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BA (Hons) Graphic Design:

Visual Communications

at UCA Maidstone

3 years full-time

University for the Creative Arts at Maidstone

Oakwood Park, Maidstone, Kent ME16 8AG

T: +44 (0)1622 620000


Course Leader: Colin Gearing

T: 01622 620040

Course administrator: Janice Thompson

T: 01622 620072

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work from the BA (Hons) Graphic

Design: Visual Communications course.

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BA (Hons) Graphic Design:

Visual Communications at UCA Maidstone

3 years full-time

This course embraces the belief that graphic

design crosses over into other disciplines and

references other contemporary art practices.

You experience an interdisciplinary curriculum

that bridges other practices such as video/film,

fine art, animation, photography, illustration and

interactive design. Employers need graduates

with a multi-disciplinary approach to creative

problem solving. We give you the skills

necessary to respond to this challenge.

You have the opportunity to experience the

breadth of the subject within a dynamic set of

cross disciplinary skills. Design is increasingly

becoming an integrative discipline, where

designers must integrate aspects of aesthetics

and the fine arts, aspects of the social and

behavioural sciences and be able to work in

teams drawn from many specialised areas of

knowledge. This has inevitably shaped our

approach to curriculum design and delivery,

particularly in the provision of the extended

practice options. By choosing from a range

of options such as text and image, animation,

photography, video, illustration, printmaking,

web design and book arts, we encourage you

to combine ideas, methods and skills in order

to address visual communication problems in

innovative ways and to ‘extend practice’.

Our most recent external examiner’s

report said:

‘In many respects the standards are higher than

in similar programmes in that the scale and

range of work undertaken addresses Graphic

Design as a whole discipline rather than

specialising in small areas of practice covered

by the subject. The level of academic debate

evident in work of those students working at

the forefront of the discipline is aspirational and

demanding of both subject and audience.’

Professional experience

You have the opportunity to do a work

experience option and participate in our

international exchange programme or in joint

projects with our European partner universities

and colleges. In your final year you produce a

professional portfolio and have the opportunity

to display work at the D&AD show in London.

Student life

Students at UCA Maidstone come from a

wide variety of backgrounds and nationalities,

bringing a diversity of ideas to the course and

generating a vibrant and creative atmosphere.

Located less than one hour from central London,

you are able to enhance your studies with

easy access to London’s museums, galleries,

design consultancies and advertising, whilst

enjoying everything that Maidstone itself has

to offer. Maidstone is a lively market town

with fantastic shopping and a burgeoning

club scene.

Graduate successes

Graduates Rafael Sarias, Chloe Wooldridge,

Alan Offord and Anastasia Tjarana are all

featured in the D&AD Student Annual 2008

and Rafael was also shortlisted for the Penguin

Design Award 2008.

Amish Shah completed a placement at

the internationally recognised typography

magazine “Baseline” and was offered full

time employment. Chloe Wooldridge was also

offered full time employment at this prestigious


Anja Bjorli Dahle won “Best of Show” at the 2007

D&AD “New Blood” Exhibition in London which

features 100 leading design and advertising

courses from the UK, Europe and US exhibiting

2,500 of the best graduates of advertising,

graphic design and communication arts.

Career opportunities

This course prepares you for further study or

for work in design consultancies, advertising

agencies, publishing houses, museums, local

authorities, television, film companies and

web design specialists. Graduates go on to

become freelance designers, art directors and

typographic designers or study postgraduate

degrees and postgraduate teaching.

Recent guest lecturers

Arnold Schwartzman, graphic designer, film

director and creative director; Paul Farrington,

multimedia, design and branding, game

design; Tony Brook, Spin Design; Alan Kitching,

typographic artist; Hans Dieter Reichart,

designer publisher.

What our students say

‘Studying graphic design at UCA Maidstone has

been the best experience of my life, as well as

learning and creating, I have made some great


Roohina Sheikh

‘Can I just say how lucky and honoured I feel to

have studied at the University for the Creative

Arts. I realise now that the structure of the

course is very good, and has allowed me to be

extremely creative and find my own style.’

Jude Gay

‘UCA provided me with a perfect springboard

into the industry, helping me to gain my first

graphic design job before graduating.’

Sarah Henson

Entry requirements & applications

You should apply for entry via UCAS (details

below). Your application will be judged initially

on the strength of your application form. If

successful you will be invited for an interview to

which you should bring a portfolio of relevant

and appropriate work.

The tariff points and entry criteria for the

course are detailed in the course specification

downloads provided with each course profile at and in the entry profiles

on the UCAS website.

If your first language is not English, you

need evidence that you have achieved

IELTS 6.0/ TOEFL 550 (CBT 213).

Apply via UCAS:

3 years full-time: Route A: W211 M BA/GD

Route B: E211 M BA/GD

Finding out more

Would you like to visit UCA Maidstone’s

campus and meet our staff? We hold open

days in October, February and June. For more

information and to book a place, go online at:

To find out more about UCA Maidstone’s

campus, and range of courses please go

online at:

Contact us by telephone on 01252 892883

or email

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