This Industry brief with Kin + Carta is simply 'game-set-match', excellent opportunities, what more could you ask for!

Dr. Michael Wamposzyc | External Examiner

This Industry brief with Kin + Carta is simply 'game-set-match', excellent opportunities, what more could you ask for!

Dr. Michael Wamposzyc | External Examiner

Live Brief Experiences

We work with industry to give you real world experiences in Digital & Print Design. Live brief experiences start in your first term.
"These students are ready for the industry." Jenna Gardner | External Examiner

2023-24 Industry Portfolio & Click Studio

Our course is heavily focused on industry engagement, with national live clients brought in by Click Studio, UCEN Mcr's industry collaboration initiative. We thank our industry partners for their support throughout this academic year.
Alumni & Industry Talks | Curriculum Input | Industry Teaching | Course Collaboration | Live Briefs | Networking

What Industry Say

Kin + Carta Connect

Mentoring and crits by Kin + Carta Connect, ensuring you stay right up to date in digital design.

Case Studies

We are proud of what our students achieve, please check out some of their latest achievements

Why Study on this Course

Up-To-Date Digitally

Digital Design is moving very quickly. Kin + Carta Connect bring two decades of digital innovation providing direct input on practice and skills within the digital design & advertising field. They will support your learning, mentoring and studio visits in the second and third year ensuring you remain ahead of other graduates in this fast passed industry. 

Totally Print Savvy

Print is alive and well having found its place in the digital age. Designing and preparing for print is a specialist skill involving fluid use of multiple applications. We have nearly 60 years experience in this area and you will be encouraged to produce real print using real supplies, building relationship through industry visits to printers and design agencies.

100% Tutor Contact

Truly industry ready designers are born from excellent support and mentoring. We believe you should have greater access to tutors not less! Our classes involve direct learning in small groups and you will have 100% tutor contact during your timetabled curriculum. Whether up-skilling or returning to education we aim to directly support your creative growth in preparation for work.

Curriculum Overview

1st Year

A grounding in Design & Communication Principles with a focus on Print Design. 
Modules: Typography, Visual Literacy Application Skills 1, Branding, Advertising Contextual Practice 1 (written elements).

• Design & Branding communication principles
• Colour, composition, typography, imagery and design process
• Problem solving through research
• Specialist application skills in Print Design
• Idea generation & research skills
• Live projects client facing & pitching
• Placement Preparation

2nd Year

Industry set live projects, identifying specialisms with a focus on Screen Design.
Modules: Motion Design, UI Design Application Skills 2, Graphic Design & Branding Specialisms, Contextual Practice 2 (written elements).

• Screen Design & Branding specialist principles
• Personalisation of studies through Practice-Based Research
• Specialist application skills in Screen Design
• Industry briefing & pitching
• Introduction of Self-Directed studies
• Placement Opportunities

3rd Year

Engage your creative talents and independent thinking, with a focus on Screen & Print Design.
Modules: Professional Practice, Final Major Project, Contextual Practice 3 (written elements).

• Self-Directed Study & specialist direction
• Autonomous studies & collaboration
• Holistic application skills in Screen & Print Design
• Industry consultation on cross media projects
• National Student Competitions
• Placement Opportunities

Specialist Equipment

Book Making | Digital Printing | Oversized Printing | Screen Printing | Tablets | Graphics Tablets | 3D Printer | 3D Scanner

Apps & A.I. You'll Learn

Traditional – Illustrator | InDesign | Photoshop | After Effects | WordPress CMS | Distiller | Figma
A.I. – ChatGPT | MidJourney | FireFly


Networking is central in building your career, confidence & getting work...
on this course we go for it connecting with leaders in Manchester Creative Networking - Creative Resources
Networking events include: School of Thought | Two+Two | Agency Portfolio Cit

Agency Visits & London Trip

Yearly visits to major and independent agencies based in Manchester and London

What Our Students Say

Online Talks

Rewatch our onlines talks including
1st Yr Talk: Harnessing Creativity | Industry Talk: Kin + Carta Brief | Alumni Talk: The Art of Food Packaging

Destinations & Placements

Apply, or Come & See Us

We welcome visits any time of the year. Please drop the course leader Alex Komlosy an email to provide at least two weeks notice or give us a call. 

UCEN Manchester
Graphic Design & Branding
60 Great Ducie St Manchester M3 1PT

Reception. 03333 222 444
Direct Line.
0161 674 3190
Email. Click to Email

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