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PgDip Design For Visual Communication

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Study mode

Full time


30 weeks

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Visual Communication

Course type


Course Summary

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

Course overview

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.

Learning and teaching methods

Group discussions
Online discussion and image forums
Student/Tutor Presentations
Set and self-initiated project work
Research and development techniques

Assessment methods

Written Presentations
Documentation of your creative process.


Design Resolution is an intensive series of 'hands-on' studio workshops that develop basic design skills including visual grammar, typography, structure and the grid.
Collaborative Unit (20 Credits)
Professional and Academic Context (continued)
Project Proposal and Realisation (40 Credits)

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, from all over the world. PGDip Design for Visual Communication attracts applicants from a variety of backgrounds. Applicants will normally have a first degree or its equivalent. We welcome applications from non-traditional backgrounds and in particular mature students.

University information

University of the Arts London (UAL) is one of the world’s leading and most prestigious arts universities, maintaining an internationally renowned list of alumni. Being located in London, it is an ideal place to study a postgraduate qualification and get connected to a thriving creative sector. With modern campus sites spread across London, UAL offers over 100 taught postgraduate degree courses at the university’s six specialist colleges and...more

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