M.A. On Campus

Graphic Design Communication

University of the Arts London (UAL)

15 months
23610 GBP/year
11550 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA Graphic Design Communication at University of the Arts London (UAL) encourages a broad and diverse approach to thinking and practice. This helps you shape engaging and imaginative design solutions through material, media, technologies and systems of public engagement.


The MA Graphic Design Communication course aims to align current social and cultural issues alongside emerging design practices. It will give you a solid introduction to the debates and methodologies that are at the forefront of contemporary design. You will learn how to challenge and expand this knowledge within your personal design practice.

The course will enable you to become an advanced thinker and versatile practitioner. You will be a designer with the ability to respond to both familiar and unfamiliar challenges.

What you can expect

  • A practice led course underpinned by critical design thinking and exploration
  • Teaching from experienced postgraduate tutors. Each of which has their own personal specialist design / art practice and research
  • A themed introduction to stimulate knowledge of contemporary design practice and discourse
  • Access to library and special collection resources, shared studios and exhibition spaces
  • To develop a rigorous design process. This will provide you with the means to use critical thinking, shape materials and forms, generate and communicate content, develop prototypes and engage with audience testing
  • To seek inspiration and knowledge from tutors, college wide lectures, UAL postgraduate community events and London’s cultural industries
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops.


Many graduates of the MA Graphic Design Communication at University of the Arts London (UAL) are employed in interdisciplinary design studios and as senior designers in graphic and communication design companies. Graduates have also founded their own design studios working across digital environments and physical spaces as well as specialist publishing and new forms of graphic content.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

Exploring emergent design contexts and practices

  • To be introduced to the 4 key elements of the course - research folder, portfolio of practice, study proposal and critical writing
    • To develop your observational, research and analytical skills
    • To be introduced to critical thinking within design-based practice

    Developing a design framework: critical and practical

  • To look at existing and emerging design theory and practice
    • To develop a design framework from which to work from
    • To contribute to a working peer group identified by a shared theme

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 15 months

    Start dates & application deadlines

    More details

    The deadline has passed. However, this course will remain open until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


    120 alternative credits


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

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    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
    • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
    • Personal statement
    • Portfolio of work
    Mini portfolio
    • A maximum of 30 images or other files such as animation, film or video
    • A range of practical project work which demonstrates conceptual thinking, design iteration and effective outcomes
    • Aspects of development work which explore experimentation beyond obvious conventions of graphic design communication practice. This can include inventive and engaging responses in relation to a brief or commercial environment
    • As part of your application please include a 2-3 minute video to describe an organisation, network, or community that you would like to become involved with on a personal and professional level. 
    • A willingness to engage with emergent practices of graphic design communication 

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      23610 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 23610 GBP per year during 15 months.
    • National

      11550 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 11550 GBP per year during 15 months.

    Living costs for London

    1137 - 2157 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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