M.A. Graphic Design

University for the Creative Arts | Canterbury , United Kingdom
MA Graphic Design 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. The course aims to promote specialism and mastery in your own unique area of graphic design that you will identify and develop on the course. Enabling you to produce meaningful outcomes from informed research is a top priority.



You consider how the production of clothes and accessories has changed to include new material solutions and technical facilities, such as the Gerber suite at UCA Rochester and equally by adopting ideas from other fields of design, for example CAD solutions or digital presentations.

This specialism builds on the strengths of the British fashion industry, but situates it within the global market where creative outsourcing, the complex transport of materials and commodities and a variety of management cultures across the globe provide growing opportunities for our cohort of international postgraduates.

Throughout the course you combine technical expertise with conceptual thinking, learning through a variety of media, considering both the creative core and the progressive peripheries of fashion.

This course suits those who work, or aspire to work, within the extended field of the fashion system. This field is defined by the application of fashion's ever-changing search for expression and conceptualisation to other creative professions, as well as by the production of clothes and accessories, and theoretical reflection.

How this course is taught

The course progresses from a taught mode to self-directed work. Throughout personal tutorials ensure a balance between formal instruction and individual supervision.

Key study topics include:
  • Develop and refine your personal fashion project through a series of practical and written assignments.
  • Research your personal project
  • Seminar series and study trips help to support your research and introduce you to new materials, methods and ideas
  • Realise and publish your personal project.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline You can apply throughout the year
Tuition fee
  • GBP 11290 Year (International)
  • GBP 4230 Year (EEA)

Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

How this course is assessed

You are assessed on evidence of your knowledge, understanding through application of ideas, research and methodological structure and your technical and applied skills.

Syllabus (14/15*)

You have the opportunity to work in an environment that is designed to mirror the experience of working in a contemporary design company or the creative related industries. Team work is a major part of the course and you gain experience of developing briefs, pitching to industry leaders and competing in competitions

Stage 1

  • Research and Method - this unit offers a shared, common starting point for postgraduate level study through two distinct components:
    1) Method - focuses on practice. In response to a brief (or a series of briefs) you will explore research and practice appropriate to Graphic Design & Communication at postgraduate level. Through this brief you will also be inducted into the use of workshops and facilities relevant to your practice.
    2) Research - is designed to support and advance the project work produced during the rest of your MA study through a developed investigation of research methods. You will define, articulate and critically reflect upon the research concerns of your own practice during this unit, thereby underpinning and enhancing your knowledge and understanding of the chosen field of study, as well as developing your ability to communicate this in a variety of ways
  • Exploratory Practice - this unit will focus upon self-directed practice in which you will define and develop individual rationales and methods of working. Research and practice will be directed and guided by a Project Proposal in which you negotiate and review your practice with your tutor.

Stage 2

  • Reflection and Development - the work undertaken in this unit should build on the research questions you initiated and explored in the Exploratory Practice unit. Although you will not have concluded your research project, the work completed for this unit should be considerably more resolved and establish a clear line of inquiry - through materials, concept or context. Within this unit you may decide to undertake a number of separate 'tasks' with a coherent set of aims or a single project spread across the unit, your work may be practical or theoretical in nature. Throughout the unit you will be encouraged to critically reflect on the development of your project.
  • Professional Practice and Creative Project Management - this unit comprises of two distinct components. These components help you to evaluate and understand your practice from both professional and theoretical perspectives:
    1) Professional Practice - to enable and empower you to operate within the field of Graphic Design & Communication you are expected to undertake some form of professional practice during this semester establishing external links appropriate to your subject area as agreed with your tutor.
    2) Creative Project Management - provides you with a framework to facilitate your progression towards the Final Project by practicing project management skills delivered in the unit.

Stage 3

  • Final Project -is the culmination of your studies and will form an exposition of the central ideas and concepts developed throughout your MA. As such it should achieve a resolution to previous project units and demonstrate evidence of advanced conceptual, theoretical and technical capability over an extended period of self-directed study.

English Language Requirements


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Entry requirements:
  • A good Honours degree (normally 2:1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline, and/or;
  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English a certificate is required as evidence that you have an average IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. If you are applying as an international student from a country outside the EU and require a visa to study in the UK, you will also need a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component.
You may be offered a place on a course on the condition that you improve your English language and study skills. We offer pre-sessional English language courses which can improve your IELTS score by a maximum of 1.0 and 0.5, or equivalent.
For further information on our English language requirements click here.
For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you have applied.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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