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Postgraduate

MA Graphic Design Communication

College
Camberwell College of Arts
Start date
October 2021
Course length
15 months (full time)

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.

Student work

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    , Repositioning the role of print publications in India - Juhi Vishnani - MA Graphic Design Communication
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    , Sean Murphy - MA Graphic Design Communication
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    , Data driven installation - Christian Witternigg - MA Graphic Design Communication
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    , Discrete messaging within community locations - Xiyuan Chen - MA Graphic Design Communication
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    , Typographic diary MA Graphic Design Communication, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL

Ellis van der Does

Yanenxi Hu

Ayuko Tanaka

Chenghao Lee

Course overview

MA Graphic Design Communication at Camberwell 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.

What to expect

  • A practice led course underpinned by critical design thinking and exploration
  • Teaching from experienced tutors who have their own personal specialist design or art practice and research
  • To work in a variety of spaces in proximity to technicians, subject experts and your peers
  • To contribute to a community of peer learners at master's level with emphasis on the collaborative study components and tasks of the course
  • To study themes in contemporary design practice and discourse including habitable and material worlds, environmental ecologies, new desires, aesthetics and the exchange between digital and material cultures
  • 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
  • Access to library and special collection resources, shared studios and exhibition spaces
  • To seek knowledge from tutors, college wide lectures, UAL postgraduate community events and London’s cultural industries
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops that include printmaking, photography, film, moving image, digital, plastic, ceramics, wood and metalwork. View the Camberwell facilities

Mode of study

MA Graphic Design Communication is offered in full-time mode and runs for 45 weeks over 12 months. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.

Please note this course will be moving to a 15 month mode of study from 2021/22.

Course units

Unit 1 - Exploring emergent design contexts and practices

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

  • Inductions to learning resources and workshops
  • To be introduced to the 4 key elements of the course - research folder, portfolio of practice, study proposal and critical writing
  • To develop your observational, research and analytical skills
  • To be introduced to critical thinking within design-based practice
  • To look at the impact social, cultural, ethical and economic factors have studio on graphic communication design
  • To submit work in progress including an annotated bibliography and a 1500 word project proposal

Unit 2 - Developing a design framework: critical and practical

In this unit you will start to build your individual project proposal. It will be a period of creative exploration and academic discovery.

  • To look at existing and emerging design theory and practice
  • To develop a design framework from which to work from
  • To contribute to a working peer group identified by a shared theme
  • To be able to communicate how you situate your practice in relation to other practitioners
  • To formulate a clear direction for you practice and writing
  • To take part in cross MA Design courses collaborations and learning opportunities
  • To submit work in progress and a 3000-word document

Unit 3 - Designing modes for communication and engagement

The final unit of the course will focus on the production of your personal project.

  • To refine your outcomes in relation to a specific audience
  • To consider the terms communication, engagement, interaction and participation
  • To present work at the graduate end of year event
  • To submit a professional statement, a resolved body of work, a design publication and a 5000-6000-word document

Note: 120 Credits must be passed before the final unit is undertaken.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Collaborative field work and practice
  • Design briefs
  • Independent research and practice
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Design practice workshops
  • Peer group feedback
  • Self-initiated project briefs
  • Talks, lectures and seminars
  • Teaching contexts
  • 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

Technical 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

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

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

English language requirements

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

 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

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 utilise the university MA community as part of personal creative and professional development
  • Sufficiently strong verbal and written skills  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

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

Video

  • As part of your application please include a 2-3 minute video to describe an organisation, network, or community that you would like to become involved with on a personal and professional level. Think of this as a hypothetical idea which asks you to imagine how you might value sharing your skills with teams of people interested in any type of social action or creative innovation. Explain your choice to us. Rather than choosing a graphic design communication studio, you should think of a group of people who are working in interesting ways to share/create/facilitate ideas and skills for others and imagine yourself as part of this community. The community could be in your neighbourhood, within a specialist centre, or an online community
  • Within your video you must be visible, speak clearly in English and look towards the camera. Ensure you record yourself alone and the audio is clear
  • Please ensure you read PebblePad's file uploads and limits when submitting your video. If you have declared a learning difference or a disability in your application you may submit an audio or written file if this task is not accessible to you

Portfolio advice

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

2021/22 entry

We are still accepting applications from home students for 2021/22 to this course.

Apply

Home students apply by direct 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.

Please add ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Initial application check and selection

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. These will be reviewed by the academic team.

Following the review of the digital portfolio we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to book an online interview selection event.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf. If you would like to request feedback please email ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at Camberwell 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. Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English if necessary) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Application deadline

15 March 2021

We recommend you apply as soon as possible before this date, for equal consideration. We may still be able to accept applications after this date, depending on availability.

When you’ll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. We’ll be in touch shortly after you apply with information about next steps. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

2021/22 entry

Please note this course has reopened for applications and the new deadline is 15 March 2021. This course will consider applications after the deadline, subject to places being available. We recommend you apply as soon as possible before the deadline for equal consideration.

Apply

There are 2 ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course:

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

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.

Please add ccw.international@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Initial application check and selection

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. These will be reviewed by the academic team.

Following the review of the digital portfolio we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to book an online interview selection event.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf. If you would like to request feedback please email ccw.international@arts.ac.uk.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at Camberwell 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. Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English if necessary) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Application deadline

15 March 2021

We recommend you apply as soon as possible before this date, for equal consideration. We may still be able to accept applications after this date, depending on availability.

When you’ll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. We’ll be in touch shortly after you apply with information about next steps. Find out more about what happens after you apply.


Fees and funding

Home fee

£11,220 per course

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals. However, the rules are complex and you can find out more on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

International fee

£22,920 per course

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

International fees are currently charged to students from countries outside of the UK. However, the rules are complex and more information can be found on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

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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.