- Start dateSeptember 2018
- Course length1 year
Graduate Diploma Graphic Design
Places available 2018/19
This course has places available for UK and EU applicants only. Applications have now closed for international students. You can apply for this course via the ‘How to apply’ section on this page. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2018/19 entry, visit the clearing page.
Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design at Chelsea College of Arts will enable you to develop your graphic design thinking and making.
The course is designed for students who wish to progress to MA level or develop a sustainable professional practice.
This course is subject to validation. Validation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there maybe be some changes to course content. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.
Content: what students can expect
- To be introduced to key elements of graphic design alongside historical and contemporary theoretical contexts
- Project led learning based around a ‘tool kit’ of transferable and professional skills as well as discipline specific crafts such as typography, analogue and digital image making and contemporary presentation techniques
- Opportunities to work on commissions and live projects
- To improve your application of conceptual, production and critical skills within the design process. This will be through input from professional practitioners, group crits, workshops, seminars and discussions
- A visiting speaker programme exploring contemporary practice and culture
- To be part of a university wide graphic design postgraduate community
- To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops. These include ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio-visual editing suite. View the Chelsea facilities section
Unit 1: Research and risk-taking - exploring your practice
This unit is designed to foster a spirit of experimentation and exploration of the wider subject area. Alongside set projects you will have workshop and technical inductions.
You will receive an introduction to graphic design practice and the range of the subject. The unit will help you develop an approach where theory, practice and professional context are interdependent.
Unit 2: Contexts - critical and professional
This unit features a series of practice-based activities including participation in live projects. It will encourage you to explore the creative possibilities of the design brief through a variety of processes, interactions, media and materials.
You will receive studio-based teaching and be expected to undertake self-directed research and study.
Unit 3: Practice - development and realisation
In the final unit of the course you will focus on self-directed project work. You will interact with, and present to a designer or client.
You will test and challenge your concepts through the use of professional processes and making skills. These will be informed by enquiry into client and consumer needs.
Learning and teaching methods
- Group crits, demonstrations and workshops
- Lectures and seminars
- Studio based group and individual tutorials
- Studio teaching by practitioners
- Studio visits and work-based learning opportunities
- Visiting specialists
- Design submissions
- Oral and visual presentations
- Peer and self-assessment
- Research portfolio
- Written work
How to apply
Applicants can apply for this course using our online application form.
The home / EU deadline is midday, Friday 31 August 2018.
There is no deadline for international applications. Students should apply as early as possible.
Further information about the application process
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
- Personal details
- Current and/or previous education and qualification details
- Employment history
- Personal statement
- CV (curriculum vitae)
Once you have submitted the form you will be emailed a link to upload your portfolio (30 images).
The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.
- BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
- Evidence of ability in art or design
- Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
- Personal statement
- Portfolio of work
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:
- IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
This should be about 500 words long and include:
- Your reasons for choosing the course
- Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
- If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience
- A range of visual, graphic design work - image and typography based and/or print and film
- Clear documentation of work that is too large to bring to interview
- Self-initiated as well as project or course work
- Evidence of research and development of ideas
- Evidence of recent written work - where relevant to your practice
What we look for
- Evidence of visual and conceptual creative abilities
- A clear commitment to the chosen field of study
- Potential to develop the full range of practical, expressive, critical and conceptual skills necessary to complete the course
- Ability to benefit from the learning environment and experience
- Awareness of contemporary and historical graphic design contexts
- Some understanding of the formative role that contemporary critical thought and historical study can play in the development of personal creative work
- Ability to communicate and discuss issues and ideas (in English) both verbally and in written form
- Awareness of how to communicate with an audience
- Ability to manage your own time and initiate projects
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee
This course has an undergraduate-level qualification as an entry requirement, and the quoted Home / EU fee rate reflects the fact that most students enrolling on this course will already possess an undergraduate-level qualification. Home / EU applicants for this course who do not already have an undergraduate-level qualification, or students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA), may pay a reduced fee.
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.
Careers and alumni
The course is committed to supporting students in developing the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to continue your creative practice.
Personal and professional development is integrated into the course with opportunities to develop your skills through bespoke sessions, talks with industry practitioners, career management and postgraduate progression seminars.