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BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Start date
September 2018
Course length
3 years
UCAS code

Course summary

Applications closed 2018/19
Applications for 2018/19 entry to this course have now closed.

BA Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts focuses on challenging convention.

You will be encouraged to experiment, develop your own voice and look for appropriate methods of producing work. The course is run in close collaboration with the city's graphic design industry. This gives our students the skills and professional exposure to prepare them for their future careers.

Student Work

BA Graphic Design process video - Tom Guilmard.

Sentinel - Ollie Barbieri.

Wellcome Trust Window Display - Peter Hudson.

Particitype - Oliver Boulton and Samuel Jones.

Wheel of Doom - Harry Winteringham and Imogen Reekie.

BA Graphic Design Stories

Course details

What you can expect

  • Projects ranging from the commercial to the more experimental
  • To engage with the principles of social, political, commercial and industrial debates
  • To produce process driven work across different areas of communication design. These include typography, book design, print, exhibition graphics, interactive, motion graphics and video
  • A series of key ideas lectures. These will introduce important questions and theories that underpin contemporary art and design
  • Course tutors from a range of different disciplines, including artists, designers and filmmakers. The second year of this course is taught Europa, a London-based graphic design company
  • To work with design and advertising agencies Camberwell has established links with. These enable you to take up work placements with these companies
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities

Take a look at the course blog - camberwellgraphicdesign

Course units

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Introduction to BA Illustration, Graphic Design and 3D Design
  • Unit 2: Defining the subject - What is Graphic Design
  • Unit 3: Context 1 - Primary research
  • Unit 4: Subject - Possibilities

Year 2

  • Unit 5: Context 2 - Platform
  • Unit 6: Subject - Method
  • Unit 7: Context 3 - Focus
  • Unit 8: Subject - Audience and visibility

Year 3

  • Unit 9: Context 4
  • Unit 10: Subject - Realisation

Work experience and opportunities

Our BA Graphic Design students gain first hand experience through working on projects with leading organisations and businesses. These include Audi, Alexander McQueen, The BBC, Harrods, MTV, Nike, Paul Smith, South London Gallery, Tate and The Wellcome Trust.

Students can also study abroad in the second year of their degree as part of the college's Erasmus scheme.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Collaborative work
  • Group and individual tutorials and crits
  • Independent study
  • Individual programmes of study
  • Introductions and inductions to university, college and course resources
  • Key ideas lecture programme
  • Learning skills in practical and technical workshops
  • Lectures and visiting speaker talks
  • Project based learning
  • Staff and student led seminars and discussions
  • Studio, external venue and other visits
  • Use of resource venues and institutions

Assessment methods

  • Development file
  • Essays
  • Evaluative reports
  • Peer assessment
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Proposals
  • Self-assessment
  • Tutorial records


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How to apply

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W210

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.

Following your UCAS application to this course all home / EU applicants will be invited to choose a date for a selection event.

What is a selection event?

A selection event is similar to an interview. You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by course teams. 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 selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen your selection event date.

Applicants may be offered a place on one of the following alternative courses:

  • BA Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea College of Arts
  • BA Illustration at Camberwell
  • FdA Graphic Design at Camberwell
  • FdA Illustration at Camberwell

The decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants’ creative potential and interests.

FdA bridging unit

The bridging unit application deadline was 30 April 2018.

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

There are 3 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

Find out more information about applying through UCAS.

Interviews and portfolio reviews - international students can be interviewed in a number of different ways:

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

Study Abroad

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course.

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.

FdA bridging unit

The bridging unit application deadline was 30 April 2018.

Entry requirements

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work, personal statements and reference.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • A Level - 2 A levels grade C or above
  • or Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • or Pass, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • or Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • or Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • or Equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications. For example - International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 24 points or above
  • and 3 GCSE passes grade C or above

We will also consider other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements.

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:

FdA bridging unit entry requirements

To join the third year of the BA Graphic Design course, FdA graduates must:

  • Be experienced in Graphic Design
  • Demonstrate competence to an appropriate level
  • Demonstrate willingness and readiness to undertake extended academic writing
  • Have achieved or be expected to achieve a Merit or above
  • Have IELTS level 6.0 or above if English isn’t their first language

Please note, all candidates’ suitability will be explored at interview and through the submission of a portfolio.

FdA portfolios must demonstrate:

  • An understanding and application of subject knowledge and underlying principles
  • Management of learning through reflection, planning, self-direction, subject engagement and commitment
  • Skills in the selected media
  • Awareness and adoption of appropriate conventions
  • Sensitivity to the needs of the audience
  • Systematic identification and investigation of appropriate sources

Portfolio advice

  • All project work should be clearly presented indicating project briefs
  • Work should show the research, references and processes leading to the project outcomes
  • Portfolios should communicate personality behind the work

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • An ability to explore, articulate and develop ideas
  • An ability to research information and visual material to support your ideas
  • Your portfolio to demonstrate a range of appropriate skills and technical abilities
  • An ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • An ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19 fees).

Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19 fees).

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.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

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Careers and alumni

Camberwell BA Graphic Design graduates are currently working in advertising, branding, corporate identity, illustration, interactive design, print design, product design, film and video with leading companies such as Mother, Why Not Associates and Wolff Olins.

Many of our graduates have set up their own studios, including A Practice for Every Day LifeBrighten the CornersBurgess and Beech and Hyperkit.


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

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