Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication

United Kingdom
Dates flexible
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview

Course summary:

An intensive, vocational route into the graphic design profession that can provide a portfolio for further study at postgraduate level, or acquire visual communication skills for your current profession.

About this course:

Available in both full-time (Diploma) and part-time ( Certificate ), these courses are designed to build confidence in those seeking to switch career, return as a mature student, wanting a bridge to master's study or those wanting to enhance their visual communication skills. You will be taught design theory and practical skills in visual language, typography, colour and information design, delivered through a series of set and self-initiated projects.

Reasons to apply:

  • The course provides an intensive vocational route into graphic design.
  • Build a distinctive portfolio of personal and research-based projects.
  • Improve your confidence in design judgement and decision-making skills.
  • The course supports a diverse range of media outputs including spatial design, screen-based design, traditional print and digital media.
  • The course also supports individual ambition in areas such as exhibition design, data visualisation, cross-media, publication design and branding.
  • You'll be taught by experienced staff and will have the chance to collaborate with visiting tutors.
  • We have a range of guest speakers including, author Peter Chadwick (This Brutal House/World), exhibition designer Margot Lombaert, animator David Daniels (worked with Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin), PhD candidate Gill Brown and entrepreneur June Mineyama-Smithson (Mamimou).

Who should take this course

Anyone Interested.

Course content

Course details:

The Postgraduate Diploma is designed to build design skills even if you are relatively new to the subject of graphic design. The course provides you with a strong, vocational portfolio and is also useful in building your confidence to undertake further postgraduate study at Masters level. This course would benefit people from a diverse range of professional backgrounds who wish to enhance their visual communication skills. Previous students have used these skills to present legal research or financial data in a clear and engaging manner. The course recognises that graphic design is one of the most important and influential of what has become known as the creative industries and that it contributes significantly, directly and indirectly, to our economic and cultural well being.

Distinctive features:

  • The Postgraduate Diploma is an intensive, full-time course
  • Supports career conversion, step up to Masters study, the acquisition of visual communication skills for your professional practice
  • Ideal for those with a more developed design-related portfolio

Please note:

We expect students to begin the course with a working knowledge of Adobe Creative suite: InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Software is not taught on the course. London College of Communication offers Short Courses in portfolio building and the relevant software skills.

Fees & Funding:

  • Home / EU fee

About Course Provider

University of the Arts London (UAL) is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. Its unique creative community is made up of six renowned Colleges, each with its own world-class reputation: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.

UAL is the world’s sixth best University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings 2018. Offering an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts, UAL is the main talent pipeline to the UK’s creative industries.

Home to a diverse community of over 18,000 students from 129 countries, UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers. Our graduates can be found in every part and at every level of the creative and cultural sectors, from heads of global business to self-employed practitioners, and on shortlists for awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.

Building on UAL’s association with some of the most original thinkers in the arts, students and staff are inspired to challenge convention, generate new ideas and nurture talent. Home to award-winning staff and students for more than a century, UAL’s Colleges are at the forefront of learning, creativity and practice in their specialist subjects. This close-knit College structure offers opportunities for learning and enquiry for people at all stages of their creative development.

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