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Summer Study Abroad - Graphic Communication Design

Summer Study Abroad - Graphic Communication Design
Central Saint Martins
Open to all levels

At Central Saint Martins we encourage you to examine your role not only as a graphic designer but as a citizen of the world; you have the skills to communicate vital messages to the world, have an impact and be a catalyst for change.

This course is ideal if you want to experience one of our renowned subjects for 3 weeks in London and:

you are 18+ and a student, or you want to apply to university


you work, or aspire to work in a creative industry


you have an interest in art and design


you want to study and live in London for 3 weeks.

Why choose Graphic Communication Design?

During this intensive three-week course you will:

  • experience a taster of five Practices that make up the expanded field of Graphic Communication Design and the philosophy of Central Saint Martins
  • learn from tutors who are practicing artists, designers and communicators; benefit from access to specialist facilities at one of UAL’s six Colleges.
  • meet like-minded individuals from around the world!
  • get involved in UAL life through social events and activities.
  • All courses are assessed and you'll receive a record of study at the end of the programme if you wish to request credit from your home institution.

Entry requirements

English requirements

You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an English language level equivalent to IELTS score of 6.0.

More information on English language requirements and equivalencies.

Academic requirements

Students applying for this course are expected to be independent and highly motivated, preferably having completed one year at university (undergraduate-level study).

Previous experience in the subject area is required for this course.

Course details

At Central Saint Martins we understand Graphic Communication Design as an expanded practice. This means we are interested in thinking about design from a broad range of perspectives that challenge conventional understandings of the discipline. During this intensive three-week course you will experience five practices undertaken by the expanded designer of the 21st century:

  • Designer as Producer
  • Designer as Activist
  • Designer as Researcher
  • Designer as Artist
  • Designer as Enabler

These practices will introduce you to a range of ways of thinking and working across the field of contemporary design. For each Practice, you will be given a different project brief to challenge your understanding of the role. These short projects will stimulate your thinking and enable you to become more confident of your own areas of interest and specialism. While embarking on these projects there will be opportunities to explore the city, thus enabling you to experience what London has to offer as a world-renowned cultural destination. The final week of the course will provide a more open-ended studio environment to enable you to bring more of your own personal position and agenda to the fore. During this final week you will choose one of the five Practices briefs to develop further into your own personal project.


  • This course is the equivalent to 4 US style credits.
  • If you’re planning to claim credit towards your degree, be sure to check with your home institution before you apply.

Tutor information

Abbie Vickress is a graphic designer, researcher and design facilitator, exploring knowledge distribution in public engagement, cultural spaces, situations, and society. This critical approach manifests through printed design, exhibition/exhibit design, curation, writing and facilitation
of workshops and events.

Abbie’s projects vary from design interventions in large institutions such as the V&A Museum, The Royal Academy of Arts and the National Portrait Gallery; to international design collectives such as Derailed (a design residency along the Trans-Siberian Railway), and The State of Unsettlement (a range of projects and events about the UK’s departure from the European Union). She has also co-authored several editions of Thames&Hudson’s Graphic Design School publication.

A graduate of the Royal College of Art Visual Communication MA (2014), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Abbie has taught at a variety of UK institutions across BA and MA level. These include, The Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins (UAL), and the University of the West of England. She is a member of the International Society of Typographic Designers.

Dates and fees

Course Dates

Date: 3 July 2023 - 20 July 2023

Cost: £2,265

Time: Mon - Thu / 10am - 4pm

Duration: 3 weeks

Location: Granary Sq

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Please bring with you to the first session: 

  • A laptop with Adobe Suite Software installed
  • A digital camera or phone with a camera
  • A black marker pen
  • Pens and pencils (including coloured pencils or pens)
  • Scissors, a small ruler, eraser

Items can also be purchased from the college shop.

Summer Study Abroad Award

We offer a Summer Study Abroad Award for all of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses.

To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older, hold an offer to join one of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses, and be enrolled on an undergraduate degree programme outside the UK.

  • The award covers the tuition-fee only and depends on you successfully enrolling for the course. Our cancellation policy still applies.
  • Award winners will be asked to take part in promotional activities to promote Summer Study Abroad, including social media posts and takeovers, and blog writing.

Find out how to apply.

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