• CollegeCamberwell
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW210

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.

Student video work

BA Graphic Design process video 2016 - Tom Guilmard

Every Object has a Spirit - Oliver Jennings

The World's Largest Enlarged Letter - Stephen Dalley and George Wood

Bangin' Nails - Jessica Fudge and Yasmin Arslan

Particitype - particitype.com - Oliver Boulton and Samuel Jones

Course detail

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

Take a look at the course blog to see some of the activities students get up to - www.camberwellgraphicdesign

Structure

Year 1

  • 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 2

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

Year 3

  • 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

Assessment methods

  • Development file
  • Essays
  • Evaluative reports
  • Peer assessment 
  • Practical work
  • Presentations 
  • Proposals
  • Self-assessment
  • Tutorial records 
  • Written assignments

Facilities

  • Digital media facilities

    Digital Media

    View images of and find out more about our digital media facilities

  • Printmaking

    View images of and find out more about our printmaking facilities

  • Camberwell's 3D workshops - foundry.

    3D Workshops

    View images of and find out more about our 3D workshops

Staff

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.

Following your UCAS application to this course all home / EU applicants will be invited to choose a date for a selection event. 

What is a selection event?

A selection event is similar to an interview. You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by course teams. The event will also give you a chance to meet current students, take a tour of the college and see the facilities.

More details about your selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen your selection event date.

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

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

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.

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

Study Abroad

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.

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.

English language requirements

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

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

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

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.

Fees and funding

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.

International fee

£17,920 (2017/18).

Additional costs

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.

Accommodation

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.

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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.

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

Alumni