Graphic Design

MA - UCA Epsom - 2019

Our MA Graphic Design course has been structured to promote the role of designers as skilled professional communicators, and firmly embed a culture of research and problem solving into creative practice. 

Our course aims to promote specialism and mastery in your own unique area of graphic design - which you'll identify and develop with us on this MA, enabling you to produce meaningful outcomes from informed research is a top priority, and we will support you to hone your creative skills with access to the photography and printmaking studios, twinned with teaching in studio space and seminar studios.

Using the extensive industry links brought by our course staff, you'll be encouraged to foster connections with industry partners within your area of specialism. UCA is proud to boast connections with The BBC, FutureBrand, The Brewery and Bloom. With the help of visiting lecturers, industry experts and live briefs, you'll gain real-life experience of the design industry first hand, and an emphasis will be placed on how to present both yourself and your design work in a professional arena.

The industry orientation of this course is concerned with exploring graphic design languages in all their facets. You'll enhance your understanding of the aesthetic and commercial value of your work, and accrue professional experience which will add innovation to your practice.

On this course, you'll be taught through a range of lectures, workshops, tutorials, live pitches and presentations. We also place a strong emphasis on independent research.

Length of study:

One year full-time

Campus:

UCA Epsom

Start month:

September

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Entry year(s):

2019

Entry requirements:

Honours degree, normally 2.1 or above, and/or relevant work experience

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Course details

  • Term 1

    You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first term includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

    Practice and Process

    During this unit, you'll examine the advanced specialist tools, methods, concepts and processes relevant to Graphic Design practice through a series of projects, workshops and advanced technical sessions that relate to your own research and aspirations.

    Research Methods

    This unit enables you to undertake a focused and rigorous investigation into the purpose and process of research at postgraduate level within the field of Graphic Design. It is broad in scope and may be offered through shared delivery with other postgraduate courses in the School of Communication Design.

  • Term 2

    During term two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

    Professional Practice

    This unit is designed to enable you to develop a framework within which to develop your Major Project, by undertaking a rigorous investigation into existing practice within the field of study. You'll be encouraged to research, question, challenge, debate and address key debates that relate to Graphic Design.

  • Term 3

    In the third term of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

    Major Project

    The Major Project is the culmination of your studies and will form an exposition of the central ideas and concepts developed throughout your MA. As such it is an opportunity to resolve previous projects and demonstrate evidence of advanced conceptual, theoretical and technical capability over a period of self-directed study. The body of work you produce through this unit should draw upon your experience prior to this MA, the work you have developed in other units and your aspiration for work or further study on graduation.

  • Fees

    Uncover all the costs involved, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to.

  • Fee discounts & scholarships

    To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

Facilities

We have dedicated graphics studios, as well as digital media suites equipped with Macs and PCs, programmed with specialist software such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effect and Fontographer. Dedicated screenprinting, letterpress, intaglio and book-binding workshop facilities in addition to the campus open access printmaking studio. Photographic studios with darkrooms and digital processing equipment.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    You'll benefit from well-established industry links with corporate, media, cultural and creative organisations.

    Our course has links with:

    • Design Bridge
    • Pearlfisher (design group)
    • FutureBrand
    • The Brewery
    • The BBC
    • Imagine
    • Bloom
    • Interbrand.

    We also have regular guest lecturers and recent guests have included:

    • Richard Williams - Founder of Williams Murray Hamm
    • Tim Perkins - Group Director of Design Bridge
    • Philip Carter - Founder of Carter Wong Tomlin
    • Helen Healy - Picture Editor for the Guardian newspaper.
  • Careers

    MA Graphic Design alumni go on to work in a diverse variety of exciting careers. Employment opportunities include:

    • Graphic design
    • Museum design
    • Web or interactive design
    • Picture editing
    • Freelance design or illustration
    • Brand design
    • Packaging design
    • Retail design
    • Art direction
    • Design management.
  • Further study

    You may want to undertake further study or research to specialise even more.

     

How to apply - 2019 entry

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When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

International entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements


Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

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