The University of Sunderland is a member of the highly respected Design and Art Directors Association (D&AD), an influential body that rewards creative excellence. The prestigious D&AD Award is well-regarded in the world of advertising and design and recognised globally as the ultimate creative accolade. In addition to our strong industry contacts we have 'world-leading' research in Art and Design, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework. At the University of Sunderland, we'll prepare you for an exciting design career. Take a look below to find the right course for you.
Study a wide range of modules with flexible options to suit your interests, such as Visual Communication, Motion Graphics and Branding, Position and Identity. Acquire valuable skills relevant to a career in Design, and work alongside like-minded students within a creative and supportive environment. Graduate with a portfolio of work to showcase your creativity and impress prospective employers.Find out more about Graphic Design
Work on live projects set by fashion industry professionals. Focus on a wide range of options to suit your interests such as design and manufacture, photography, styling, branding and magazine design. Undertake industry-relevant modules such as Fashion Product and Promotion and Design Theory. Create a personalised fashion portfolio. Graduate work-ready and pursue a career in a range of industries including, design, brand development, fashion publishing, production, Public Relations and fashion retail.Find out more about Fashion Design and Promotion
Are you passionate about drawing and full of creative ideas? If so, our Illustration and Design degree is for you. Benefit from generous studio space and well-equipped workshops. Flourish in a creative environment, working alongside like-minded students and showcase your work to a public audience in your final year Degree Show.Find out more about Illustration and Design
This Foundation Diploma helps you develop new ways of working by providing broad exposure to a range of pathways including Fine Art, Fashion, Visual Communication, Lens-Based Media, and Glass and Ceramics. The course is free for school-leavers aged 18 at the start of the course.Find out more about
Do you want to make animation and games industries? Use digital software such as Maya, Toon Boom and After Effects as part of this degree. Learn the core principles of character-led animation. Showcase your creativity to a public audience in the final year Degree Show.Find out more about Animation and Games Art
Work on live projects set by fashion industry professionals. Focus on a wide range of options to suit your interests such as design and manufacture, photography, styling, branding and magazine design. Undertake industry-relevant modules such as Fashion Product and Promotion and Design Theory. Create a personalised fashion portfolio. Graduate work-ready and pursue a career in a range of industries including, design, brand development, fashion publishing, production, Public Relations and fashion retail.Find out more about Fashion Product and Promotion via Study Centres
Do you live in Trinidad and Tobago or Hong Kong? Do you want to study Graphic Design? Benefit from Sunderland’s expert teaching without leaving your home region. You’ll study a wide range of modules with flexible options to suit your interests, including Visual Communication, Motion Graphics and Branding. Acquire valuable skills relevant to a career in Design, while working toward a BA (Hons) degree.Find out more about Graphic Design (Top-Up) via Study Centres
Benefit from Sunderland's teaching of Advertising and Design on a course based in Malaysia. Develop your own style and engage your personal creativity. It has core practice-based modules that include developing advertising campaigns, computer skills, creative portfolios, branding and identity.Find out more about Advertising and Design Via Study Centres
Take the fastest route to a PhD. Convert your previous research outputs into a qualification which will increase your employability and open up new opportunities. Progress your academic career and add credibility in applications for research funding.Find out more about
You'll work in a creative hotspot, maximising your potential through inspiring workshops and engaging with guest speakers who are leaders in the world of art and design. Our flourishing creative spaces attract international exhibitions and conferences with acclaimed guest speakers from every corner of the design world, such as Jill Calder, Fig Taylor and Bruce McLean from the Association of Illustrators. You'll have access to your own substantial studio space, well-equipped workshops and state-of-the-art digital design suites, with fully-equipped Macs and PCs with Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium, including software such as InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop.
You'll also have the support of our specialist technical staff who are Adobe and Maya Certified Instructors, and have access to our specialist arts and design library which has a collection of over 120,000 books, DVDs, videos, slides and one of the largest electronic information networks in the sector to enhance your learning and derive inspiration.
You’ll have the opportunity to take on real-life projects and internships for a range of clients, and have the chance to work alongside professional illustrators and designers. We also work closely with nearby Seven Stories, which showcases a national collection of illustrations of some of the UK's finest authors and illustrators for children. Each year our students link up with Seven Stories to illustrate a selection of poems which then form part of an exhibition. Hone your skills, nurture your entrepreneurship and graduate with a competitive portfolio of work to showcase your talents.