MA Graphic Design and Typography

Anglia Ruskin University

Program Description

MA Graphic Design and Typography

Anglia Ruskin University

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This course is designed to explore and investigate issues and practices in graphic communication, as a means to enhancing professional understanding and academic scholarship in this subject.

Based upon a combination of self-directed and industry-driven projects, this course builds upon the high standards of student achievement in our established BA (Hons) Graphic Design, which is characterised by an emphasis towards quality and innovation in typography as well as an inclusive, content-driven approach toward graphic communication in general. The course is designed to challenge preconceived thinking, and to develop innovative approaches to professional practice while enhancing practical expertise and theoretical understanding.

Additional course information

Throughout the course the dynamics of creative thinking are developed and considered in relation to the professional, business and social contexts of graphic communication. Your project work will be developed through collaboration and dialogue with staff, visiting professionals and fellow students.

It is designed both for new graduates and established professionals looking to reposition their career portfolio and engage with professional practice at a more advanced strategic level. It also provides for those planning either full-time or complementary careers in design education at undergraduate level.

The course enjoys strong links with a range of industry professionals, including contacts with Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, ANT Interface design, Sony, and numerous independent design practices and consultants.


In addition to excellent industry-standard digital media facilities, Cambridge School of Art offers exceptional resources for letterpress printing from wood and metal type, screenprinting and offset litho, three-dimensional fabrication and moving image production.

Links with industry and professional recognition

This course is profession-based and makes use of material from the Design Council, the Chartered Society of Designers, the Bureau of European Design Associations and the Royal Society for the Arts.

Relevant specialist bodies include the International Society of Typographic Designers, the Designers and Art Directors Association (D&AD) ATypi and SOTA.

The delivery of the course draws upon these bodies for codes of practice and other professional guidelines, case studies, ongoing dialogue on issues of interest and concern within the profession, and direct input to assignments and module content. The philosophy of the course is informed by the perspective of both the employer/client and the profession. Cambridge School of Art has initiated an Employers Consultative Group, comprising practitioners and employers, to ensure an appropriate alignment between student capability and employer need.

Work placements
You may opt to undertake a work placement in fulfilment of the Self-initiated Project module on this course.

Associated careers

This course will equip you for professional employment or self-employment in graphic design, design consultancy and related fields including brand development, art-editorial design, publishing, typography/typesetting, advertising, and new media design.

It also provides a basis for developing a teaching career in higher education, or progression to further study and research at doctoral level.

Entry Requirements: A good honours degree, (or equivalent) normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply. Entry will normally be subject to submission of a portfolio, and an interview Candidates for whom English is not a first language will be expected to demonstrate IELTS at level 6.5, or equivalent. Non-Academic Conditions: Art Portfolio, Interviews

Portfolio requirements

While it is difficult to itemise the specific content we would expect of a portfolio, the work contained in it should indicate both a graduate-level competence in graphic design or a cognate subject, and appropriate evidence of enquiry and experimentation to indicate potential development through postgraduate study.

International applicants
International applicants are encouraged to host their portfolios online and provide us with the URL or submit in pdf format by email attached. CD or hardcopy formats submitted by post to our International Admissions Office are also acceptable but please note that these will not be returned to applicants.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements.

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Last updated June 15, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Cambridge, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price - UK/EU: £5,665; International: £10,500