Design, M.A. | University of Sunderland | Sunderland, United Kingdom
12 months
15000 GBP/year
7500 GBP/year
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Follow a chosen design discipline, including Animation, Fashion, Games Art, Graphics and Illustration and develop a portfolio of creative designs that will impress potential employers with the Design programme of the University of Sunderland. Join our graduates in exciting jobs throughout the design industry and around the world.


The Design programme of the University of Sunderland is built around your personal design interests and aspirations. It allows you to push the boundaries of creativity, within a framework of academic rigour and contextual research. You can choose to study any of the following areas: advertising, animation, design thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship, fashion and promotion, graphic communication, graphic design, illustration, interactive media, motion graphics and typographic design. Other specialised design disciplines will also be considered.

You'll follow a chosen pathway for the duration of your MA study, with the option to be awarded with one of the following:

  • MA Design: Animation
  • MA Design: Fashion
  • MA Design: Games Art
  • MA Design: Graphics
  • MA Design: Illustration

You will graduate with MA Design if you do not wish to opt for a named pathway or if your chosen discipline does not apply to one of the pathways listed above (e.g. 3D Design).

By the end of the course, you'll have completed a major project that has evolved from your practice and research, and you'll have a portfolio of creative designs that will excite and impress potential employers.

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the MA Design course you will have a more consolidated portfolio ready for employment in the design industry. We have close contacts with the design industry and if appropriate could offer live projects, work placements and internships. During Semester one, we host an Employability Week, where you will have the opportunity to see professional designers and design alumni for advice and portfolio surgery. We also have the Digital Incubator Unit and the Enterprise Place who can offer assistance for you to start your own business or freelance practice, plus we are members of the Association of Illustrators (AoI) and Design and Art Direction (D&AD) who can provide further resources regarding competitions, professional practice and employment.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • MA Design Stage 1 - Design Ideation
  • MA Design Stage 2 - Design development and Prototypes
  • MA Design Stage 3 - Design Realisation and Production

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications for most masters courses are open all year round, but we highly recommend that you apply for your course at least six months before it starts. 


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We usually require applicants to hold a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a design-related discipline such as graphics, illustration, animation or digital media. We may also consider applicants who have relevant experience and who can demonstrate their suitability for the course.
  • We ask applicants to prepare a portfolio of work, which should be simply mounted and accompanied by preparatory work. Sketchbooks are an important feature of your preparatory work and should be included. Where possible, 3D and large 2D work should be photographed. Digital and screen-based work should be saved on a memory stick.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Sunderland

758 - 1438 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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