• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


This Graphic Communication Design (Hons) course at the University of the Arts London (UAL) aims to equip you with the creative, conceptual, technical and critical skills expected of designers in the twenty-first century. It is part of the Graphic Communication Design programme.

Graphic communication design practice is changing. The wide availability of design software and digital production tools has resulted in a re-evaluation of what the trained, skilled designer can offer. In response, design professions have developed more sophisticated consultancy models. Design thinking, marketing, branding and strategy are now offered as a central part of their services. Graphic communication design is also increasingly carried out in a diverse range of contexts. These range from large commercial and governmental departments to independent practitioners and small enterprises.  

BA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins takes into account this current industry climate. It explores graphic communication design as an expanded practice. It will provide you with a solid grounding in the discipline's core languages, contexts and applications, while also encouraging you to test and stretch its boundaries. The course structure is devised to support three types of practitioner: 

  • The inter-disciplinary designer or polymath who wants to stay broad-based 
  • The hybrid designer who works across a targeted combination of areas 
  • The specialist who has more specific discipline focus 

Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins

  • Platforms and communities: You can specialise in a guided selection of platforms based on disciplinary areas of expertise: Narrative and Voice; Strategy and Identity; Time and Movement; Information and Systems; and Experience and Environment. Later in the course, these lead to communities of practice, based on themes and issues.
  • Co-design your curriculum: In your final year of study, you will directly influence the curriculum by developing subjects for exploration and experimentation.
  • Wide-ranging and specialist practice: The course structure allows you to balance the relationship between breadth and specialism.
  • Live projects: You can elect to tackle live briefs engaging local government, non-profits and companies. Recently, this has included work with organisations such as the BBC, the British Library, Lightvert, Louis Jadot, Mother, NHS Camden Clinical Commissioning Group, Tezenis and Transport for London.


BA Graphic Communication Design students leave with a broad and valuable understanding of graphic communication design practice in its many forms. Skills acquired enable graduates to become versatile practitioners in many exciting and diverse professions.

Recent alumni activity demonstrates the breadth of careers within the subject, embracing interactive design, web design, advertising, graphic design, information design, illustration, photography, film & TV, animation, editorial design, typographic design, packaging design, brand development, exhibition design, book design, 3D design, as well as in fine art, writing and filmmaking.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • An Introduction to Graphic Communication Design 
  • Media and Methods 
  • Core Processes 
  • Introduction to Platforms 
  • Exploring Practice 
  • Bigger Picture 
  • Identifying Communities of Practice 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

One or a combination of the following accepted full Level 3 qualifications:

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4) and one A Level at grade C or above
  • Two A Levels at grade C or above (preferred subjects include Art, Art and Design or Design and Technology)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects include Art, Art and Design or Design and Technology)
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subjects include Art, Art and Design or Design and Technology)
  • Equivalent EU/international qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma

And three GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*–C).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22920 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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