- Start dateSeptember 2017
- Course length3 years
- UCAS codeW216
BA (Hons) Graphic Design Communication
Places available 2017/18 - This course has places available. View the ‘How to apply’ section for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2017/18 entry, including others at Chelsea, visit the places available 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.
Student video work
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
- Unit 1:Introduction to Graphic Design Communication
- Unit 2: Analogue and digital visualisation
- Unit 3: Concept and narrative
- Unit 4: Creativity and context
- Unit 5: Expanded practice
- Unit 6: Exploring the professional brief
- Unit 7: Developing a personal language
- Unit 8: Culture and context
- 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.
Learning and teaching methods
- Academic, production, presentation skills and technical workshops
- Analogue and digital demonstrations
- Exhibition, studio and other visits and trips
- Focused research
- Group and individual crits, tutorials and feedback
- Group work
- Lectures and seminars
- Live projects
- Online learning
- Portfolio surgeries
- Presentations to clients and peers
- Project briefings
- Research methods and analysis exercises
- Self-directed learning
- Simulated work-based learning
- Studio group teaching
- Team projects
- Technical orientations, demonstrations and inductions to workshops
- Essays, reports and final dissertation
- Peer assessment, seminars and project blogs
- Self-initiated project and individual portfolio submissions
- Student self-evaluations
- Tutorials and mid-year reviews
- David Barnett - Course Leader
- Nigel Bents
- Peter Chadwick
- Kieron Dennis
- Sakis Kyratzis
- Paula Nessick
- Danilo Piga
- Anna Rhodes
- Eva Sajovic
- 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
How to apply
Home / EU applicants
You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:
- University code - U65
- UCAS course code - W216
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.
Following the UCAS deadline all Home / EU applicants for this course will be invited to submit a mini-portfolio of 15 images using the University’s Electronic Portfolio Review Tool (EPRT). 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.
There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Chelsea College of Arts:
- Through one of our official representatives in your country
- Through UCAS
- By direct application using our international application form (PDF, 243 KB)
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
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.
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:
- IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
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
This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
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.
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.
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.
Careers and alumni
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 freelance designers, art directors and moving image specialists. Others have 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.