MA Graphic Design

Why choose Herts?

  • Employment Prospects: Graduates work in art, digital, and design jobs with organizations including Fiora and creative agency Emperor. Many are also practicing as freelancers supplying independent design services to clients.
  • Teaching Excellence: During this project-based course you will practice contemporary graphic design and be taught by tutors with extensive high-level commercial experience.
  • Industry-Focused Course Content: You will explore the social, global, and cultural value of how our work creates meaning and impact in products and other entities in every environment.

About the course

  • MA Graphic Design degree 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.

Why choose this course?

MA Graphic Design sits within the PG Design programme at the School of Creative Arts. There is strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of art and design, where 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. You will work alongside artists and designers who are involved with a wide variety of media and forms. Induction, seminars and social events for students and staff mean that you will be part of a friendly and supportive postgraduate community, which also includes film makers, musicians and professionals working in new media. Senior research staff and internationally renowned artists work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work.

Visual communication and the graphic image are increasingly important in the global information economy. On this masters degree, you will be encouraged to adopt a creative, enquiring and critical approach to the graphic image and its uses in contemporary practice. 

From traditional craft processes to digital image making, exploring the graphic image and its uses, in both web based and print formats. We focus on professional practice and enterprise, helping you acquire the skills required to practice in the creative and cultural industries, and equipping you with the skills necessary to work as a freelance practitioner. Key aspects of the course also include social, political, environmental and commercial contexts of graphic design, and the processes by which graphic signs operate to convey meanings in various environments.

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

What will I study?

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.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Creative Economies 15 Credits Compulsory
    Major Study: Graphic Design 60 Credits Compulsory
    Research and Enquiry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Practice 1: Design 30 Credits Compulsory
    Practice 2: Design 30 Credits Compulsory
    Discourse and Reflection: Design 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research and Enquiry (Online) 15 Credits Optional
    Creative Economies (Online) 15 Credits Optional
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MA Graphic Design Download
    MA Graphic Design Download
    Programme specifications
    MA Design (Graphic Design) Download
    MA Design (Graphic Design) Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

    With support from my tutors, I have worked in new, often alternative ways to further develop my design practice and push boundaries which resulted in me founding my own design studio 'Tiny Grey'

    Sophie Lewis

    UH Online student and business owner

    Student experience

    At the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. We offer a range of support services including; student wellbeing, academic support, accommodation and childcare to ensure that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.

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    Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

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