Design Degrees


Top ten in UK for assessment in Graphic Design (Guardian University Guide 2024)


Top in Wales for teaching and assessment in Graphic Design (Guardian University Guide 2024)

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Learn in a creative environment with brand-new dedicated studio spaces


Our students work has been nominated for BAFTA awards and Oscars

Design Degrees

Imagining Tomorrows

Do you have a passion for creating compelling and eye-catching concepts? From digital adverts to mobile apps, we are continuously surrounded by the creativity of design professionals.

Our design courses are created with industry in mind and we aim to prepare you for the workplace by the time you graduate. 

Our students gain valuable experience through working on a wide variety of professional briefs, which are built into many of our design courses.  

Top five in the UK for standard of teaching and student satisfaction in Design and Crafts. (Guardian League Table 2022)

Design Students

Work on Live Projects

work on live projects

Supported by expert teaching, our design students have worked on professional briefs from real clients, including Nike, British Airways and Cardiff Blues. We also have unique partnerships with industry that provide opportunities to take on work experience on cutting-edge TV shows, films and video game productions.

Award-Winning Alumni

award winning alumni

Design students from the University have an established record of awards success, collecting prizes at the D&AD New Blood Designer Award, Young Creative Network Awards, and the Caramelite Prize. Many of our former students have also worked on blockbuster films and games that have been nominated for BAFTAS and Oscars.

Creative Learning

creative learning

All our design courses offer a stimulating, creative environment with brand-new dedicated studio space. Our design studios are designed to emulate commercial design studios, from creative collaborative spaces to our industry pitching room. You will also have access to Mac rooms, a wide variety of image capture devices and even Raspberry Pi.


Design Courses

Postgraduate Courses


Putting the spotlight on our students

Each year we take time to celebrate the work of our Faculty of Creative Industry students through a festival called 'Gradfest'.

This dedicated festival is home to project work, blogs, videos, social posts and so much more from our Design students.

Students from across the university have the opportunity to showcase their work to the masses and take pride in doing so. 

Take a look at what our students have worked on over the past year or so by viewing the Grafest 2022 website page.


Discover the 'Diff

Cardiff is a modern capital city that will surprise you.

It’s the UK’s fastest growing major city and has been multicultural and cosmopolitan from the start. Here, you’ll find an amazing quality of life, more green space per person than any UK city, and fantastic people.

Cardiff is one of the most affordable cities in the UK too, so it’s perfect for cash-strapped students. There’s always something happening or new places to discover. From shopping and live sport to music, arts and history, there’s something for everyone and great company to do it with.

Cardiff is a popular student city that knows how to enjoy itself. Wherever you turn, you’ll find somewhere to eat, drink or dance the night away.


Explore USW

Join us at an open day or live event and discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales. 

You'll have the chance to explore our campuses at Cardiff, Newport or Pontypridd, meet academic staff and current students, learn about life at USW and student money, and take part in interactive activities related to your course. 

For those who can't attend an on-campus event, we run online and on-demand events. There's plenty of ways to discover what USW is all about.

Explore USW Open Days


Apply to USW

Ready to apply? We can't wait to welcome you to the #USWFamily. You can apply via UCAS or USW.


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Chat to our students, lecturers or staff. We're here to help answer any questions you may have.

Student Life

student life

Make friends for life, try out lots of new things and become more independent than ever before. 



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