MA Graphic Media Design

University of the Arts London

Program Description

MA Graphic Media Design

University of the Arts London

Delivered in both full time and part time modes, MA Graphic Media Design explores the use of graphic design as a critical tool to probe the particularities and complexities of contemporary culture in an informed, expansive and progressive manner. Through intensive and original practice-led research, we support our participants to develop an independent and critical attitude with a view to producing relevant and unexpected perspectives on and for the world.


  • Flexible modes of engagement: we’re one of the only courses in the UK to offer both full-time and part-time modes to accommodate diverse study and working practices.
  • Subject Expertise: we engage with national and international visiting lecturers – with notable recent guests including Turner Prize-winners Assemble, design historian and writer Alice Twemlow, and world-renowned design practitioners Paul Elliman and Jan van Toorn.
  • Distinctive Practice: our graduates secure high-profile careers in key areas of design practice, research and education – including Sarah Boris (Associate Art Director, Phaidon Publishing), Tzortzis Rallis (PhD student at LCC; Design Museum Design of the Year Awards 2013 shortlist), Marwan Kaabour (Barnbrook Studio) and Cat Drew (Work & Health Unit, Policy Lab, UK Government)
  • Design Discourse, Research and Debate: our established MA and PhD community offers opportunities to seek expert academic guidance, engage in research-oriented workshops and contemplate progression to PhD, as well as interact with a growing number of research hubs at LCC, such as Design Activism Research Hub, Graphic Subcultures, Conscientious Communicators, Typographic Research Unit, and many others across UAL.
  • Resourcing Excellence: LCC’s exceptional resources span both the traditional and contemporary spectrums – from letterpress, screen-print, photography, 3D construction and bookbinding studios to 3D printing, laser-cutting, sound engineering and more.


MA Graphic Media Design has evolved from LCC's highly regarded MA Graphic Design course, renowned for its excellence in teaching and learning at postgraduate level, with established links within the field of graphic design nationally and internationally.

Your self-authored, practice-led enquiry will drive the negotiated programme of study in collaboration with the course tutors, fellow course participants and external partners (where applicable). Your long-term independent enquiry will be punctuated with specialist workshops; course-led briefs; tutor, peer and expert critique forums; site-visits; lectures and talks from leading practitioners, thinkers and doers.

You will join and participate in a critical studio environment where practice-led, theoretical and historical contexts will be explored, critiqued and contemplated alongside one another. This integrated design-oriented approach opens up new opportunities for you to explore the practice, the writing and the reading as blended visual research tools ripe for critique, invention and application.

MA Graphic Media Design runs alongside a suite of established and newly developed post-graduate courses spanning the rich and diverse spectrum of the current and emergent practices in the fields of visual communication, illustration, interaction design, service design, branding and identity, advertising, documentary, journalism, photography, publishing, public relations, sound arts and screenwriting. This diversity of individual and collective pursuits promotes a rich discursive arena for all engaged.


The MA Graphic Media Design course structure appreciates the varied requirements and aspirations of the contemporary practitioner interested in the pursuit of post-graduate study in the subject. The course is delivered in two modes to accommodate those interests and external commitments - full-time and part-time. This is a particularly distinctive feature as we are one of the few courses in the United Kingdom to offer this option for postgraduate study in the subject.

Whether full-time or part-time, the course is demanding of time and commitment. A defining aspect of postgraduate study is the independent, self-directed approach. You are expected to timetable and manage your own learning according to your ambition and intentions.

Typically, as a full-time participant you will work with the course team (and guests) in the MA Graphic Media Design studios two days per week dependent on the stage of study, plus you’ll also attend a lecture series scheduled for another day in the week.

As a part-time participant you will attend studio sessions and core lectures timetabled for 1 day per week (Wednesday). We advise the equivalent of one more working day in between sessions to complete required course work (e.g.) a number of evenings, or a day at the weekend.

Outside of this core delivery you will have the opportunity to utilise a range of excellent resources available at LCC to produce your experimentation and continue developing your projects. Tailored Academic Support and Language Support sessions are also scheduled to support and inform your developing academic literacies whilst you are with us on the course.

Your success or failure on the course will depend, to a great extent on how rigorously and responsibly you take this self-direction and how well you respond to tutorial advice and advice from peers and collaborators. The level of self-management required will increase throughout the course.

NB — We will assume that you are technically proficient and able to research and develop any further skills you require. Technical tuition is restricted to the tutorial support of individual projects. If you need to acquire a significant skill base, then you are advised to do so before you apply for the course.


Recruitment and admissions

The MA Graphic Media Design course team welcomes thoughtful, critical and productive participants concerned with the effective articulation of design.

An Honours degree in a relevant subject, or a professional or academic qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree. If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, you may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) i.e. professional experience or a combination of courses and work experience.

Applicants from non-traditional backgrounds, as well as those already within employment, are also welcome, as the course has been designed to accommodate flexibility in educational engagement. Your experience is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience for currency, validity, quality and sufficiency.

Language requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form.

If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 1, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
15 - 24 months
Part time
Full time
17,920 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom London, England
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Duration 15 - 24 months
Price 17,920 GBP
International: £17,920; Home/EU: £8,500, per year.