About the course

  • On the MA Graphic Design (online) degree you will develop your professional skills as a graphic designer.
  • You will work with design professionals of international standing.
  • This Master's degree gives you the opportunity to work in professional and industrial contexts.
  • This award is delivered entirely via distance learning.
  • For more information about online study please visit the UH Online webpages 
Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MA Graphic Design (Online)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MA Art and Design (Graphic Design) - Online

MA Graphic Design Gallery

Why choose this course?

There is strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of art and design. You will develop key research skills and gain a good understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field.

The aim of the postgraduate programme is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to practice at an advanced level, to foster your creativity and enhance your employment opportunities. Senior research staff and internationally renowned practitioners work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work.

The MA Graphic Design (online) degree is designed to develop your imaginative, creative and technical potential as a graphic designer. It provides an opportunity for you to examine a range of media in the fields of graphic design, including the role of image-making in new and traditional media, and graphic designer's relationships with fine art and digital media.

This masters degree gives you an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the use of narrative storytelling and its relationship to graphic design, as well as illustrative conventions in children's and adult literature, comics and other media. We encourage you to develop the entrepreneurial and commercial skills necessary to help develop your work to its full potential and to equip you with the practical and intellectual skills to thrive as a practicing artist. Through working alongside artists and designers on other postgraduate courses you will explore the possibilities for the graphic designer of today, questioning conventions and refining the direction of your practice.

Our staff are experienced in research and professional practice, and you will also benefit from contributions from visiting designers and professionals, as well as from involvement with our international exhibitions programme. 

By studying the MA Illustration (online) or Graphic Design (online), you can fit studies around work and life commitments.

Course details


Particular emphasis is given to providing you with the skills necessary to further your career as a graphic designer. The course is designed to help you understand and work within the contemporary industrial environment and particular attention is given to helping you acquire entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching methods

This course is designed to help you develop your practice and give you the skills recovery to further your career in industry both in the UK and abroad. The course includes practice based modules where you will explore and develop your work as a graphic designer. It also contains course or research skills, entrepreneurialism and professional practice. The final part of the course enables you to complete a major project.

Content is delivered entirely online, through video lectures, online presentations, text and image resources, Skype tutorials and email. Students have one-to-one support from the course leader and from a specialist tutor. Students share their work with their peers in online galleries, where they can receive critique from staff and students. There is no requirement to attend lectures on campus, and coursework is submitted electronically via our Virtual Learning Environment, Studynet. 

Course length

  • Part-time, 2 years

For more information about how online study works, please visit the UH Online website


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Research and Enquiry (Online) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Creative Economies (Online) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Discourse and Reflection (Online) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Practice 1: Art and Design (Online) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Practice 2: Art and Design (Online) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Major Study: Graphic Design (Online) 60 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Part time
    • £720 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Part time
    • £720 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    For more details of fees and funding please visit UH Online's fees page

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Entry requirements

    The normal entry requirements for the programme are:

    • An undergraduate degree in the classification of 2:2 or above is mandatory. In exceptional circumstances, students may be taken onto the programme with alternative qualifications and experience.
    • All applicants are required to submit a portfolio in support of their application. This visual portfolio that must contain a selection of images of finished designs, images of sketchbook work and images that shows the design development process and research in the area of intended study.
    • All international students are required to demonstrate suitable levels of English language competence. This can be through previous study in English, but we often require specific performance in English tests. All undergraduates must be able to prove a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 in every component or equivalent.

    Find out more about International entry requirements.

    The portfolio must be clearly annotated with an indication of media and size of the works and ideally should relate to the area of intended study, e.g. if the applicant intends to study Graphics at MA, there should be evidence of knowledge of Graphics in the visual and annotated evidence of the portfolio and proposal. Applicants who are applying to study for MA in an area in which they have no prior experience will be carefully considered and are the exception, as the MA is intended to build on a skill base already established.

    Once the application has been received, the applicant may be invited for interview to ensure that their aspirations can be met by the course. International students will submit a portfolio electronically and a telephone or skype interview is arranged where necessary.

    Supporting documents required

    • A link to your online portfolio containing about 10 projects with annotations (see portfolio requirements).
    • A substantial personal statement about why you want to study this programme, what you hope to gain from the course and where you see your future development taking you (career or creative practice).  Please refer to practitioners who inspire you and the kind of practice that you hope to focus on during your studies.
    • Copies of the front and back of your undergraduate degree transcript and certificate
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • English Language qualification certificate (you should have a score of 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band if presenting an IELTS test)
    • A copy of the photo page of your passport
    • 2 academic or professional references

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    How to apply

    Course length
    • Online - Part Time, 2 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202030/09/2021Apply online (Distance (Part Time))


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202130/09/2022Apply online (Distance (Part Time))
    Study online
    We welcome applications from international and EU students