk-taking, selling, presenting, delegating and networking.

Course Description

This course guides students through the principles, practice and business strategies behind the world of graphic design agencies and their structures. Through practical projects and collaboration with peers in both junior and senior years, students will form a personal vision for their place within the creative sector. Students will learn to articulate their ideas and make clear intentions and persuasive arguments about their practice, context and career path. Students will gain an essential understanding of the value of observing, analysing and documenting information, discovering that innovation can occur through collaborations, connections and relationships with others. There will be opportunities to explore the myriad of working practices of the professional world of this discipline and therefore will learn new methods of working - relevant to whatever field they subsequently choose. There is obviously an element of employability and an understanding of personal, professional and transferable skills. Throughout the course there will be weekly analysis of key events and discoveries recorded through a visual journal and an opportunity to present these findings at formative and summative review. Peer group reviews take place throughout the duration of the course. The indicative structure of the course is outlined on Learn.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

view the timetable and further details for this course


All course information obtained from this visiting student course finder should be regarded as provisional. We cannot guarantee that places will be available for any particular course. For more information, please see the visiting student disclaimer:

Visiting student disclaimer