Graphic Design MA

UCA Epsom - 2021

Length of study:

One year full-time


UCA Epsom

Entry requirements:

Honours degree and/or relevant work experience

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Course entry options:

September 2021

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Course overview

MA Graphic Design at UCA Epsom 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.  

Producing outcomes from informed and independent research is a top priority on this MA. Alongside this, we will help you to master your own unique area of graphic design through a series of lectures, workshops, tutorials, live pitches and presentations, supported by our wide range of facilities and old and new technologies.

You’ll explore different applications of visual language, and how it relates to your area of specialism. 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.

With extensive industry links brought by our course staff, you'll also have the chance to foster connections with industry partners within your area of specialism. UCA is proud to boast connections with a range of organisations including the BBC, FutureBrand, GF Smith and Typocircle.

Through visiting lecturers, networking with industry experts and live briefs, you’ll gain current experience of the design industry, with an emphasis on how to present both yourself and your design work in a professional arena. 

Course details

  • Term one

    You’ll begin your year examining your own practice and developing your research skills – these units will run throughout the year as you build towards your Major Project.

    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.


  • Term two

    As you build upon the topics covered in Term one and continue honing your practice and research, you'll begin to develop your ideas for your Major Project. 

    Professional Practice
    This unit will enable you to develop a framework within which to formulate your Major Project. You'll undertake a rigorous investigation into existing practice - researching, questioning, challenging, debating and addressing key debates relating to Graphic Design.

    Major Project: Conceptualization and Development
    The Major Project is the culmination of your studies and will form an exposition of the central ideas and concepts developed throughout your MA. 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.

  • Term three

    Major Project: Continuation and Realisation
    With all three of the year’s units still continuing to support you and encourage you in your work, you’ll spend the final term producing and refining your Major Project.

    The body of work you produce should draw upon your experience prior to this MA, the work you have developed in the other units and your aspiration for work or further study on graduation.

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

    • UK students full-time - £10,400
    • EU students full-time - £10,400 (see fee discount information)

    • International students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
    • International students full-time - £16,800 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry. 

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

  • Fee discounts and 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.


We have dedicated graphics studios, as well as digital media suites equipped with Macs and PCs, which are programmed with specialist software such as Adobe Creative Suite, Dreamweaver, After Effects and Fontographer. There are also screen printing, Riso, letterpress, intaglio and book-binding workshop facilities, as well as an open access printmaking studio. Additionally, there are 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.


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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


  • 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 and EU entry requirements

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

Your portfolio

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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