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BA (Hons) Graphic Design Communication

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 Communication at Chelsea College of Arts examines the wide-ranging aspects of the graphic design process and contemporary communication.

The course places a strong emphasis on live projects in collaboration with the creative industries. You will develop your digital and technical skills. The work you produce will reflect your passion for new ideas.

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Course details

What you can expect

To explore:

  • Analogue and digital typography
  • Design strategy
  • Digital and interactive design
  • Editorial design
  • Fashion and music industry promotion
  • Moving image and print media

You will:

  • Work on simultaneous creative briefs. This will help you learn how to manage a diverse workload with a variety of goals
  • Learn key skills of the profession supported by lead practitioners in their fields
  • Develop a good understanding of the links between technology and the user, between creativity and the professional sector as well as between theory and practice
  • To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops. These include ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, audio-visual editing suite, metal and woodwork. View the Chelsea facilities

Follow the course on Instagram - BA Chelsea Graphics

Course units

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Graphic Design Communication
  • Unit 2: Analogue and digital visualisation
  • Unit 3: Concept and narrative
  • Unit 4: Creativity and context

Year 2

  • Unit 5: Expanded practice
  • Unit 6: Exploring the professional brief
  • Unit 7: Developing a personal language
  • Unit 8: Culture and context

Year 3

  • Unit 9: Professional and personal practice
  • Unit 10: Dissertation and project blog

Work experience and opportunities

The college has strong links with the creative industries. Our BA Graphic Design Communication students gain commercial experience through exclusive commissions, award schemes and live projects. Many of these lead to job offers on graduating.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Academic, production, presentation skills and technical workshops
  • Analogue and digital demonstrations
  • Exhibition, studio and other visits and trips
  • Focused research
  • Group and individual crits, tutorials and feedback
  • Group work
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Live projects
  • Online learning
  • Portfolio surgeries
  • Presentations to clients and peers
  • Project briefings
  • Research methods and analysis exercises
  • Self-directed learning
  • Simulated work-based learning
  • Studio group teaching
  • Team projects
  • Technical orientations, demonstrations and inductions to workshops

Assessment methods

  • Essays, reports and final dissertation
  • Peer assessment, seminars and project blogs
  • Presentations
  • Self-initiated project and individual portfolio submissions
  • Student self-evaluations
  • Tutorials and mid-year reviews


  • David Barnett - Course Leader
  • Nigel Bents
  • Peter Chadwick - This Brutal House
  • Kieron Dennis
  • Sakis Kyratzis
  • Paula Nessick
  • Danilo Piga
  • Anna Rhodes - Reference Bank
  • Eva Sajovic

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 - W216

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 at Camberwell College of Arts:

  • BA Graphic Design
  • BA Illustration
  • FdA Graphic Design
  • FdA Illustration

This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.

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 Chelsea 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.

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:

Portfolio advice

Portfolios should show the following:

  • A concise portfolio that shows a selective approach
  • Use of words, type and image, in a variety of media and formats including still and moving image
  • Evidence of an understanding of the broad range of the subject
  • Self-initiated as well as project or course work
  • Evidence of research and development of ideas
  • Clear documentation of work that’s too large
  • Evidence of recent written work

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • Evidence of a critical engagement with visual communication concepts and products
  • An aptitude for developing communication ideas based on extensive research
  • Applicants that can communicate an enthusiasm for the subject

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

The course's links with the creative industries provides our students with opportunities to engage in work-based learning, and often leads to job offers on graduation.

Many of our former students are freelance designers, art directors and moving image specialists. Others have worked for companies including:

Adidas, AKQA, ASOS, Bench, Bompass & Parr, Bradley & Pablo, Burberry, Canon Europe, David James Associates (DJA), Dazed Media, Ditto Press, Dream Works TV, Forth Studio, GFSmith, Glamour magazine, Grey London, Guerrilla Games, Harper Collins, Hato Press, INT Works, It's Nice That, Koto, LEGO Interactive, LOVE magazine, Liquid TV, M&C Saatchi, MSL group, MTV, Mario Testino, Matter Productions, Mother, Net-A-Porter, Nice & Polite, Nike, ODD, Ogilvy & Mather, Orlebar Brown, Passion Pictures, Pentagram, Puma, Radley Yeldar, Rankin Photography, Rattling Stick, Rogue Films, SHOW studio, Sky Arts, Someone, Studio Moross, Suburbia, Temperley London, The Mill, The Office of Optimism, VIACOM, Village, WGSN, Wednesday, Wolff Olins, Wonderland magazine, BBH, Channel 4, Elle magazine, IDEO, Spring Studios, Vogue magazine.


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

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