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MA Graphic Design Communication

College
CAMBERWELL
Start date
October 2019
Course length
1 year (full time)

Course summary

MA Graphic Design Communication at Camberwell College of Arts encourages a broad and diverse approach to thinking and practice. This helps you shape engaging and imaginative design solutions through material, media, technologies and systems of public engagement.

The course aims to align current social and cultural issues alongside emerging design practices. It will give you a solid introduction to the debates and methodologies that are at the forefront of contemporary design. You will learn how to challenge and expand this knowledge within your personal design practice.

The course will enable you to become an advanced thinker and versatile practitioner. You will be a designer with the ability to respond to both familiar and unfamiliar challenges.

This course was previously taught at Chelsea College of Arts.

Student work

Ellis van der Does.

Yanenxi Hu.

Ayuko Tanaka.

Chenghao Lee.

Course details

What you can expect

  • A practice led course underpinned by critical design thinking and exploration
  • Teaching from experienced postgraduate tutors. Each of which has their own personal specialist design / art practice and research
  • A themed introduction to stimulate knowledge of contemporary design practice and discourse
  • Access to library and special collection resources, shared studios and exhibition spaces
  • To develop a rigorous design process. This will provide you with the means to use critical thinking, shape materials and forms, generate and communicate content, develop prototypes and engage with audience testing
  • To seek inspiration and knowledge from tutors, college wide lectures, UAL postgraduate community events and London’s cultural industries
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities

Find out more about some of the projects students are involved with on designinteractions.org

Course units

Phase 1: Exploring Emergent Design Contexts and Practices

In the first phase of the course you will address emergent design practices and issues by selecting one of the following 3 themes:

  • Proximities and Encounters - The focus of this theme is on users, spaces of experience and interaction. You will look at how people's behaviour is evolving as a result of changing relationships to community, environment and policy
  • Mobilising the Studio - This theme will explore discourses and practices around co-created knowledge as a result of designers becoming mobile. We use the word mobile both in a physical and an intellectual sense. By physical we mean activities for shared knowledge and skills. The intellectual is about looking at the renewed definition of interdisciplinary practice.
  • Materiality and the Post Real - This theme will explore a wide range of interpretations of materiality. It will also look at ways in which its’ meaning is formed through practices of graphic design communication

Once you have selected one of the themes you will organise yourselves into groups. In these groups you will share knowledge, test responses and grow creative ideas and practices in response to set briefs and tasks.

You will learn how to use methods of analysis and experimentation to assemble your own findings and responses. This will lead to a defined position for a personal project.

This introduction to the course brings into focus different components of a design framework. They are critical context, conceptual enquiry and advanced practice.

Phase 2: Initiating a Framework for Design Enquiry and Practice

At this stage you will start to work on your individual major project proposal.

You will work on studio practice, reflective writing, prototyping, display and demonstration. As well as this you will occupy and perform within spaces beyond the college. This will allow you to begin to combine your own intellectual and creative experiences with the knowledge of other experts.

This part of the course also includes a short external residency at various cultural centres in London. The residency should inspire intellectual and physical interaction with existing and emerging bodies of knowledge and sites of practice.

This aims to create a relevant and engaging mode of professional practice. It also encourages excellence in practice-based research.

Phase 3: Innovating Modes of Communication and Dissemination

You will use the final stage of the course to learn how to refine your project outcomes in relation to a specific audience.

You will learn how to differentiate between the terms -communication, engagement, interaction and participation. You will find inventive ways to involve these in the final form and behaviour of your work.

Building upon the international context of the subject area you will also experiment with remote and local platforms for publishing, distribution and intervention.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Exhibition tutorials
  • General theory forum lectures
  • Independent research
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Research methodology workshops
  • Technical support and courses

Assessment methods

  • Essays, reports and dissertation
  • Final show examination
  • Peer assessment
  • Student self-evaluation
  • Tutorials and mid-year interim reviews

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
  • 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:

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

Selection criteria

We look for:

  • Evidence of creative, expressive and analytical responses to projects
  • A willingness to explore graphic design communication beyond traditional thinking and practice
  • An eagerness to exploit the university MA community as part of personal creative and professional development
  • Sufficiently strong verbal and written skills in order to fully participate in the course
  • An understanding of how context informs practice in a variety of ways, and a willingness to progress this knowledge and associated skill set

Making your application

You should apply by making a direct application.

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Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 31 July for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application. 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 submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

The portfolio should show the following:

  • A maximum of 30 images or other files such as animation, film or video
  • A range of practical project work which demonstrates conceptual thinking, design iteration and effective outcomes
  • Aspects of development work which explore experimentation beyond obvious conventions of graphic design communication practice. This can include inventive and engaging responses in relation to a brief or commercial environment
  • Clarity of communications
  • A willingness to engage with emergent practices of graphic design communication or to approach it as inter disciplinary practice

Following the review of the mini portfolio we select applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to 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 Home/EU applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

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

If you choose phone or Skype your mini portfolio that you uploaded via UAL’s online portfolio review system will be used during the interview.

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.

There are 2 ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

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

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 31 July for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application. 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 submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

The portfolio should show the following:

  • A maximum of 30 images or other files such as animation, film or video
  • A range of practical project work which demonstrates conceptual thinking, design iteration and effective outcomes
  • Aspects of development work which explore experimentation beyond obvious conventions of graphic design communication practice. This can include inventive and engaging responses in relation to a brief or commercial environment
  • Clarity of communications
  • A willingness to engage with emergent practices of graphic design communication or to approach it as inter disciplinary practice

Following the review of the mini portfolio we select applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to an interview selection event.

Interview Selection Event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academic 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 applications are available 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 Camberwell College of Arts

If you choose phone or Skype your mini portfolio that you uploaded via UAL’s online portfolio review system will be used during the interview.

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

£9,500 (2018/19 fees). 2019/20 fees to be confirmed.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19 fees). 2019/20 fees to be confirmed.

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.

Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee - Home / EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 ELQ fee. Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held.

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Careers and alumni

Many graduates are employed in interdisciplinary design studios and as senior designers in graphic and communication design companies. Graduates have also founded their own design studios working across digital environments and physical spaces as well as specialist publishing and new forms of graphic content.

Alumni

  • André Arruda - Partner, Papanapa, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Ana-Maria Grigoriu - Co-founder LOOT studio, Bucharest, Romania
  • Mayuko Hari - Art Director, Grey Advertising, New York, United States of America
  • Alistair Owen - Senior Designer, Forth, London

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

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