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Graphic Design Theory and Practice

Nottingham Trent University

24 months
7550 GBP/year
4100 GBP/year
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This Graphic Design Theory and Practice course from Nottingham Trent University allows you to develop your professional and educational profile, alongside employment or other commitments. With a similar curriculum to our full-time MA Graphic Design / Illustration / Branding degrees, this part-time course offers a more flexible engagement for students, in order to suit your individual needs.


Depending on your interests, you can study a range of specialist topics including graphics, illustration, branding and identity, and digital interactive media. You can choose to either propose and develop your own practical project, or opt to research and write a dissertation based on a topic of your choice.

The MA Graphic Design Theory and Practice degree is ideal if you:
  • want to continue your design education alongside employment
  • are a professional who wants to develop new skills and knowledge in your design practice
  • are someone who wants to follow a more academic career as a researcher, writer, commentator or educator.

Key features

  • Have the support and flexibility to study a Masters course around other commitments, including employment
  • Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations
  • Choose to develop a practical project, or research and write a dissertation
  • Enjoy the opportunity to study across the broad subject of graphic design, choosing specialist topics such as illustration, branding, and digital interactive media
  • Be allocated a personal supervisor, who will provide continuity throughout the development of your work
  • Take part in group tutorials and development workshops
  • Opt for an additional advanced research module if you’re thinking of progressing on

Careers and employability

This Graphic Design Theory and Practice course from Nottingham Trent University will equip you with strong creative and problem-solving skills. Our graduates become valuable members of professional teams working together on a range of visual communication projects, involving all kinds of cross-discipline collaborations.

Our graduates often pursue careers in education, digital and printed media for advertising, branding, marketing and promotion, and a diverse range of publications.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graphic Design Theory and Practice
  • Phase One: Creative Research and Development
  • Phase Two: Creative Development and Testing
  • Phase Three: Design for Production and Media
  • Advanced Art and Design Research

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We would recommend applying as soon as you are able as we may close the course if it is full.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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

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  • International

    7550 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7550 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4100 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Nottingham

583 - 978 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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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