Graphic Communication Design

University of the Arts London (UAL)

24 months
16450 GBP/year
6455 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA Graphic Communication Design at University of the Arts London (UAL) impacts profoundly on culture, technology, social justice, economics, the built environment, globalisation, policy, sustainability and much more. This course promotes a shared exploration of an ever-developing subject while enabling your progression as an individual designer.

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The MA Graphic Communication Design couse at University of the Arts London (UAL) pursues a direct and in-depth connection between the ‘applied arts’ tradition of graphic design and a critical and creative approach to communication. A carrier signal, in any form of communication, is the baseline flow of information. It is continuously modulated to transmit messages; it refigures meaning. If music can be understood as a carrier signal for the twentieth century, both expressing and amplifying waves of cultural change, then graphic communication design reveals itself to be the carrier signal of the twenty-first.

The MA Graphic Communication Design cultivates a considered stance towards visual and other media. Through this course, you will be challenged to simultaneously develop critical positions, through and about graphic communication design, and innovate its new forms. The curriculum synthesises research driven and hands on approaches to graphic and communication design.


Graduates have gone on to launch their own studios and publishing companies, work for large-scale institutions and corporations around the world, freelance in their chosen areas, or develop their own new models for design practice. An increasing number of our graduates are following the MA with PhD study and choosing to pursue a design research career.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graphic Communication Design as Research
  • Situated Practice in Graphic Communication Design
  • Graphic Communication Design Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Entry requirements

  •  An honours degree OR
  •  An equivalent EU / international qualification.

Personal Statement

  • What motivates you to pursue postgraduate study in graphic communication design?
  • If your undergraduate degree was in an art/design subject, what do you hope to gain from further study?
  • If your undergraduate degree was in another subject, how do you think studying graphic communication design will extend and expand upon your existing experience?
  •  Choose any recent film or television show. Write a brief critical response focusing on analysis rather than summary of any aspect. If useful, feel free to cite relevant literature.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16450 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6455 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6455 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.


Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students.

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