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Graduate Diploma Graphic Design

College
CHELSEA
Start date
September 2020
Course length
1 year (full time)

Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design at Chelsea College of Arts will enable you to develop your graphic design thinking and making.

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Course overview

The course will enable you to develop your graphic design thinking and making. It is designed for students who wish to progress to MA level.

What to expect

  • To be introduced to the key elements of graphic design alongside historical and contemporary theoretical contexts
  • Project-led learning based around a ‘tool kit’ of transferable and professional skills as well as discipline-specific crafts such as typography, analogue and digital image making and contemporary presentation techniques
  • Opportunities to work on commissions and live projects. These will help you improve your application of conceptual, production and critical skills within the design process through input from professional practitioners, group crits, workshops, seminars and discussions.
  • A visiting speaker programme exploring contemporary practice and cultural contexts
  • Personal and professional development with opportunities to develop your skills through bespoke sessions, talks with industry practitioners and career management and postgraduate seminars
  • To be part of a university wide graphic design postgraduate community
  • To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops. These include ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio-visual editing suite. View the Chelsea facilities

Mode of study 

Graduate Diploma Graphic Design is offered in full-time mode and consists of 30 teaching weeks over 1 academic year. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.

Course units

A short description of each unit and what you can expect.

Unit 1 - Research and risk-taking: exploring your practice

This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university.

  • Inductions to learning resources and workshops at Chelsea
  • Projects that will encourage experimentation and risk-taking with a broad range of materials, processes and methods
  • Integrated teaching of history, theory and contemporary practice alongside project work
  • A visiting speaker programme
  • Specialist talks and workshops
  • Studio-based teaching and practice
  • Group and individual presentations
  • To prepare a project proposal for unit 2

Unit 2 - Practice, development and realisation

In this unit you will produce a significant body of work in response to your personal project proposal. This will further your individual ambition towards postgraduate study.

  • Self-directed research and study
  • Studio-based teaching and practice
  • Tutorials and crits
  • Specialist talks
  • Presentations to staff, peers and professional designers
  • Proposal writing and feedback sessions
  • Project management seminars
  • Technical and presentation skills workshops, including portfolio presentation
  • To produce a process book that includes your project development work, research and written work
  • To present work in the college show

Learning and teaching methods

  • Group crits, demonstrations and workshops
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Studio based group and individual tutorials
  • Studio teaching by practitioners
  • Studio visits and work-based learning opportunities
  • Visiting specialists

Assessment methods

  • Design submissions
  • Oral and visual presentations
  • Peer and self-assessment
  • Research portfolio
  • Written work

Staff

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Evidence of ability in art or design
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio of work

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work, personal statement and reference.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • A combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Selection criteria

We look for:

  • Evidence of visual and conceptual creative abilities
  • A clear commitment to the chosen field of study
  • Potential to develop the full range of practical, expressive, critical and conceptual skills necessary to complete the course
  • Ability to benefit from the learning environment and experience
  • Awareness of contemporary and historical graphic design contexts
  • Some understanding of the formative role that contemporary critical thought and historical study can play in the development of personal creative work
  • Ability to communicate and discuss issues and ideas (in English) both verbally and in written form
  • Awareness of how to communicate with an audience
  • Ability to manage your own time and initiate projects

Making your application

Portfolio advice

  • A range of visual, graphic design work - image and typography based and/or print and film
  • Clear documentation of work that is too large to bring to interview
  • Self-initiated as well as project or course work
  • Evidence of research and development of ideas
  • Evidence of recent written work - where relevant to your practice

Personal statement

This should be about 500 words long and include:

  • Your reasons for choosing the course
  • Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
  • If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience

Applications will open shortly, please continue to check for updates

Application deadline

Home/EU applicant period may stay open until midday Monday 31 August 2020.

Although we advise you to apply sooner than this. Some courses are very popular and may close to applicants early.

Graduate Diploma transfers:

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current graduate diploma course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at Chelsea College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Deferred entry application:

This course will consider deferred entry applications. If you are interested in requesting a deferral, you can only request this if you are successful at application.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to or asked to book onto a suitable date to attend an interview selection event.

Interview selection event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academics conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

The event will also give you a chance to meet current students, take a tour of the college and see the facilities.

More details about your interview selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen or been allocated your date.

Selection for Home/EU applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

  • In person at Chelsea College of Arts
  • By phone or Skype

If you choose phone or Skype, you will be sent an email requesting that you upload a digital portfolio using UAL’s online portfolio review system.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Please note that applications made to this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Applications will open shortly, please continue to check for updates

There are 2 ways international students can apply to a graduate diploma course at Chelsea College of Arts:

Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.

Application deadline

International applicant period may stay open until midday Monday 31 August 2020.

Although we advise you to apply sooner than this. Some courses are very popular and may close to applicants early.

Graduate Diploma transfers:

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current graduate diploma course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at Chelsea College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Deferred entry application:

This course will consider deferred entry applications. If you are interested in requesting a deferral, you can only request this if you are successful at application.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Immigration history check

Whether you’re applying online via UCAS, through a UAL representative or by direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you don’t complete the check we won’t be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to or asked to book onto a suitable date to attend an interview selection event.

Interview selection event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academics conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

More details about your interview selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen or been allocated your date.

Selection for international applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made through one of our official representatives
  • In person at our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

If you choose phone or Skype, you will be sent an email requesting that you upload a digital portfolio using UAL’s online portfolio review system.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Please note that applications made to this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.


Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£11,220 (2020/21).

Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee

This course has an undergraduate-level qualification as an entry requirement, and the quoted Home / EU fee rate reflects the fact that most students enrolling on this course will already possess an undergraduate-level qualification. Home / EU applicants for this course who do not already have an undergraduate-level qualification, or students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA), may pay a reduced fee.

International fee

£22,920 (2020/21).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Additional costs

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.

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Careers and alumni

The course is committed to supporting students in developing the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to continue your creative practice.

Personal and professional development is integrated into the course with opportunities to develop your skills through bespoke sessions, talks with industry practitioners, career management and postgraduate progression seminars.

Find out how careers and employability helps our students and graduates start their careers.

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