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Design for Visual Communication, Postgraduate Certificate

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    Application Deadline
  • 7 months
The Postgraduate Certificate Design for Visual Communication programme at the University of the Arts London (UAL) is ideal for those from diverse academic backgrounds who wish to extend and develop their prior experience through visual communication.


An intensive, vocational route into the graphic design profession that can provide a portfolio for further study at postgraduate level.

Students on the Postgraduate Certificate Design for Visual Communication course st University of the Arts London (UAL) have previously studied subjects from molecular genetics to English. The course is a confidence-building bridge to master's study as well as providing the foundations for professional career development.

You can expect

You can expect to become part of a unique learning community made up of staff, guest speakers and fellow students from a diverse range of creative disciplines and cultures. Through tutorials, set and self-initiated projects, workshops and group discussions, you will gain a deeper understanding of the design process that will enhance your practice. Visual language and grammar, typographic hierarchy, symbol design, graphic representation, identity and information visualisation are just some of the areas you will explore.

Personal projects will provide you with a foundation in the principles of visual communication whilst engaging with postgraduate level research methods and conceptual development. Examples of personal projects include: mapping directional devices in the city; the promotion of a typeface; visual analysis of people flow and visual surveys of lettering.


 Students have gone on to find employment within high profile agencies, they have progressed to work as art directors, senior designers, creative directors in areas such as interaction, branding, exhibition, editorial and information design.

Graduates of the course have gone on to work at:

  • Studio Myerscough
  • Information is Beautiful
  • Design Council
  • Fallon
  • Lewis Moberly
  • Frost
  • Unit Editions
  • Pentagram
  • The Guardian
  • Spin
  • Bibliothèque
  • Why Not Associates
  • Natural History Museum

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Research and Development 
  • Design Resolution
  • Professional and Academic Context

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 7 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description
      30 weeks - Part Time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required
  • Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required
  • Employment history.
  • CV.
  • Personal statement.
  • Portfolio.There is no requirement for a study proposal.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6645 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6645 GBP per year and a duration of 7 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3630 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3630 GBP per year and a duration of 7 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.


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