About the course
Our multi-award winning Graphic Design and Illustration course provides a strong work-related learning experience, with students starting to specialise in either one of the two pathways during their first year. For more information on the Illustration pathway click here.
Our aim is to nurture highly employable, ideas-driven people that could work in a wide variety of creative industries. The focus is on giving our students the skills to develop industry-focused portfolios but which will also benefit you throughout your career.
The first year is about core skills and finding the right pathway for you. The first semester will allow you to explore both graphic design and illustration, before choosing one to specialise in for the rest of the course. Teaching encourages creative thinking, the generation of ideas and problem solving, with hands-on workshops in software, typography and printmaking.
The second year focuses on professional projects, emphasising commercial constraints and expectations. It includes high-profile live projects which allow you to develop a real understand of what employers expect. We also explore areas like digital design, interaction, and motion graphics.
The final year is focused around building a professional portfolio with the chance to enter the best student competitions, as well as developing your own interests. It is intended to provide an experience from which you can emerge as a work-ready creative. The staff team are nationally and internationally recognised designers and illustrators who bring their research and professional interests directly into the student environment.
If you’ve already completed an Undergraduate degree, why not take a look at our Postgraduate degrees and specialise in MA Graphic Design or MA Illustration?
Why choose this course?
We have an enviable record of success. In recent years our students have won over 65 awards in all of the most prestigious national and international design competitions. These include: the coveted D&AD Yellow Pencil; two further Yellow Pencil nominations; numerous Best In Year awards with D&AD; two Best In Show awards at D&AD New Blood; Student Designer of the Year at New Designers; the Graphic Design award at New Designers for two years running; numerous ISTD awards; countless YCN awards; and various runners-up/finalists’ places in various illustration competitions such at the Penguin Book Jacket awards, the London Transport Illustration awards and the Lloyds TSB Illustration awards.
Clever, original ideas are vital for a successful career working at the top end of the profession and our course is committed to teaching students how to generate brilliant concepts. We foster a fun yet demanding atmosphere that encourages our students to think independently, question the world around them and be opinionated.
Our proximity to London (25 minutes on the train) is a core part of our success. It allows us to easily bring in high-quality visiting tutors, guest speakers and live-projects with top firms. It means we have great industry connections and study trips to museums and companies are a regular part of the curriculum.
MA Graphic Design (Online)
About the course
- On the MA Graphic Design degree will develop your professional skills as a graphic designer.
- You will work with design professionals of international standing.
- This Master’s degree gives you the opportunity to work in professional and industrial contexts.
- See examples of work and course news on the MA Graphic Design Blog
- This award is delivered entirely via distance learning.
- For more information about online study please visit the UH Online webpages
Why choose this course?
MA Graphic Design is a Master’s award within the MA Art and Design programme at the School of Creative Arts. Within the programme there is strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of art and design. You will develop key research skills and gain a good understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field.
The aim of the postgraduate programme is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to practice at an advanced level, to foster your creativity and enhance your employment opportunities. Senior research staff and internationally renowned practitioners work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work.
The MA Graphic Design degree is designed to develop your imaginative, creative and technical potential as a graphic designer. It provides an opportunity for you to examine a range of media in the fields of graphic design, including the role of image-making in new and traditional media, and graphic designer’s relationships with fine art and digital media.
This masters degree gives you an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the use of narrative storytelling and its relationship to graphic design, as well as illustrative conventions in children’s and adult literature, comics and other media. We encourage you to develop the entrepreneurial and commercial skills necessary to help develop your work to its full potential and to equip you with the practical and intellectual skills to thrive as a practicing artist. Through working alongside artists and designers on other postgraduate courses you will explore the possibilities for the graphic designer of today, questioning conventions and refining the direction of your practice.
Our staff are experienced in research and professional practice, and you will also benefit from contributions from visiting designers and professionals, as well as from involvement with our international exhibitions programme.
By studying the MA Illustration (online) or Graphic Design (online), you can fit studies around work and life commitments.
Programme tutor Barbara Brownie explains how it all works in this video!