BA (Hons) Graphic Design Communication

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.

Places available 2017/18

This course has places available. View the ‘How to apply’ section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2017/18 entry, including others available at Chelsea College of Arts, visit the Places available page.


Course Leader

David Barnett

Course Location

Chelsea College of Arts, John Islip Street

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
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.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

International Fee

£17,920 (2017/18).

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 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 25 September - Friday 8 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January - Friday 16 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 16 April 2018 - Friday 22 June 2018
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for 2017/18 entry. Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.
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 Graphic Design Communication
  • 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 Leader


  • Nigel Bents
  • Peter Chadwick
  • Kieron Dennis
  • Sakis Kyratzis
  • Paula Nessick
  • Danilo Piga
  • Anna Rhodes
  • Eva Sajovic

Associate Lecturers

  • Graham Bignell
  • Ben Brannigan 
  • Helen Chesner
  • Matthew Dixon
  • Isabel Gibson
  • Kasia Jezowska 
  • Jessica Marlowe
  • Bhav Mistry
  • Safwaan Motara
  • Paul Oakley
  • Ray O’Meara
  • Myles Palmer

Guest Lecturers (2016 - 17)

  • Mr Bingo
  • David Crow
  • Shona Heath
  • Rollo Jackson
  • The Beautiful Meme
  • We are Us
  • Marina Willer 
  • Wilfrid Wood

Guest Lecturers (2015 - 16)

  • Gail Armstrong
  • Tony Brook - Spin
  • Anthony Burrill
  • Jen Byrne - Dazed
  • Nina Chakrabarti
  • Lizzie Finn
  • Graphic Thought Facility
  • Give Up Art
  • Koto
  • David Pearson
  • Raven Smith - Nowness


The course'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:

Adidas, AKQA, ASOS, Bench, Bompass & Parr, Bradley & Pablo, Burberry, Canon Europe, David James Associates (DJA), Dazed Media, Ditto Press, Dream Works TV, Forth Studio, GFSmith, Glamour magazine, Grey London, Guerrilla Games, Harper Collins, Hato Press, INT Works, It's Nice That, Koto, LEGO Interactive, LOVE magazine, Liquid TV, M&C Saatchi, MSL group, MTV, Mario Testino, Matter Productions, Mother, Net-A-Porter, Nice & Polite, Nike, ODD, Ogilvy & Mather, Orlebar Brown, Passion Pictures, Pentagram, Puma, Radley Yeldar, Rankin Photography, Rattling Stick, Rogue Films, SHOW studio, Sky Arts, Someone, Studio Moross, Suburbia, Temperley London, The Mill, The Office of Optimism, VIACOM, Village, WGSN, Wednesday, Wolff Olins, Wonderland magazine, BBH, Channel 4, Elle magazine, IDEO, Spring Studios, Vogue magazine. 

Many more work as freelancers.



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.

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:

Portfolio advice

Portfolios should show the following:

  • A concise portfolio that shows a selective approach
  • Use of words, type and image, in a variety of media and formats including still and moving image
  • Evidence of an understanding of the broad range of the subject
  • Self-initiated as well as project or course work
  • Evidence of research and development of ideas
  • Clear documentation of work that’s too large
  • Evidence of recent written work

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

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

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited to submit a mini-portfolio of 15 images using the University’s Electronic Portfolio Review Tool (EPRT) following the 15 January UCAS deadline.

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 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 or Skype
  • 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.

How to apply

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.

Home / EU applicants

You must apply through 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:

Find out more information about applying through UCAS

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application from 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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