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Graphic Design

Duration
1 Year
Start
September 2022
Delivery
Campus Taught

On our MA Graphic Design (with optional Professional Placement) course you’ll have the opportunity to develop your own choice of personal topic(s) within the wide arena of visual communication. This will be guided by your research and support from your supervisor.

The course is rooted in visual communication research, underpinned by theory, with an emphasis on enabling you to develop a very personal body of practical work. We’ll encourage you to generate a unique line of enquiry through developing new ideas and challenging traditional design boundaries. By the end of your programme, you should have generated a contemporary body of work that has advanced your skills to a professional level in preparation for your future in the creative industries.

The course modules challenge you to advance your critical and creative thinking skills in graphic design, across both traditional and digital media, whether that involves getting to grips with established graphics disciplines like typography, editorial, branding and packaging, or working with digital tools to create concepts for moving image, websites, apps and other new media.

You’ll be taught in a friendly studio atmosphere with the opportunity to mix with all the other MA students in the School. You will be able to explore various traditional print techniques, such as letterpress and screenprint in our specialist workshops. Then we have a full spectrum of digital print facilities for large format printing onto different material, laser cutting and 3D printing.

Why study with us

  • The opportunity for a structured work experience will be provided for every student who requests it.
  • You’ll have access to an excellent library of traditional and digital books/magazines and computers loaded with the latest industry software (such as the Adobe Creative Suite).
  • Study trips are an important part of the research activity that brings design to life. We’ve taken students on study trips to London, Berlin, Amsterdam and New York in recent years.
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What you'll do

  • You’ll get to attend lectures from guest speakers and practicing designers who are at the top of their profession.
  • Every year we hold a Design Conference Week featuring various national and international guest speakers from all areas of graphic design, branding, advertising, illustration, media and digital design.
  • At the end of the course your work will go on display at a public exhibition.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.

100%Face-to-face

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Academic expertise

Future careers

Many of our graduates have gone on to secure high profile roles in leading graphic design and creative agencies, both nationally and internationally.

Graphic designers can work in many different areas, from traditional print for book design in the publishing industry and packaging design for the food and drink industry, to the digital arena of web design and new media. Often, the career path of an artist or designer does not take a particularly conventional route. Some graphic designers work on a freelance basis, while many work for design agencies or as part of in-house departments of larger companies. Life as a graphic designer can be exceedingly fast-paced, challenging and exciting.

A design related master’s degree can open doors to employment in a range of other exciting sectors, such as advertising, art and design, business and administration, hospitality and tourism, management consulting, marketing and PR, music and performing arts, retail and sales, recruitment and human resources, teaching and education, while a number of our graduates have gone on to set up and run their own independent businesses.

Other roles that could be explored with a design related master’s degree include:

  • Advertising Account Directive
  • Advertising Account Planner
  • Advertising Art Director
  • Archivist
  • Art Therapist
  • Brand Consultant
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Fine Artist
  • Gallery Manager (Commercial)
  • Marketing Executive
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Museum/Gallery Exhibitions Officer
  • Photographer
  • Photographic Stylist
  • Press Officer
  • Press Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Production Designer (Theatre, TV, Film)
  • Television Production Assistant
  • Visual Merchandiser

Fees and Funding

2021/22
UK
Full-time£7100 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
EU
Full-time£13500 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
International
Full-time£13500 per year
2022/23
UK
Full-time£7800 per year
Part-time£867 per 20 credits
International
Full-time£14500 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

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This course is based in the School of Arts and Media located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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