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Graphic Communication Design (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
This Graphic Communication Design (Hons) course at the University of the Arts London (UAL) equips you to become a versatile graphic communication design practitioner in a wide range of media and contexts, from paper to screen, from digital environments to public spaces. 


Graphic communication design is the art of generating and diffusing visual culture. Its practice is as old as cave painting but with the advent of mechanical, photographic and then digital means of reproduction, graphic communication design became a dominant and ubiquitous force in the world, disseminating the ideas and norms of our visual culture. As a means of recording, informing, promoting and persuading, graphic communication design is responsible for shaping the ways people see and act in the world.

This Graphic Communication Design (Hons) course at University of the Arts London (UAL) aims to develop your technical and conceptual skills and situate your practice socially and ethically, so that you emerge with strong technical skills, creative abilities and an understanding of the power of design to influence and shape human behaviour. This is particularly important amid unprecedented social, political and environmental changes.

The accelerating pace of transformation raises important questions about the future forms the world will take and, as a consequence, the future aims and possibilities of graphic and communication design. Such challenges demand that practitioners envisage and direct change, and accept responsibility as managers of material and cultural resources, data and information.

During their studies, BA Graphic Communication Design (Hons), students:

  • Choose disciplinary areas of focus and build strengths in specific technical skills
  • Co-create content based on student-initiated themes and issues
  • Acquire skills and process knowledge based on both the historical tradition of the graphic communication design discipline and the potential and pitfalls of new technology within the systems and structures of society, providing a practical expression of the connections between meanings and audiences
  • Join a large, diverse design student community spread across five continents while enjoying direct access to London, one of the world's great capital cities of design
  • Have easy access to London’s vast cultural and social resources.


The BA Graphic Communication Design (Hons) 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.

Design groups or companies formed by our graduates or employing our graduates include: Aboud Sodano, Bibliotheque Design, Barnbrook Design, Fallon, FUEL Design, GTF, Johnson Banks, Moving Brands, Multistorey, Pentagram, Praline, REG Design, Sans+Baum, Studio Myerscough, Tom Hingston Studio, Tomato, Why Not Associates, Wolff Ollins.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course structure: 

The BA Graphic Communication Design (Hons) curriculum is delivered through a mix of project work, lectures, seminars and assignments in discrete units.

  • Main study - Stage One
Stage One will introduce the landscape and languages of graphic communication design and welcome you to a community of designers. 
  • Main study - Stage Two
You will begin Stage Two in your chosen specialist area and will have the opportunity to begin to collaborate with students across the course and across the college, with options to shift focus at key points as the year progresses. 
  • Main study - Stage Three
Stage Three will address problem finding, problem solving and problem setting. The focus will be on depth of knowledge, and situating practice around student-initiated issues and themes.

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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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Entry requirements

  •   Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4) and 1 A Level at Grade C or above
  •  2 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)
  •  Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma

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

Entry to this course will also be determined by assessment of your portfolio. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19930 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19930 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

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