MA Graphic Design Communication

Course suspended

MA Graphic Design Communication has been suspended and will not be taking applications for 2016.

MA Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea College of Arts encourages a broad and diverse approach to thinking and practice that helps students shape engaging and imaginative design solutions through material, media, technologies and people.


Course Director

Sadhna Jain

Course Location

Chelsea College of Arts, John Islip Street


Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length1 year
Start DateCourse suspended

Content and structure

Content: what students can expect

  • A studio based, practice led course underpinned by a theoretical framework that aims to promote lively, autonomous and reflective learners who have their own creative position on contemporary debates and society
  • To be taught how to organise and use design thinking in highly individual ways
  • To initiate frameworks for projects within which theoretical research and design practice are purposefully questioned and explored in relation to a theme, problem or proposition
  • To develop their own rigorous design process, which will provide students with the means to employ critical thinking, shape materials and forms, generate and communicate content, develop prototypes and engage with audience testing
  • To participate in individual and group tutorials, attend workshops with outside writers, designers, and artists as well as develop skills through Personal Professional Development and on-line resources
  • Postgraduate talks introduce students to a range of visiting speakers whilst the in-house Graphic Design Communication lecture series offers the chance to hear current practitioners discussing their work


  • Phase 1: Analysis of practice and exploration of methodologies
  • Phase 2: Development and consolidation
  • Phase 3: Resolution

These phases are set within a credit framework of three assessed units: 

  • Studio practice and Advanced studio practice, which run sequentially
  • Theoretical studies, which runs throughout the course

Studio practice involves evolving and developing a personal programme of studio work and related research. Theoretical Studies provides a framework for students to develop a critical research paper, enabling them to locate their ideas and practice in relation to contemporary debate on cultural and theoretical issues.

Throughout the course students participate in individual and group tutorials, developing their skills through Personal Professional Development workshops and on-line resources while the postgraduate talks are organised that introduce them to a range of visiting artists and practitioners.

Work experience and opportunities

Our past collaborative projects and workshops have included partnerships with the Design Museum, E4, Le Gun magazine, former editor of Frieze magazine Lizzie Finn, Wordsalad design group, digital media company The Mill and Chelsea’s Textiles Environmental Design research centre. We recently had students take part in an exchange with Madrid, as part of the course’s Erasmus project.


Sadhna Jain - Course Director

Sadhna Jain


Visiting Staff

Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Study proposal
  • Portfolio of work
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • IELTS level 6.5 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)


The College is committed to supporting students in developing the skills and knowledge necessary to continue their creative practice, for employment or for further study.

Recent graduates have exhibited work at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and been awarded a fellowship by the Royal Society of the Arts.


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