Master of Art Programs in Graphic Design

Compare 21 Masters of Arts in Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Earning an MA in Graphic Design is a perfect opportunity for artistically inclined students to get into the design industry. With this intensive degree course, you can learn the tools of the trade and get ready for an exciting career in the graphic design field.

 

If you’re interested in the graphic arts, you may be asking yourself: “What is an MA in Graphic Design?” This dynamic course, offered at a wide variety of schools and universities, is your ticket to the growing world of commercial graphic design. These programs focus on integrated design media, the history and theory of visual communication, typography, social methodology and other specialized skills. Electives and personalized seminars round out your design experience to prepare you for a lucrative career.

 

Even if you are an experienced designer, you can benefit from a Master of Arts in Graphic Design. With this professional qualification, you can stand out from the competition in your job search. An MA also qualifies you to teach others about the details of the graphic design world.

 

Programs in graphic design vary widely in cost. Many students support themselves with commercial work while they pursue their MA, offsetting the price of the degree. Scholarships and financial aid can often become available. Some programs may take as little as 18 months to complete.

 

Once you have your MA in Graphic Design, you may be ready to pursue a wide range of careers. Many graduates find work in the advertising industry, the greeting card industry, the restaurant and hospitality industries, or a variety of educational companies. Other graduates turn to online design and work with consumer interfaces in a virtual environment. A master’s degree can make you a valuable candidate for jobs in the publishing and printing sector.

 

You can launch your graphic design career today by investigating degree programs in your area of interest. An MA in Graphic Design is just a few clicks away. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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MA in Graphic Design and Art Direction

Manchester Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Manchester + 1 more

This course is concerned with the advanced exploration and application of principles of graphic design within the contexts of research and professional development. Engagement with digital and making technologies is central to discovering and harnessing new thinking in design. [+]

This course is concerned with the advanced exploration and application of principles of graphic design within the contexts of research and professional development. Engagement with digital and making technologies is central to discovering and harnessing new thinking in design.

This course is of particular relevance to those interested in effective visual communication and developing innovative concepts and approaches in publication design, illustration, motion graphics, corporate identity, photography, design for digital media and graphic design for advertising.

Features and benefits of the course

Design Network Based in the heart of the School of Art, MA/MFA Design: Graphic Design and Art Direction is part of an innovative design network — a community of staff and students exploring design ideas in a discursive, cross-disciplinary studio environment. Critically informed practical designers, the group works experimentally, inspired by new insights and possibilities. While studying towards a particular qualification at MA/MFA level, students experience their subject in the broader context of contemporary design practice.... [-]


Master in Graphic Design

University of Lincoln
Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 United Kingdom Lincolnshire

This intellectually rigorous MA is designed to challenge and enhance your understanding of graphic design. There is a focus on design research and enterprise, driven by your own creative practice. [+]

This intellectually rigorous MA is designed to challenge and enhance your understanding of graphic design. There is a focus on design research and enterprise, driven by your own creative practice.

This programme challenges you to explore your potential to innovate and achieve impact with your creative work. You will be encouraged to use theory to test, adapt and judge the success of your practice, and you will have the opportunity to hear from visiting professionals and design researchers throughout your studies.

In addition to having the chance to develop a critical understanding of design history, you will have the opportunity to engage with commercially oriented design briefs and self-negotiated projects that are relevant to your career aspirations.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus September 2018 USA Rochester

Graphic design is a professional major that addresses a range of advanced visual communication problems, with an emphasis on meaning, form, and function. [+]

MFA in Graphic Design

 

Graphic design is a professional major that addresses a range of advanced visual communication problems, with an emphasis on meaning, form, and function. In a professional studio setting, students work with faculty on the understanding and implementation of theories, principles, and methods related to concept development, design process, context, history and criticism, research, evaluation, visual aesthetics, typography, systems thinking, information design, inter - and cross-disciplinary collaboration, as well as social and ethical responsibility. Course assignments and thesis projects incorporate both theory and application in the solution of hypothetical and actual graphic design problems. Courses within this major evidence a balanced approach toward the integration of digital media and traditional processes. Final design outcomes focus on small- and large-scale, two- dimensional or three-dimensional printed artifacts and environmental graphic design solutions, with opportunities to develop relevant for time-based and/or interactive digital applications as well. Special lectures, guest speakers, exhibitions, and workshops complement studio and seminar goals. Students have ongoing access to RIT resources such as the Graphic Design Archive and the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, the Artists’ Books Collection, and the collections of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies.... [-]


MA/MDes in Graphic Design

University of Gloucestershire
Campus Full time Part time August 2018 United Kingdom Cheltenham

The MA and MDes courses offer a stimulating and creative environment in which students are encouraged to explore conceptual and theoretical issues. For the MA this is through research based enquiries, while the MDes has a professional emphasis. Students initially join as an MA student but have the option to register as an MDes candidate as the course progresses. [+]

The MA and MDes courses offer a stimulating and creative environment in which students are encouraged to explore conceptual and theoretical issues. For the MA this is through research based enquiries, while the MDes has a professional emphasis. Students initially join as an MA student but have the option to register as an MDes candidate as the course progresses.

We see design thinking and research as being at the heart of design innovation. As a designer, learning to manage complex ideas can be the key to finding solutions and developing strategies that can be applied across a range of disciplines.

Building upon your communication and research skills, the course will help you to apply them to successful problem-solving. You will explore contemporary issues such as global trends, ethics, gender and sustainability by crossing genres, and exploring new and emerging technologies for creation and communication. The UK produces world-class designers who are sought after internationally- our MA and MDes courses set out to help you realise your ambitions in a global context.... [-]


Master in Graphic Design

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3 years September 2018 USA San Francisco

With its focused thesis development process, the School of Graphic Design’s MFA program emphasizes advanced study of the field and encourages students to extend their design skills into content creation, authorship, entrepreneurialism, and social innovation. [+]

MA Degrees in Graphic Design. With its focused thesis development process, the School of Graphic Design’s MFA program emphasizes advanced study of the field and encourages students to extend their design skills into content creation, authorship, entrepreneurialism, and social innovation. MFA Graphic Design Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Academic Study 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Graphic Design Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Critical & Creative Thinking Conduct appropriate research to identify problems and potential solutions Initiate appropriate level of audience involvement and participation Demonstrate the resourcefulness and flexibility necessary to conceive and execute design solutions Conceptual Skills Create compelling and engaging visual communications that convey appropriate messages and ideas Address problems through a design process Develop design solutions that function effectively within a defined context (social, cultural, technological, economic, etc.) Formal Skills Create visual communications demonstrating competent formal design skills which include: hierarchy, typography, aesthetics, composition and construction of meaningful images Demonstrate competence in media, materials, tools, technology, and techniques Professional Readiness Demonstrate sound organization and design project management skills Effectively present and communicate ideas Demonstrate the skills necessary for chosen career path through the presentation of a competent body of work MFA Thesis Project Produce a comprehensive graduate thesis project that successfully utilizes design to solve for an identified... [-]

Master of Arts - Master of Graphic Design

Avans University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Breda

The Master of Graphic Design guides emerging professionals towards the development of a process-based approach. The programme is designed by and for a world in flux. [+]

The Master of Graphic Design is a two-year, full-time programme. It offers ambitious designers the opportunity to deepen their practice and lay the foundation for a long-term, sustainable career in the field of design. A focus on the future The programme centres upon a thorough understanding of the process of design and is research-oriented. You will be trained in media and graphic design theory, as well as the communicative and ethical skills essential to the visual interpretation of information in today’s technology-based society. Tutors and guest lecturers are professionals with rich and active practices, allowing us to keep our finger on the pulse of the ever-shifting design world. Curriculum Your independent research and studio practice are at the heart of the programme, which builds toward an increasingly self-driven approach. The educational trajectory begins with a process of experimentation, where you will be introduced to a variety of attitudes and practices. You will gradually focus on the design method and context of your choice. What to expect One day a week is devoted to theoretical instruction. Two days a week are dedicated to presentations of work in progress and individual and group feedback sessions. An equal amount of time (2-3 days per week) is required for self-study. Where you will study AKV|St.Joost is unique in its location in the south of the Netherlands, the epicentre of Dutch design. The Graphic Design Department is housed in a former seminary at the Breda campus. Nestled within a small forest on the edge of... [-]

MA in Graphic Design

Suffolk University
Campus Full time 1 - 4 years September 2018 USA Boston

The Suffolk Master of Arts in Graphic Design is a practice-oriented program that is customizable so you graduate with real-world studio work in your portfolio. As the field of design expands, Suffolk is focused on exposing students to sophisticated design, communication skills, and new technologies. [+]

The Suffolk Master of Arts in Graphic Design is a practice-oriented program that is customizable so you graduate with real-world studio work in your portfolio. As the field of design expands, Suffolk is focused on exposing students to sophisticated design, communication skills, and new technologies.

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MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors

University for the Creative Arts
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Rochester + 1 more

MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors offers a practice based, design led experience, which develops your creative vision and redefines your professional practice. You’ll be encouraged to push boundaries and challenge yourself; we provide you with a stimulating and supportive environment in which to do this. [+]

MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors offers a practice based, design led experience, which develops your creative vision and redefines your professional practice. You’ll be encouraged to push boundaries and challenge yourself; we provide you with a stimulating and supportive environment in which to do this. You’ll have the freedom to explore and combine traditional, handcrafted design and production techniques with the latest innovations in digital technology, while researching constantly evolving materials and new technologies. You can create diverse design solutions that span a variety of outcomes. Print for fashion covers: printed textiles collections for fashion, printed samples, experimental print pieces, printed garment prototypes, print design concepts or range plans, and printed fashion related products or accessories. Print for interiors covers: printed furnishings, fashion led interior print concepts, one off printed textiles, installation or site specific works, printed product prototypes, floor and wall coverings as well as exterior print applications. Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time Starts: September 2017 Campus: UCA Rochester Course overview: Situated within the internationally recognised School of Fashion at UCA Rochester, the MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors course offers you the opportunity for in-depth exploration and creative idea development in the specialist subject area of printed textiles for contemporary creative and fashion related industries. This unique course offers you an exciting opportunity to make your creative vision a reality, master your skills, and develop new research methods, exploring innovative, relevant and sustainable... [-]

MA in Graphic Design

Budapest Metropolitan University
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2018 Hungary Budapest

With us, you can become the type of graphic designer who can react to real situations with creative and artistic insight, who within their field can imagine and create high-standard work. [+]

MA Degrees in Graphic Design. With us, you can become the type of graphic designer who can react to real situations with creative and artistic insight, who within their field can imagine and create high-standard work. We are a flexible program with a fresh perspective; our strength is in our open-mindedness. With the help of our acknowledged, professional academic teachers we can provide you with the opportunity to find your own individual style. In this course we will develop your practical, functional problem-solving skills focused on design, and we strive to help you unfold your innovative solutions individually as well as in a team. We await you in a great atmosphere where your creative work can unravel through integrated courses teaching modern design thinking in a team environment. THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR YOU
 ...if you are compassionate, co-operative and creative, are characterized by a critical attitude, wish to create valuable works and to keep their quality in your future career. CORE SUBJECTS: Aesthetics, Theory of Progressive Image Creation, Art Studies, Graphic Design Research, Printmaking Graphic Techniques, Visual Communication, History of Design, New Media Graphic Design, Graphic Design Workshop, Integrated Design, Generative Design, Sustainable Society and Culture, Experimental Design, Data Visualization, Visual Communication, Infographyc, Infodesign CARREER PROSPECTS: Individual artist Art Director, Graphic Designer at creative agencies Illustrator, Image editor, Art director, Typographer Web-designer in online and printed medium designer studios, creative-executive enterprises QUALIFICATION SPECIFIED in the degree certificate: Graphic Designer Head of the program: Péter Maczó 
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Master of Arts (MA) in Graphic Arts

University of Arts in Poznań
Campus Full time October 2018 Poland Poznań

The traditional studios of typography, lithography, intaglio, serigraphy, offset and digital graphics teach the skills which, when mastered, enables free experimentation and mature artistic expression [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Graphic Arts

The traditional studios of typography, lithography, intaglio, serigraphy, offset and digital graphics teach the skills which, when mastered, enables free experimentation and mature artistic expression. The students are familiarised with various graphical techniques so as to be able to select the ones they find the most appropriate for their own artistic work.

Letterpress Printing

Head : professor Andrzej BobrowskiAssistant: Agnieszka Cholewińska

Students will learn about traditional pressing techniques, including wood engraving, linoleum printing, plaster relief printing and tailored printing methods. The aim of the courses it will be to train the students to create their own pieces rather than copying previous concepts. Training will be provided to help the students to aptly consider the two phases of print creation: the matrix and the print itself. The students will be encouraged to synthesise and to simplify their work. Another aim of the course will be to educate the students to use their knowledge to efficiently resolve the creative challenges they face, and to make them fully aware of the creative process as a quest as they strive to overcome their limitations. A broad study of artistic graphics will be provided, covering its historical background and contemporary trends, with a particular emphasis laid on letterpress printing.... [-]


MA Graphic Design

Nottingham Trent University: School of Art & Design
Campus Full time 45 weeks September 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

This course is all about the research, development and production of creative, original and effective graphic design solutions that function across a range of print and digital media. At the start of the course you’ll work on short projects which are aimed at challenging conventions. You’ll then focus on a subject of your choice through the research, development and production of a single, in-depth project. You will also develop a professional Journal which explores current thought and practice. [+]

MA Degrees in Graphic Design. MA Graphic Design This course is all about the research, development and production of creative, original and effective graphic design solutions that function across a range of print and digital media. At the start of the course you’ll work on short projects which are aimed at challenging conventions. You’ll then focus on a subject of your choice through the research, development and production of a single, in-depth project. You will also develop a professional Journal which explores current thought and practice. Key features Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations. Engage with industry by undertaking short internships and studio visits. Work in our dedicated Art and Design postgraduate studio. Benefit from regular lectures from leading figures in the design industry. Attend workshops covering typography, visual language, branding, storyboarding and life drawing sessions. Opt for an additional advanced research module if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study. How you’re taught Teaching and learning experiences will include: lectures individual and group tutorials seminars workshops live projects and competition briefs independent studio practice self-directed research. Assessment Assessment is 100% by coursework and involves: project proposal set project research and development Professional Journal practical work verbal and visual presentations the planning and design of a display of your work. Careers and employability This course will equip you with strong creative and problem solving skills. Our graduates become valuable members of professional teams working together on a range of visual communication... [-]

MA Design Specialising in Digital Graphic

AAS College
Campus Full time 13 months September 2018 Greece Thessaloniki

Digital Graphics is concerned with virtual spaces and interactive environments. These are understood as the spaces of experience, and may include combinations of the real and virtual, the spaces of [+]

MA Design Specialising in Digital Graphic

 

Digital Graphics is concerned with virtual spaces and interactive environments. These are understood as the spaces of experience, and may include combinations of the real and virtual, the spaces of publication, time based media and the internet. Interaction within spaces can operate at differing scales and levels of material intervention.

 

The contemporary cultural context of globalisation and dematerialisation leads to all spaces becoming less physically site specific, and arising from this an imperative to redefine and rediscover the real meaning of place. Representation becomes central to this as both the site of design production and increasingly the site of its dissemination and discussion. In this way the design of digital environments can be both the means to understanding our real experience of space or a means to explore other mixed or hybrid realities.... [-]


Master in Arts & Culture: Design Cultures

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The MA programme Design Cultures is all about the study of product design, graphic design and fashion in a broad diverse cultural context. The focus is on... [+]

Master in Design Cultures

 

The MA programme Design Cultures is all about the study of product design, graphic design and fashion in a broad diverse cultural context. The focus is on both the designer as ‘author’ and the complex chain of production, sale, consumption and criticism in which design operates and derives its many different meanings. Design Cultures restores design as the core object of academic interest without detracting from the cultural and material context in which it operates. The programme combines a generalist, comparative approach to design with a clear focus on history and theory. 

 

 

Career Prospects

The Design Cultures course is taught in English. It is an internationally oriented course which has close ties with real-life practice. Besides studying the theoretical and historical background of design, students get a chance to do their graduation project in association with key players in the design world. Students of Design Cultures can look forward to careers in cultural institutions (editor, project manager), museums (researcher, curator), media, (author, critic, producer), government (administrator, advisor), design agencies (researcher, consultant) and educational and research institutes (teacher, researcher).... [-]


Master in Graphic Design (MA)

Middlesex University London
Campus Full time 1 year October 2018 United Kingdom London UK Online + 1 more

MA Graphic Design explores the ever-changing landscape of graphic design, to build critical understanding, individual design thinking processes, practical experience and insightful design solutions. [+]

Why you should study MA Graphic Design at Middlesex Submerge yourself within the discipline of graphic design and be part of our well-established, award-winning graphic design department. We take a problem-solving approach to graphic design to explore contemporary practice through design thinking, insight and co-design processes, prototyping ideas, methods of design analysis and through building expert collaborative networks with external partners. Our students come from a wide range of design and creative backgrounds, each with their own individual skill set, experience and cultural background. We are a diverse collective, working across project areas of typography & information, brand identity & campaigns, new technology & digital experiences, design writing & insight analysis, sustainability & environmental issues, structural packaging and book design. Based in our £80 million Art and Design School and taught by some of the UK's leading practitioners from a range of disciplines, our course features world-class facilities and specialist workshops fitted with both new and traditional equipment. With opportunities to build industry contacts and exhibit your work off-site, you'll also gain the employability skills, exposure and experiences you need to navigate a successful career path in today's competitive creative industries. Course highlights: - Our facilities are among the best in the UK, with fully equipped 3D workshops, laser cutting and 3D printing, printmaking and letterpress, digital printing, reprographics, bookbinding and fully equipped photography, animation and film studios, with expert technical support - Each self-initiated project is tailored to the individual to support individual specialism and next stage links to... [-]

MA in Graphic Communication Design

University of the Arts London
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London

MA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins promotes a shared exploration of an ever-changing subject while enabling your development as an individual designer. [+]

MA Degrees in Graphic Design. As the ‘carrier signal of the 21st century’, graphic communication design touches every sphere of human life, impacting profoundly on culture, technology, social justice, economics, the built environment, globalisation, policy, sustainability and much more. MA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins promotes a shared exploration of an ever-changing subject while enabling your development as an individual designer. 5 great reasons to apply Our graduates are versatile makers, astute commentators, and agents of positive socio-economic, cultural, and technological change. We take a critically informed and experimental approach to the production, form, and circulation of knowledge bringing together the traditional studio and craft traditions of graphic design with research driven approaches. We experiment openly with existing specialisms such as illustration and web design but also develop our own new ones. Our students have access to a diverse range of workshops including letterpress, print-making, photography, video, sound and digital facilities. Our individual and collective practices benefit from a highly international and diverse student and staff community. Content and structure MA Graphic Communication Design pursues a direct and in-depth connection between the ‘applied arts’ tradition of graphic design and a critical and creative approach to communication. A carrier signal, in any form of communication, is the baseline flow of information. It is continuously modulated to transmit messages; it refigures meaning. If music can be understood as a carrier signal for the twentieth century, both expressing and amplifying waves of cultural change, then graphic communication design reveals itself to... [-]