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Summer Study Abroad - Graphic Media Design

Summer Study Abroad - Graphic Media Design

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Summer Study Abroad - Graphic Media Design

On this three-week course, you will explore the relationships between graphic design, communication systems and media processes through studio based technical workshops, discussions and other activities. With an emphasis on visual research and exploration we will examine the function of typography.

During Summer Study Abroad - Graphic Media Design there will be an emphasis on visual research and exploration. We will examine the function of typography, layout and basic design principles, letterpress, screen printing, risograph printing, digital filmmaking and the relationship between print and digital media.

For latest design techniques and inspiration, we will visit museums and galleries in London.

A key part of the course will be recording the process of design and you will set-up a blog to record your design journey in words, images and video. See further course information below.

Course Aims

  • Enable you to develop a critical understanding of the major theoretical perspectives in the field of media, cultural and communications studies
  • Explore the social, historical and economic context of the transformations in media and communications practices and industries and their impact on contemporary cultures and societies
  • Develop your understanding of a range of contemporary media, cultural and communications practices
  • Support you to be able to present your research and ideas confidently – in writing, face-to-face and online

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Be aware of the economic forces which frame the media, cultural and creative industries, and the role of such industries in contemporary political and cultural life
  • Critically analyse the theoretical issues that inform the media and cultural studies discipline
  • An ability to locate and evaluate information from a range of written and / or visual source
  • An ability to communicate ideas and arguments in an academic form

Requirements for Assessment

  • Contribution to online media presence
  • Presentation of ideas and concept development


"As a student studying design, I enjoyed being able to have the opportunity to use and learn about the equipment UAL has to offer that my school doesn’t. I feel as if this course was almost too short.”

"Overall it was a great experience. We went to a few museums that were fun and relevant, we were encouraged to go out and explore on our own."

Please bring the following materials with you on the first day of the course:

  • Laptop (preferably a Mac) if you have one.
  • DSLR Camera – A DSLR camera is preferred for the course, if you have your own please bring it with you. If you do not have a DSLR camera you can use the camera on your phone during the course.
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • A4 Notebook

Course Handbook: Download an example Handbook - Graphic Media Design PDF (359kb).

Each year the content, dates and tutors vary slightly.

Summer Study Abroad Entry Requirements:

Academic - You should have some prior study in design and drawing skills, but do not need to have studied Graphic Design before. If you have questions about your academic background, please make an enquiry to the UAL Study Abroad team.

English - 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 IELTS score of 6.0. The Language Centre at University of the Arts London offers English courses for overseas students.

On completion of this course you will receive a short course certificate of attendance.

If you need any additional supporting documentation to convert this into credit for your home university we can provide that for you. This summer school is based on classes from BA Graphic Design courses at London College of Communication.