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.
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.
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.
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
Date: 3 July 2023 - 21 July 2023
Time: 10am - 4pm
Duration: 3 weeks
Please bring with you to the first session:
- A laptop with Adobe Software (if you are able)
- 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.