MA / MDes: Graphic Design

Intensive courses for ambitious people who are determined to drive their careers forward in the communications industry. As a recent graduate in a related subject or a communications industry professional wanting to move into the creative space within your career locally, nationally or internationally: this demanding subject provides the skillsets and mind-sets to set you apart as a creative industries designer and new knowledge creator. Practice and research combine to offer you problem solving skills for your future career aspirations: both courses focus on the opportunities of working on live industry briefs to prepare you for a career in the design industry. Whether working on a brief set by D&AD, RCA and New Designers, or real industry projects within our design studios, we create a tailored experience that plays to your career strengths as we focus on accentuating your develop and furthering your skill aspirations.

When you graduate you will have an increased awareness of the needs for a deeper understanding of creative strategies, design management and brand worlds. You will have the skills and knowledge to apply the insights you have gained, by using creative research techniques, ready for further exploration in academia or to move into developing your career in practice.

MA / MDes Graphic Design Summary

The MA and MDes courses offer a stimulating and creative environment in which students are encouraged to explore conceptual and theoretical issues through research or project based enquires in relation to the needs of academia and business.

MA / MDes Graphic Design Course overviews

The MA and MDes courses take a multidisciplinary approach, recognising the advantages of collaborative practice and design interactions with the starting point of design thinking.

Design Thinking

We see design thinking and research as being at the heart of solutions to issues in areas of visual, spatial, built environment, interactive and user focused design. We believe design has the power to transform the cultural, social and educational sectors by the application of creative strategies. Successful business and economic growth can be built through the development and application of innovative by way of the exploring the sociology of technology and technological mediation.

Learning to articulate ideas as a designer can be the key to finding solutions and developing strategies that can be applied across a range of disciplines. Learning how to extend your design thinking provides you with the skills to bring your solutions to completion by application of the broad themes of technology, research and practice.

Building upon your communication and research talents, the course will help you fully apply them to successful problem-solving. You will explore contemporary issues such as global trends, ethics, crossing genres, and new and emerging technologies for creation and communication. The UK produces world class designers – in demand for their ability to design futures globally: our MA and MDes Graphic Design Courses set out to help you realise your ambitions in an international context.

MA Graphic Design course

As an MA Graphic Design student, you’ll be working through research-based work and close contact with industry. The course provides opportunity to shape your learning in a way that is relevant to your academic aspirations and creative ambitions. You will be primarily assessed by research and practice outcomes.

  • Industry links and trips to agencies locally, nationally and internationally

Close links to local, national and international designers, agencies and academics with trips to local (South West of England), national (London) and international agencies (Berlin).

Local companies such as Superdry, Asha, Third Floor, SLG, Taxi, Home and Hurricane

National companies such as Cult LDN, JKR, Bulletproof and Blue Marlin

International companies such as Digitas and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

We are also closely affiliated with the Academy of Marketing, CIM and the Design Research Society.

  • Expert academic staff working alongside industry guests
    You will be taught by staff with an excellent reputation in the design industry and education, alongside guest speakers from the design industry and the opportunity to work with researchers, PhD students and become immersed in our academic community.
  • Careers
  • Curator
  • Design Researcher
  • Doctoral student
  • Educator
  • Creative Strategist

MDes Graphic Design course

As an MDes Graphic Design student, you’ll be working through project-based work and close contact with industry. The course provides opportunity to shape your learning in a way that is relevant to your career aspirations and creative ambitions. You will be primarily assessed by coursework.

  • Industry links and trips to agencies locally, nationally and internationally

Close links to local, national and international designers, agencies and academics with trips to local (South West of England), national (London) and international agencies (Berlin).

Local companies such as Superdry, Asha, Third Floor, SLG, Taxi, Home and Hurricane

National companies such as Cult LDN, JKR, Bulletproof and Blue Marlin

International companies such as Digitas and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

  • Expert academic staff working alongside industry guests
    You will be taught by staff with an excellent reputation in the design industry and education, alongside guest speakers from the design industry.
  • Careers
  • Creative Director
  • Design Consultant
  • Brand Manager
  • Educator
  • Art Director and Copywriter

Entry requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent in a design related subject
  • We usually interview and will want to see a portfolio of work
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.

Details of tuition fees when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

  • Please refer to costings documents