M.A. Graphic Design and Typography

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus | Cambridge, United Kingdom
Advance your professional practice in graphic communication. Learn vital research skills and develop techniques that will allow you to challenge preconceptions in the industry. You’ll be supported by practising designers with up-to-date careers advice, and have access to the latest materials and case studies direct from the professional design community.

Description of Graphic Design and Typography


Whether you’re a new graduate or an established professional, this course will help reposition your career portfolio and engage with professional practice at an advanced level.

You’ll investigate issues and explore practices in graphic communication, advancing your professional understanding, your academic knowledge and your research skills.
Through both self-directed and industry-driven projects, you’ll learn to challenge preconceived thinking and develop innovative approaches to your design work. You’ll develop your creative thinking around the professional, business and social contexts of graphic communication.

Your project work will be supported throughout by collaboration and dialogue with staff, visiting professionals and fellow students.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee

Home £5,665; Overseas £10,500

Not specified
Start date January  2016, September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Core modules

  • Interpretation and Origination: Modes of Graphic Authorship
  • Process and Practice as Research
  • Typographic Enquiry
  • Masters Dissertation: Art & Design
  • Masters Project: Art & Design


This course will equip you for professional employment or self-employment in graphic design and design consultancy, as well as related fields like brand development, art-editorial design, publishing, typography/typesetting, advertising, and media design.

It will also give you a basis for a teaching career in higher education. You might decide to move on to a research degree, like our PhD Graphic Design and Typography.

You’ll also benefit from our links with industry professionals like Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Sony, and other independent design practices and consultants.


Course Leader:

Will Hill

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Graphic Design and Typography

A good honours degree, (or equivalent) normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply. Entry will normally be subject to submission of a portfolio, and an interview Candidates for whom English is not a first language will be expected to demonstrate IELTS at level 6.5, or equivalent. Non-Academic Conditions: Art Portfolio, Interviews

Portfolio Requirements

You’ll need to provide us with a portfolio of work that shows you have graduate-level competence in graphic design or a related subject, as well as evidence of enquiry and experimentation that will show you can develop through postgraduate level study. The specific content is up to you.

If you’re an international applicant, please host your portfolio online if possible and let us know the URL, or email it to us as a PDF. We’ll also accept CDs or hardcopy sent by post to our International Admissions Office, but please note that these will not be returned to you.

Work Experience for Graphic Design and Typography

No work experience is required.

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Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus, United Kingdom

United Kingdom Anglia Ruskin University has a history of over 150 years starting as Cambridge School of Art in 1858. Today, with a population of 31,000 students from UK/EU and around 1,700 international students, we are one of the largest universities in the East of England. Our students are on courses leading to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as to a range of professional qualifications.

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