12 months
23610 GBP/year
11550 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design at University of the Arts London (UAL)  will enable you to develop your graphic design thinking and making.


The Graphic Design at University of the Arts London (UAL)  will enable you to develop your graphic design thinking and making. It is designed for students who wish to progress to MA level.

What to expect

  • You will be introduced to the key elements of graphic design alongside historical and contemporary theoretical contexts  
  • Project-led learning based around a ‘tool kit’ of transferable design research skills as well as discipline-specific crafts such as typography, analogue and digital image making and contemporary presentation techniques 
  • Opportunities to work on live projects. These will help you improve your application of conceptual, production and critical skills within the design process through input from professional practitioners, group crits, workshops, seminars and discussions. 
  • A visiting speaker programme exploring contemporary practice and cultural contexts 
  • Personal and professional development with opportunities to develop your skills through bespoke sessions, talks with industry practitioners and postgraduate seminars 
  • Be part of a university wide graphic design postgraduate community 
  • Have access to Chelsea's shared workshops. These include ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio-visual editing suite.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

Research and risk-taking - exploring your practice

  • Projects that will encourage experimentation and risk-taking with a broad range of materials, processes and methods
  • Integrated teaching of history, theory and contemporary practice alongside project work
  • A visiting speaker programme

Practice, development and realisation

  • Self-directed research and study
  • Studio-based teaching and practice
  • Tutorials and crits
  • Specialist talks

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The deadline has passed. However, this course will remain open for international students until places have been filled.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Evidence of ability in art or design
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio of work

Personal statement - This should be about 500 words long and include:

  • Your reasons for choosing the course
  • Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
  • If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23610 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23610 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11550 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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