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Graphic Branding and Identity

University of the Arts London (UAL)

15 months
22920 GBP/year
11220 GBP/year
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On MA Graphic Branding and Identity offered at University of the Arts London (UAL) you’ll explore the strategic thinking underlying brands and look at how that strategy can drive creative expression.


The Graphic Branding and Identity offered at University of the Arts London (UAL) is a course for designers, by designers. Together, we’ll explore the capacity of the graphic designer to construct and deconstruct powerful brand narratives through design research, visual experimentation and written evaluation.

MA Graphic Branding and Identity encourages you to challenge what is understood about the meaning of graphic branding.

You’ll have a graphic design or visual communication background, and will be looking to develop a wider range of skills, build a research profile and enhance your capabilities and offer to potential employers.

This MA course focuses on the role of visual identity within branding, with the aim to produce versatile and creative practitioners who understand design within a business, social and cultural context.

What can you expect?

MA Graphic Branding and Identity will challenge you to deconstruct your experience and design education in new and unexpected ways. You’ll develop a brand from the ground-up, using old and new strategies to push your design practice in new directions.

You’ll take part in a weekly lecture or workshop series on the principles of design and branding, learn new research techniques and connect these to rigorous methods of design exploration.

Your study will be based on personal project work, augmented with critical and contextual debate, culminating in an industry-focused portfolio of graphic brand expressions.

You’ll integrate visual practice with written evaluation critical discourse, which will be embedded into your weekly seminars and tutorial contact.

You’ll meet a personal tutor on a regular basis, who will help guide you through a challenging, highly-satisfying period of personal and professional development.

You’ll work with a wide range of designers and practitioners, as well as an experienced core team of tutors and researchers.

You’ll collaborate with other students, staff and external clients in a guided collaborative unit, allowing you to develop new approaches to design and brand projects.

You’ll be welcomed into one of University of the Arts London’s most diverse communities of practice, meeting designers and thinkers from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, and from this will develop a globalised, sustainable design practice that should position you as an engaged, thoughtful, intelligent and highly-skilled design-thinker.

Learning at this level will be about intellectual engagement, discovery, interaction and change. The final product, for us, is not in itself the goal - it is the research, evaluation and understanding of branding and identity that makes this MA distinctive.

This course is taught within the Branding and Design Innovation programme of the Design School.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Brand and Design Principles 
  • Field of Study Report
  • Collaborative Unit
  • Major Project Proposal
  • Final Major Project OR Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree in a field relevant to graphic design, product design or architecture
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required
  • Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required
  • If your first language is not English, you can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio
  • Study proposal/project proposal

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22920 GBP per year during 15 months.
  • National

    11220 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11220 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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