BA (Hons) Graphic Design Communication

Clearing places 2016

This course has Clearing places available for international applicants. To find out how to make a direct application, call us on +44 (0)20 7514 1852. For a full list of 2016/17 course places at Chelsea College of Arts and other UAL Colleges, visit the Clearing 2016 page.

BA Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea College of Arts examines the wide-ranging aspects of the graphic design process and contemporary communication. The course places a strong emphasis on exclusive live projects in collaboration with the creative industries, and the work students produce reflects their passion for new ideas as well as developing their digital and technical skills.


Course Director

David Barnett

Course Location

Chelsea College of Arts, John Islip Street

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

£9,000 per year (2016/17).

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.

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17).

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 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September - Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January - Friday 17 March 2017
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April - Friday 23 June 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for international applicants only for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeW216
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content: what students can expect

  • The opportunity to explore: analogue and digital typography, design strategy, editorial design, digital and interactive design, fashion and music industry promotion, moving image and print media
  • To work on multiple creative briefs, learning how to manage a diverse workload with a variety of goals
  • To learn the key skills of their profession, supported by lead practitioners in their fields
  • To develop a sound understanding of the links between technology and the user, between creativity and the professional sector as well as between theory and practice
  • To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops including laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio visual editing suite. View the Chelsea facilities section


Year One

  • Unit 1: Introduction to study in Higher Education
  • Unit 2: Analogue and digital visualisation
  • Unit 3: Concept and narrative
  • Unit 4: Creativity and context

Year Two

  • Unit 5: Expanded practice
  • Unit 6: Exploring the professional brief
  • Unit 7: Developing a personal language
  • Unit 8: Culture and context

Year Three

  • Unit 9: Professional and personal practice
  • Unit 10: Dissertation and project blog

Work experience and opportunities

The College's strong links with the creative industries mean our BA Graphic Design Communication students gain vital commercial experience through a number of exclusive, bespoke commissions, award schemes and live projects they work on; many of which lead to job offers on graduating.


David Barnett - Course Director


  • Nigel Bents
  • Kieron Dennis
  • Matt Dixon

Associate Lecturers

  • Ben Brannigan
  • Peter Chadwick
  • Joe Joiner
  • Ray O’Meara
  • Paul Oakley
  • Myles Palmer
  • Charlie Patterson
  • Anna Rhodes
  • David Russell


The College's links with the creative industries provides our students with opportunities to engage in work-based learning, and often leads to job offers on graduation.

Many of our former students are designers, art directors and moving image specialists who’ve worked for companies including Angel Interactive, BBC Publishing, Browns Design, Channel 4, Elle magazine, Fitch & Co, Ministry of Sound, MTV, Penguin Publishing, Six Creative, Wonderland magazine and Why Not Associates.


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


  • 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.

English Language Requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English isn't a students' first language they must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • Evidence of a critical engagement with visual communication concepts and products
  • An aptitude for developing communication propositions based on extensive research
  • Applicants that can communicate an enthusiasm for the subject

Portfolio advice

Portfolios should show the following:

  • A concise portfolio indicating self-censorship and critical ability
  • Use of words, type and image, realised in a variety of media and formats including still and moving image
  • Evidence of an understanding of the broad range of the subject
  • Clear documentation of work that’s unavailable or too large to bring
  • Self-initiated as well as project or course work
  • Evidence of research and development of ideas
  • Evidence of recent written work

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited to submit a mini-portfolio of 10 images via the University’s Electronic Portfolio Review Tool (EPRT) upon receipt of application.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview.

Interviews will take place between the following dates:

  • 29 February - 4 March 2016
  • 7 - 11 March 2016
  • 14 - 18 March 2016

Applicants may be offered a place on one of the following alternative courses at Camberwell College of Arts:

  • BA Graphic Design
  • BA Illustration
  • FdA Graphic Design
  • FdA Illustration

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


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


Home / EU applicants

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W216

International applicants

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

To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international undergraduate application form and send this, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents, to the address below.

Download International Undergraduate application form [PDF, 185 KB]

International Office
Chelsea College of Arts 
16 John Islip Street

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application from both 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

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