- Start dateSeptember 2017
- Course length3 years
- UCAS codeW210
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
Places available 2017/18 - This course has places available. View the ‘How to apply’ section for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2017/18 entry, including others at Camberwell, visit the places available page.
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.
Student video work
BA Graphic Design News
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
- 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
- Unit 5: Context 2 - Platform
- Unit 6: Subject - Method
- Unit 7: Context 3 - Focus
- Unit 8: Subject - Audience and visibility
- 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.
Learning and teaching methods
- Collaborative work
- Group and individual tutorials and crits
- Independent study
- Individual programmes of study
- Introductions and inductions to university, college and course resources
- Key ideas lecture programme
- Learning skills in practical and technical workshops
- Lectures and visiting speaker talks
- Project based learning
- Staff and student led seminars and discussions
- Studio, external venue and other visits
- Use of resource venues and institutions
- Development file
- Evaluative reports
- Peer assessment
- Practical work
- Tutorial records
- Written assignments
- Tracey Waller - Course Leader
- Andrew Brash
- Dr Sheena Calvert
- Robert Sollis and Mia Frostner - Europa. Read an interview with Europa on Design Boom
- Sigune Hamann - Reader in Art and Media
- Charlotte Heal - Watch a talk given by Charlotte at the It's Nice That Here London 2015 event on YouTube
- Robert Hetherington
- Fraser Muggeridge - Watch a Frieze magazine interview with Fraser talking about his work on Vimeo
- Alex Reuben - Read a review of Alex's 'Newsreel' documentary on the Telegraph
- Olya Troitskaya
- Sam Winston - Watch Sam Winston and Oliver Jeffers talk about their book 'A Child of Books' on YouTube
- Charlie Abbott, Jake Hopwood and Alex Hough - Work Form. Read an article about 'NOIT', a journal designed by Work Form, on It's Nice That
How to apply
Home / EU applicants
You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:
- University code - U65
- UCAS course code - W210
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.
Home / EU 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.
There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Chelsea College of Arts:
- Through one of our official representatives in your country
- Through UCAS
- By direct application using our international application form (PDF, 243 KB)
Find out more information about applying through UCAS.
Interviews and portfolio reviews - international students can be interviewed in a number of different ways:
- By phone or Skype
- In your country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives
- At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts
Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course.
For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.
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
- BTEC Extended Diploma or NVQ Level 3
- 3 GCSEs grade C or above
- University of the Arts London level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
- 4 GCSEs grade C or above
- 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
- 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 level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
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
- 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
This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
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.
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
Careers and alumni
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.
- Ben Freeman - Founder, Ditto Press
- Ben Gibbs - Senior Designer, Wolff Olins
- Mike Guppy - Designer and Developer, Animade
- Alice Hawkins - Photographer
- Kris Hofmann - Director
- Jack Latham (Jam City) - Producer, DJ
- Hans Lo - Director
- Stewart McMillan - Senior Designer, Studio Output
- Kate Moross - Art Director and Graphic Artist, Studio Moross
- Oliver Jennings - Film-maker and audio-visual artist
- Clare Shilland - Photographer
- Vicky Simmons - Freelance Art Director
- Alex Sushon (Bok Bok) - Co-founder, Night Slugs record label, producer, DJ
- Jamie Thompson - Art Director, Viceland, Vice Media
- Sam Winston - Artist