BA (Hons) Graphic Design

BA Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts focuses on challenging convention. Students are encouraged to experiment, develop their own distinct voice and look for appropriate methods of producing work. The course is run in close collaboration with the city's graphic design industry, giving our students the skills and professional exposure to prepare them for their future careers.

Facts

Course Leader

Tracey Waller

Course Location

Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,250 (2017/18).

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

 

 

International Fee

£17,920 (2017/18).

Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course. 

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

Start DateSeptember 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 25 September - Friday 8 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January - Friday 16 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 16 April 2018 - Friday 22 June 2018
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application Deadline15 January 2017
UCAS CodeW210
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content: what students can expect

  • To produce wide ranging projects ranging from the commercially focused to the more experimental, as well as engaging with the principles of social, political, commercial and industrial debates
  • To produce process driven work across different areas of communication design such as typography, book design, print, exhibition graphics, interactive, motion graphics and video
  • A series of key ideas lectures, which introduce important questions and theories that underpin contemporary art and design
  • Course tutors from a range of different disciplines, including artists, designers and filmmakers. The second year of this course is taught by Europa, a London-based graphic design company
  • To work with influential design and advertising agencies Camberwell has established links with, which also enables our students to take up work placements with these companies
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities section

Structure

Year One

  • Unit 1: Introduction to BA Illustration, Graphic Design and 3D Design
  • Unit 2: Defining the subject - What is Graphic Design
  • Unit 3: Context 1- Primary research
  • Unit 4: Subject - Possibilities

Year Two

  • Unit 5: Context 2 - Platform
  • Unit 6: Subject - Method
  • Unit 7: Context 3 - Focus
  • Unit 8: Subject - Audience and visibility

Year Three

  • Unit 9: Context 4
  • Unit 10: Subject - Realisation

Work experience and opportunities

Our BA Graphic Design students gain first hand experience through working on projects with leading organisations and businesses including Audi, Alexander McQueen, The BBC, Harrods, MTV, Nike, Paul Smith, South London Gallery, Tate and The Wellcome Trust.

Students can also study abroad in the second year of their degree as part of the College's Erasmus scheme.

Staff

Tracey Waller - Course Leader

Tracey Waller has an MA in Graphic Design from the Royal College of Art, a degree from Central Saint Martins and over 14 years experience of working as a motion graphic designer for major TV stations and production companies. Waller's practice has included producing title sequences for BAFTA award-winning dramas, film titles, broadcast graphics and typography for commercials.

Tracey delivered a paper at ATypI - Association Typographique International in Dublin 2010. A personal project was featured in the RotoVision publication Recharge your Design Batteries by John O'Reilly and Tony Linkson, published in 2009. She had a short film screened as part of One Minute Wonders at the Cameo Cinema in Edinburgh.

Staff

Visiting Tutors

Careers

Camberwell BA Graphic Design graduates are currently working in advertising, branding, corporate identity, illustration, interactive design, print design, product design, film and video with leading companies such as Mother, Why Not Associates and Wolff Olins.

Many of our graduates have set up their own studios, including A Practice for Every Day Life, Brighten the CornersBurgess and Beech and Hyperkit

Alumni

Entry Requirements

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.

Applicants will have, or are expected to achieve, either:

  • A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • 1 GCE A Level
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

or

  • BTEC Extended Diploma or NVQ Level 3
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

or

  • University of the Arts London level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • 4 GCSEs grade C or above

or

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above 
  • An equivalent level of performance in other internationally recognised national school leaving or university entrance qualifications

or

  • Other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements 

In exceptional circumstances, applicants may be considered if they present a portfolio of equivalent standard to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and have:

  • 2 GCE A Levels
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

Where conditional offers are made to GCE A Level applicants these will normally be at grade C or above.

If English isn’t your first language

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

IELTS Academic Test for UKVI is approved by the UK government for your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. No other test can be accepted. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability. 

Portfolio advice

  • All project work should be clearly presented indicating project briefs
  • Work should show the research, references and processes leading to the project outcomes
  • Portfolios should communicate personality behind the work

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • An ability to explore, articulate and develop ideas
  • An ability to research information and visual material to support your ideas
  • Your portfolio to demonstrate a range of appropriate skills and technical abilities 
  • An ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • An ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited to submit a mini-portfolio of 15 images via the University’s Electronic Portfolio Review Tool (EPRT) upon receipt of application. 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview and should bring their full portfolio.

Applicants may be offered a place on one of the following alternative courses:

  • BA Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea College of Arts
  • BA Illustration at Camberwell
  • FdA Graphic Design at Camberwell
  • FdA Illustration at Camberwell

Any such decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants’ creative potential and interests.

International applicants

Interviews and portfolio reviews - applicants can be interviewed in a number of different ways: 

  • By phone or Skye
  • In their country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives 
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

FdA bridging unit entry requirements

To join the third year of the BA Graphic Design course, FdA graduates must:

  • Be experienced in Graphic Design
  • Demonstrate competence to an appropriate level
  • Demonstrate willingness and readiness to undertake extended academic writing
  • Have achieved or be expected to achieve a Merit or above
  • Have IELTS level 6.0 or above if English isn’t their first language

Please note, all candidates’ suitability will be explored at interview and through the submission of a portfolio.

FdA portfolios must demonstrate:

  • An understanding and application of subject knowledge and underlying principles
  • Management of learning through reflection, planning, self-direction, subject engagement and commitment
  • Skills in the selected media
  • Awareness and adoption of appropriate conventions
  • Sensitivity to the needs of the audience
  • Systematic identification and investigation of appropriate sources

 

Funding

Use UAL’s scholarship search to find out what funding may be available to you.

How to apply

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.

Home / EU applicants

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W210

International applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

Find out more information about applying through UCAS

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application from Home, EU and International applicants.

Study Abroad applicants

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course for a period of up to three terms. 

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section

FdA bridging unit applicants

To apply to join the third year of the BA Graphic Design course you'll need to download and complete the bridging unit application form.

The deadline for applications is 30 April.

Download ‌FdA bridging programme application form [Word, 58 KB]

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