Is it for me?

From graphic design to advertising, most creative sectors rely on digital solutions. You will need to have a creative flair and an eye for detail, be able to work in a team, communicate your ideas to others, have excellent time management skills and find creative solutions.

Our facilities

You'll study this subject full time at Bede Campus and will have access to the £11 million Arts Academy, photography studio, dark room and equipment, graphic design studio with Macs and industry-standard software.

Career ready

We work with the following employers to help you get career ready and gain real work skills: Sunderland City Council, Spark FM, Sunderland Culture, Digital Krush, Sunshine Cooperative, Savour Magazine, D’Aqua Restaurant, Grand Central, Pearson, Neon, and MOBIE in collaboration with architect and TV presenter George Clarke.


of our graphic design students progressed to employment or further study.*

*Destination data, academic year 2016/17 (FT FE 16-18 students)

College of the Year

*Pearson BTEC College of the Year 2019

Have you seen our excellent facilities?

We have some of the best facilities for graphics students including:

  • Graphic design studio.

  • Macs with industry-standard software.

Find out more about our Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme

Expert & friendly support


There will be 6,320 jobs in Creative & Digital Media in the region in 2027 (NE)

Careers could include: Illustrator, Digital Content Artist, Web Designer, Creative Services Manager, Art Director or UX Designer

There are currently 1,169 Graphic Designers employed in our local region and they earn £20,446 a year.

Graphic Designers

Graphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.

Medium Salary

£ 26378

1631 people employed as Graphic Designers in the current year.