Master of Art Programs in Graphic Design

Compare 17 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 Visual Communication: Graphic Design

Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts
Campus 3 semesters September 2018 United Kingdom Cambridge

MA Visual Communication: Graphic Design is an intensive studio-based programme that combines creative and professional development. Offering opportunities for internships with industry partners including Hearst Magazines UK, the course is focused on developing the industry-ready skills, digital confidence and creative expertise for careers in graphic communication design and related fields today. [+]

Overview

MA Visual Communication: Graphic Design is an intensive studio-based programme that combines creative and professional development. Offering opportunities for internships with industry partners including Hearst Magazines UK, the course is focused on developing the industry-ready skills, digital confidence and creative expertise for careers in graphic communication design and related fields today.

During the intensive 12-month programme based in our central Cambridge studios, you will advance a specialist knowledge of your chosen area of communication design, and be encouraged to explore new methods, digital platforms, and technologies that help develop an original approach and take your work in exciting new directions. As well as refining your knowledge of fundamental principles and the traditional print and screen-based skills necessary for future careers in commercial work, you will be supported to explore the expanded field of contemporary graphic design, including motion graphics, digital and interactive design, UX/UI, information design, and user-centered approaches.... [-]


MA/MDes in Graphic Design

University of Gloucestershire
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 semesters September 2018 United Kingdom Cheltenham + 1 more

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.... [-]


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 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 ... [-]

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. [+]

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.

During our course, you can become a graphic designer artist who is able to respond to actual situations and present creative and artistic solutions, and who is able to create and implement high-quality work on every job platform

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.... [-]


MA Graphic Design

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

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. [+]

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.... [-]


MA in Graphic Design and Art Direction

Manchester Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 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. [+]

Overview

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 NetworkBased 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 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 synthesize 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.... [-]


Online Masters Degree in Graphic Design

Flexible Learning with Falmouth University
Online Part time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Saint Ives

Falmouth University’s flexible online MA in Graphic Design will help you establish your own graphic design practice against the backdrop of today’s creative industries and contemporary visual culture. [+]

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Apply now to be eligible for an early bird discount of up to £1,000.

Course outline

Falmouth University’s flexible online MA in Graphic Design will help you establish your own graphic design practice against the backdrop of today’s creative industries and contemporary visual culture.

Developed by award-winning graphic design practitioners with a wealth of experience in various theoretical and teaching approaches to graphic design, the course encourages peer discussion and learning so that you can continually improve your work and explore new creative processes to deliver your graphic design projects to their full creative potential.

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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 Visual Communication (Experimental Communication, Graphic Design and Illustration)

Royal College of Art
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 United Kingdom London

Visual Communication as a discipline is undergoing a major shift in both its vocational positioning and intellectual relevance. At the Royal College of Art, the programme has a long history that has radically examined the place of visual communication in relation to culture and society, while championing the importance of an interdisciplinary approach. [+]

About the Programme

Visual Communication as a discipline is undergoing a major shift in both its vocational positioning and intellectual relevance. At the Royal College of Art, the programme has a long history that has radically examined the place of visual communication in relation to culture and society, while championing the importance of an interdisciplinary approach. The programme offers three pathways of study: Experimental Communication, Graphic Design and Illustration.

The pathways are interrelated and structured around the discipline of visual communication to facilitate well-informed risk-taking and experimentation from a grounded position of subject knowledge and understanding. Pathways are delivered in subject clusters (critical thinking) supported by shared workshops (critical making) and delivered by staff who are either advanced practitioners or active researchers engaged in both the core and margins of communication practice.... [-]


MA in Graphic Design

Yasar University
Campus Full time September 2018 Turkey Izmir

This programme in Graphic Design is designed for those students who have a background in Graphic Design, Industrial Design, or Visual Communication Design. Lectures are grouped as being elective or compulsory, depending on the student’s prior undergraduate education. With both conceptual and practical courses, students are guided towards specialisation in a range of various areas. The programme incorporates in-depth research and its applications, as well the solving of modern and creative/experimental design problems. The interdisciplinary approach between graphic design and communication includes theoretical and applied studies Fields of specialisation include graphic arts, illustration, typography, corporate identity and branding, packing design, interactive design, as well as the history of design and critique writing. Programmes of contemporary Graphic Design have an important responsibility in this rapidly advancing sector, to equip students with the skills for a professional life, as well as for those who wish to pursue a university career in academia. [+]

MA in Graphic Design

This programme in Graphic Design is designed for those students who have a background in Graphic Design, Industrial Design, or Visual Communication Design. Lectures are grouped as being elective or compulsory, depending on the student’s prior undergraduate education. With both conceptual and practical courses, students are guided towards specialisation in a range of various areas. The programme incorporates in-depth research and its applications, as well the solving of modern and creative/experimental design problems. The interdisciplinary approach between graphic design and communication includes theoretical and applied studies Fields of specialisation include graphic arts, illustration, typography, corporate identity and branding, packing design, interactive design, as well as the history of design and critique writing. Programmes of contemporary Graphic Design have an important responsibility in this rapidly advancing sector, to equip students with the skills for a professional life, as well as for those who wish to pursue a university career in academia.... [-]


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 in 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.... [-]


Master in Arts & Culture: Design Cultures

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

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

Master in Design Cultures

The MA program 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 program 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 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 program is designed by and for a world in flux. [+]

The Master of Graphic Design is a two-year, full-time program. 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 program centers 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.... [-]


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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