• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

Offering opportunities for internships with industry partners including Hearst Magazines UK, the course is focused on developing the industry-ready skills, digital confidence and creative expertise for careers in graphic communication design and related fields today. 

During the intensive 12-month MA in Visual Communication - Graphic Design at Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts based in our central Cambridge studios, you will advance a specialist knowledge of your chosen area of communication design, and be encouraged to explore new methods, digital platforms and technologies that help develop an original approach and take your work in exciting new directions. As well as refining your knowledge of fundamental principles and the traditional print and screen-based skills necessary for future careers in commercial work, you will be supported to explore the expanded field of contemporary graphic design, including motion graphics, digital and interactive design, UX/UI, information design, and user-centred approaches.  

Careers

The course provides students with the experience and expert skills for careers in the expanding creative industries in the UK and worldwide across the field of graphic and communication design, including editorial and publishing, UX/UI design, advertising and art direction, digital media and interactive design, branding, motion graphics and animation, experience design, visual marketing and digital content production. Previous graduates have gone on to careers in freelance graphic design; branding and marketing; graphic designer at Esquire. 

Unique Opportunities

This programme offers outstanding specialist tuition combined with extensive academic contact and studio access. As a Master’s student you benefit from: 

  • Exclusive access to media and industry expertise, workshops and internships through our partners including our design partner Hearst Magazines UK, publisher of titles including Digital Spy, Esquire and Elle Decoration.
  • Expert tuition from industry-active professional graphic designers, branding experts, animators and illustrators with a passion for teaching.
  • Intensive learning experience tailored to your needs and ambitions, with high level of personalised support and 1:1 tutorial time. 
  • Opportunities for work placements or industry mentoring as part of the course. 
  • A postgraduate qualification you need to stand out, and get ahead.
  • Collaborating with a creative, inter-disciplinary and global postgraduate community.
  • Your own iMac and studio work space, open every day of the week.
  • Access to regular Life Drawing in our dedicated drawing studio.
  • A small, supportive and specialist creative arts college in a beautiful, historic and cultural city—a creative hotspot and home to one of the UK’s most dynamic and international student communities. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Visual Grammar
  • Research Practice
  • Design Practice
  • Creative Futures
  • Independent Major Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Age

  • 20 years +

Educational Level

  • Successfully completed an Undergraduate Degree in graphic design, graphics and illustration, communication design or closely related subject.
  • CSVPA recognises a wide variety of qualifications and/or relevant experience and encourages applications from all people, with a demonstrable interest and experience in their subject.
  • In some cases students may be required to complete a Graduate Diploma.

English Level

  • IELTS 6.5+ (no element under 5.5)

Portfolio & Personal Statement 

  • A portfolio demonstrating appropriate skills, research and prior experience of the subject. 
  • A Personal Statement that tells us about you, your approach to practice, and your ambitions and aspirations for the future. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22920 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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