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BA (Hons) Graphic Design at UEL

Graphic design has come of age and has a new sense of purpose. Future designers need to be prepared for new challenges, and have the ability to work both individually and collaboratively, making large-scale projects happen and bringing big ideas to life. Graphic designers may become a bridge for ideas, connecting different people and groups, rather than focusing on products. This course prepares students for a future career in graphic design by looking at the practical skills involved, as well as academic theory. A sense of the spirit of design is core to this programme, both for the staff team and for students.

Two students progressed to the Royal College of Art from the 2013 cohort, against remarkable international competition. UEL graphic design students have participated in Fraser Muggeridge’s Typography Summer School for the past three years. Held in London and New York, our students have worked alongside postgraduate design students from universities in Europe and America. Graphic design undergraduates have also taken UEL’s award of ‘Best Student’ for two years running.




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Dan Duran, Programme Leader

I gained a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Camberwell College of Arts after 10 years of working in the Advertising and Film Industry. I came from a background in Media having studied a BTEC then a HNC in Media Production. I specialised in digital techniques and soon found myself working on advertising and film. I held a Senior position at the Moving Picture Company as a VFX Artist for nearly 10 years. My work include credits on The Harry Potter franchise, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James Bond films alongside a few hundreds commercials (IMDB). I also worked closely with directors like Dawn Shadforth and Chris Cunningham on music videos such as Kylie Minogue ‘Chocolate’ and Primal Scream’s ‘Some Velvet Morning’. I specialised in the production of Motion graphics, Typography, Title sequences and the Composition of CGI elements. Due to my vast ongoing industry experience I have been a visiting lecturer at the Royal Academy of Arts Schools, Camberwell College of Arts and Chelsea College of Art. Currently I am a full-time Senior Lecturer and Programme leader of the Graphic Design BA (Hons) at the University of East London. I also find time to work on my own practice where I am interested in storytelling via different media. Image: still from Primal Scream ‘Some Velvet Morning’, 2002.




Tim Foster, Principal Lecturer

I gained a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication (1972); an A.D.F. (Manchester), School of Advanced Studies, Manchester Polytechnic (1973); and a University of Bristol Certificate in Education, School of Education, Bristol University (A.T.D. 1975). I was Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts (1985) and Member of the Chartered Society of Designers (1985). During my teaching career I have been Senior Lecturer in Typography (1985–9) and Head of MA Graphic Design (1989–92) at Central Saint Martins; Head of Field of Design at Newport College of Art and Design (1992–5); and Head of Division of Graphic Arts and Illustration, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge (1995–9). I joined UEL in 1999. Image: British Airways identity, Negus & Negus, 1974.



Stephen Barrett

I studied BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins, graduating in 2007. I then worked as a designer at Fraser Muggeridge studio from 2008–14, with clients such as the Barbican, Camden Arts Centre, Henry Moore Institute, Serpentine Gallery, Tate and Whitechapel Gallery. In 2014 I set up my own design practice. I began teaching at UEL in 2010 and am currently a 0.4 Lecturer in Graphic Design, Module Leader for Typography and a third year tutor. I have lectured and conducted workshops at Winchester School of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Typography Summer School 2010–12. I also occasionally write for the Eye magazine blog. Image: Building icon designs for Ram Place Fashion Market map, Barbican, 2014.



Matt Bucknall

I graduated from BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins in 2007 (1st Class Honours). Since then I have worked across the design industry in a variety of disciplines including publishing, fashion and advertising. Throughout this time I have been fortunate to work on projects for Nike, Ninja Tune, Glastonbury Festival, Tate Galleries, Arcadia Group and Samsung. I have taught Summer design schools and evening classes in design at Central Saint Martins as well as third year at UEL. I currently run my own practice alongside freelancing. Image: Guide and exhibition materials for the Catlin Art Prize, 2013.



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Jonathan Clark

Jonathan Clark is a graphic designer, professional photographer and practising fine artist. He has worked on a broad range of projects: Corporate ID, branding, print design, editorial photography and installation art. He is currently working on the documentation of family anthropology and archaeology through the values invested in personal photographs and artefacts.



Ed Gill

I studied BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts (now Camberwell College of Arts), and MA Illustration at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1998. I then became a director of commercials and music videos through Academy Films, directing spots for clients such as Ikea, Prudential, innocent drinks and Sony, and music videos for The Divine Comedy, The Beta Band, V V Brown and Onn+Brr. In 2001 I won a D&AD award for directing. In addition to continuing freelance design and illustration work I have also taught regularly at Chelsea College of Art and Design and Camberwell College of Arts. I am currently a full-time Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at UEL. My role includes running the graphic design department for the Art and Design Foundation and Extended Degree programmes, and I am Module Leader for first year and Senior Lecturer for third year on BA (Hons) Graphic Design. Image: still from Ikebana Baby, 2000, 16mm film.



Andrew Osman

I graduated from Central Saint Martins BA (Hons) Graphic Design in 2008 and have since worked for Wood McGrath and Christie’s Marketing in addition to regular collaborations with independent designers, architects and artists. The focus of my practice is typographic design. I recently designed a bespoke typeface for the Tate publication Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs. I joined UEL in 2012 as a first year tutor. I now teach both first and third year students at UEL as well as teaching foundation students at Ravensbourne.




Visiting Lecturers

Lina Avramidou
Hani Abusamra

Clare Shilland
Frith Kerr
Flo Heiss
Caryn Franklin
Nic Benns (Momoco)
Kellenberger White
Vicky Simmons (Odd)
Sean Perkins (North)
Kane Davis
Ian Emes

Peter Ainsworth (Esquire)
Jonathan Barnbrook
Bernard Canniffe
Richard Combline (Blind Pig)
Craig Boagey
Sara De Bondt
Dan Eatock
Simon Esterson (Eye)
Ken Garland
James Jarvis
Mireille Fauchon
Jonathan Glazer
Robert Green (Doves Type)
Andrew Holmes
Mary Ikoniadou
James Langdon
Mark McKeague (Dentaku)
Fraser Muggeridge
Stephen Osman
Luca Ostacchini
Joseph Pleass
Clare Shilland
Stuart Smith
Yuri Suzuki
Francesco Tacchini
Spencer Thursfield (Point 35)
Mike Trow (Vogue)
We Are Laura
Charlotte-Maëva Perret
Dawn Shadforth