A short description of each unit and what you can expect.
Unit 1 - Introduction to Graphic Design
Unit 1 is an introduction to your course, the college, the university and London. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable to reflect on your own background and how that shapes the way you approach your course.
Unit 2 - Provocations
Unit 2 will introduce you to core skills and essential knowledge associated with the discipline of graphic design. Workshops and software inductions, you will explore the analogue and digital construction of graphic design, informed by historical and contemporary research.
Unit 3 - The language of images
Unit 3 will introduce you to a range of conceptual and practical approaches to image-making in relation to the discipline of graphic design. Technical workshops and software inductions will support you to experiment with both analogue and digital methods of production.
Unit 4 - Publish
Unit 4 encourages you to expand your knowledge of the specialist methods and media associated with graphic design practice. Working both collaboratively and independently, you will experiment with a range of key processes and techniques that will inform the production of final outcomes.
Unit 5 - Design systems 1
Through a series of exercises you will explore a variety of methods of design thinking, making and writing. Like going to the graphic design gym, you will work out your design muscles through a series of exercises in order to become a stronger more confident designer.
Unit 6 - Collaborative and collective practices
Unit 6 is a collaborative unit which aims to introduce you to different ways in which collaborative practice can focus and enhance your own creative strengths through working towards shared a goal.
Unit 7 - Design systems 2
This unit continues the systematic approach to making work, and it will ask you to respond more directly to content through design thinking, making, reflecting and writing.
Unit 8 - Agency and representation
This unit challenges you to identify who you are as a graphic designer. Informed and supported by seminars and workshops you will critically analyse the role of the practitioner and your position as an innovative and adaptable designer
Unit 9 - Communities of enquiry
In this unit you will work on a self-directed research project. You will produce visual and written work. The balance between these will be decided between you and your tutors.
Unit 10 - Staging
Based in your research from unit 9 you will develop a body of work to visually communicate your findings and opinions to an appropriate audience. You will edit and photograph your portfolio of work before designing a public platform for presenting it to the world.
Optional Diploma between year 2 and 3
Between year 2 and 3 you can opt to undertake the Diploma in Professional Studies or the UAL Diploma in Creative Computing. Whilst these Diplomas are an optional aspect of the course, they are designed as an integrated and assessed part of your journey through the course.