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FdA Graphic Design

College
CAMBERWELL
Start date
September 2018
Course length
2 years
UCAS code
W201

Course summary

Applications closed 2018/19
Applications for 2018/19 entry to this course have now closed. Visit the Clearing page for a full list of UAL courses that are open for application.

FdA Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts explores contemporary approaches to branding, advertising and graphic design through a range of media and processes.

The course has been developed in collaboration with design industry practitioners to reflect current working practices.

Student work

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Course details

What you can expect

  • To explore key practical and conceptual strategies involved in the creation of communication across different media
  • To learn about brand identity and its' implementation
  • To look at the development of communication in relation to advertising and marketing
  • To examine communication and management strategies necessary for successful team working. As part of this you will start to identify your own specialist interests
  • To look at the impact of technology on working methods
  • Periods of work-based learning. Through these you will engage with design industry representatives and make valuable contacts
  • To develop written, verbal and visual communication skills. These help prepare you for your chosen industry
  • A combination of industry set and personal projects. These allow for further examination of ideas and concepts
  • Course units that relate to work-based learning. These take the form of live projects, work placements and collaborative research
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities

Course units

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Introduction to FdA Graphic Design and FdA Illustration
  • Unit 2: Defining the subject - Process, methodology and diagnostic study
  • Unit 3: Work based learning 1 - Making contact with the industry
  • Unit 4: Defining the subject - Sustained specialist exploration

Year 2

  • Unit 5: Evaluation and individual programme of study planning
  • Unit 6: Work based learning 2
  • Unit 7: Reflection, planning and presentation
  • Unit 8: Individual programme of study

At the end of the year, students are given detailed guidance about how to appropriately approach employers. Students holding a Foundation degree (FdA) may also be considered for the third year bridging unit, which enables them to apply to the final year of the Camberwell BA Graphic Design course.

Work experience and opportunities

FdA Graphic Design students get to work with Camberwell’s partners from the industry, gaining insight into the key issues of contemporary graphic design practice. Previous collaborators have included Bibliothèque, Kin, Moving Brands and UsTwo.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Group critiques
  • 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
  • Staff and student led seminars and discussions
  • Use of resource venues and institutions
  • Work based learning

Assessment methods

  • Development file
  • Essays
  • Peer assessment
  • Portfolio of work
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Self-assessment
  • Student logs
  • Tutorial records
  • Written assignments

Staff

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 - W201

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.

This course does not accept entry into year 2.

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

This course does not accept entry into year 2.

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

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 portfolio of work

and

  • 1 A Level
  • 3 GCSE passes grade C or above

or

  • Equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications. For example - International Baccalaureate Diploma with 3 certificate passes, 2 at higher level and 1 at standard level, with minimum grade 4 in each certificate pass

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:

IELTS Academic Test for UKVI is approved by the UK government for your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. No other test can be accepted. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability.

Portfolio advice

  • The portfolio should be mainly made up of work that demonstrates an understanding of the importance of using process and methodology to generate design solutions
  • You should show a desire to engage with contemporary practice in relation to graphic design, 3D design, advertising, architecture, typography and illustration
  • You should show a desire to engage with and use language and an interest in working with typography
  • An ability to analyse, interpret and respond to content in order to create successful pieces of communication

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.

Accommodation

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Scholarships and awards

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Careers and alumni

Having completed a period of work-based learning, our FdA Graphic Design students are able to go straight into employment. Recent graduates having found jobs at companies such as Bibliothéque, Dave, the Design Studio, Faber & Faber, FiveFootSix, Johnston Works, Kino Design, Quayola and Sky Creative.

Students can also apply to the third year of Camberwell's BA Graphic Design or BA Illustration. This is subject to their grade at FdA level and successful completion of the college's bridging studies programme.

Alumni

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