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Graphic Design, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #601 (WUR) ,
The Graphic Design course from Nottingham Trent University is designed to create accomplished designers and thinkers, whose practice is shaped by innovation in a discipline that is at the forefront of global communication.

About

Central to the course is an intensive practice-led enquiry, which will take the shape of a major project that you will create. Through visual exploration, contextual research and reflection, you will gain a deeper understanding of this exciting discipline. 

At the start of the Graphic Design course from Nottingham Trent University you’ll work on short projects which are aimed at challenging conventions and giving you the intellectual grounding that you need for your MA project. You’ll then focus on a subject of your choice and through research, development and testing, create a bespoke design project which truly represents your own specific interests as a designer. 

You’ll also benefit from working alongside other Masters students from Branding and Identity, Design and Illustration, providing you with the opportunity to collaborate

Key features

  • Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations
  • Engage with industry by undertaking short internships and studio visits.
  • Work in our dedicated Art & Design postgraduate studio
  • Benefit from regular lectures from leading figures in the design industry
  • Attend workshops such as Locating your Practice as a Graphic Designer, Typography and Branding and Ideation for designers in addition to technical workshops
  • Opt for an additional advanced research module if you’re thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.

Careers and employability

Connections with industry

We’ll support and encourage you to undertake short internships and studio visits to engage with industry. You’ll also have the opportunity to enter industry competitions and take on live projects.

Recent examples have included:

  • RSA competition briefs
  • Creative Conscience competitions – focused on ethically conscious design
  • collaborative projects with galleries such as Nottingham Contemporary.

You’ll benefit from guest lectures from visiting professionals who will cover a wide range of creative and professional practice.

Recent guests have come from companies such as:

  • Baxter and Bailey
  • Landor Brand consulting and Design
  • Chrissie Levett from Creative Conscience Awards
  • social media consultant, Debbiedooodah.

You’ll also benefit from design graduates returning to give guest lectures through our Graphic Design Symposium. Recent visiting alumni include Reece Hines, brand strategist for Blup, and Stuart Watson, creative director of Nomad.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn entrepreneurship skills through business development courses (such as The Hive’s HeadStart programme), and attend events held by industry experts and organisations. You will keep a professional journal, which you will develop throughout the course to become an in-depth examination of current professional theory and practice in your specialist subject area. You will also attend work-related learning sessions on topics such as self-promotion and marketing, interview skills, and CV and portfolio building.

Programme Structure

  • Phase One: Creative Research and Development You’ll work on a self-negotiated Masters project proposal, and on short design briefs or national design competition briefs. You’ll establish good practice in Masters learning methods, and develop sound approaches to creative research and design development. 
  • Phase Two: Creative Development and Testing  In this phase you’ll continue to develop your negotiated MA project. You’ll take an experimental approach, stretching the boundaries of your existing thought and practice to explore originality and innovation. You’ll examine future trends and emerging thought in your subject area, and combine research findings with imagination to propose new thought and practice. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

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  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 credit points or 160 credit points alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    83

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • 2.2 honours degree in a related subject.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Other requirements:
  • a creative portfolio.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Nottingham

  • 583 - 980 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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