MA Graphic Design

University for the Creative Arts

Program Description

MA Graphic Design

University for the Creative Arts

MA Graphic Design UCA

MA Graphic Design

Our MA Graphic Design course has been structured to promote the role of designers as skilled professional communicators, and firmly embed a culture of research and problem solving into creative practice.

Our course aims to promote specialism and mastery in your own unique area of graphic design - which you'll identify and develop with us on this MA. Enabling you to produce meaningful outcomes from informed research is a top priority.

Length of study: One year full-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Epsom

Course overview

Using the extensive industry links brought by our course staff, you'll be encouraged to foster connections with industry partners within your area of specialism. With the help of visiting lecturers, industry experts and live briefs, you'll gain real-life experience in the design industry. An emphasis will be placed on how to present both yourself and your design work in a professional arena.

The industry orientation of this course is concerned with exploring graphic design languages in all their facets. You'll enhance your understanding of the aesthetic and commercial value of your work, and accrue professional experience which will add innovation to your practice.

On this course, you'll be taught through a range of lectures, workshops, tutorials, live pitches and presentations. We also place a strong emphasis on independent research.

Stage 1: You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

Stage 2: During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Stage 3: In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities.

Industry partners

You'll benefit from well-established industry links with corporate, media, cultural and creative organisations.

Our course has links with:

  • Design Bridge
  • Pearlfisher (design group)
  • FutureBrand
  • The Brewery
  • The BBC
  • Imagine
  • Bloom
  • Interbrand.

We also have regular guest lecturers and recent guests have included:

  • Richard Williams - Founder of Williams Murray Hamm
  • Tim Perkins - Group Director of Design Bridge
  • Philip Carter - Founder of Carter Wong Tomlin
  • Helen Healy - Picture Editor for the Guardian newspaper.

Careers

MA Graphic Design alumni go on to work in a diverse variety of exciting careers. Employment opportunities include:

  • Graphic design
  • Museum design
  • Web or interactive design
  • Picture editing
  • Freelance design or illustration
  • Brand design
  • Packaging design
  • Retail design
  • Art direction
  • Design management.

Further study:

You may want to undertake further study or research to specialise even more.

MA Visual Communication UCA

MA Visual Communication

Visual Communication explores the mechanisms for conveying messages and meaning through a diverse range of media. From the hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt to the complexity of contemporary app design, the power of visual communication has been harnessed by businesses, organisations and individuals for millennia. Our MA Visual Communication course is designed to prepare you for the contemporary professional world, helping you develop a confident design voice and create an outstanding portfolio of work.

On our course, you’ll be encouraged to develop new skills to strengthen and inform your design practice, and you’ll gain an understanding of the skill sets required for print, motion, and digital design. You’ll also have the opportunity to enhance your practice in the areas needed to become a creative leader and go on to a career within the broad field of visual communication, which includes areas such as print media, interaction design, motion design, web design, exhibition design and advertising.

Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Canterbury

Course overview

We believe that the most successful designers are cultural innovators who, through their practice, inform, persuade and entertain. MA Visual Communication is designed to help you develop a voice as an author and innovator and to equip you with the skills and knowledge to identify and solve design problems within cross-disciplinary environments. You’ll learn to approach design as an agent of change – a strategy for positively transforming behaviours in desirable and sustainable ways.

Using our dedicated studio spaces and independent study areas, you’ll develop your own style and design voice. You’ll learn through of a range of lectures, project briefs, workshops, written assignments, group critiques and individual tutorials.

Led by experienced professional designers with connections at the highest level of the industry, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate on a diverse range of projects with other members of our unique creative community.

Course content

Stage 1: You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

Stage 2: During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Stage 3: In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated January 10, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
Duration
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1 - 2 years
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12,640 GBP
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United Kingdom - Epsom, England
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