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Our MA Graphic Design course is designed to create accomplished designers and thinkers, whose practice is shaped by innovation in a discipline that is at the forefront of global communication.
Central to the course is an intensive practice-led enquiry, which will take the shape of a major project that you will create. Through visual exploration, contextual research and reflection, you will gain a deeper understanding of this exciting discipline.
At the start of the course you’ll work on short projects which are aimed at challenging conventions and giving you the intellectual grounding that you need for your MA project. You’ll then focus on a subject of your choice and through research, development and testing, create a bespoke design project which truly represents your own specific interests as a designer.
You’ll also benefit from working alongside other Masters students from Branding and Identity, Design and Illustration, providing you with the opportunity to collaborate
– Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations
– Engage with industry by undertaking short internships and studio visits.
– Work in our dedicated Art & Design postgraduate studio
– Benefit from regular lectures from leading figures in the design industry
– Attend workshops such as Locating your Practice as a Graphic Designer, Typography and Branding and Ideation for designers in addition to technical workshops
– Opt for an additional advanced research module if you’re thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.
Connections with industry
We’ll support and encourage you to undertake short internships and studio visits to engage with industry. You’ll also have the opportunity to enter industry competitions and take on live projects.
Recent examples have included:
– RSA competition briefs
– Creative Conscience competitions – focused on ethically conscious design
– collaborative projects with galleries such as Nottingham Contemporary.
You’ll benefit from guest lectures from visiting professionals who will cover a wide range of creative and professional practice.
Recent guests have come from companies such as:
– Baxter and Bailey
– Landor Brand consulting and Design
– Chrissie Levett from Creative Conscience Awards
– social media consultant, Debbiedooodah.
You’ll also benefit from design graduates returning to give guest lectures through our Graphic Design Symposium. Recent visiting alumni include Reece Hines, brand strategist for Blup, and Stuart Watson, creative director of Nomad.
You’ll have the opportunity to learn entrepreneurship skills through business development courses (such as The Hive’s HeadStart programme), and attend events held by industry experts and organisations. You will keep a professional journal, which you will develop throughout the course to become an in-depth examination of current professional theory and practice in your specialist subject area. You will also attend work-related learning sessions on topics such as self-promotion and marketing, interview skills, and CV and portfolio building.
Study trips will inspire and inform your projects. Recent visits have included the Manchester Design Conference, as well as the First Tuesday and RAW Print industry networking events in Nottingham. You’ll also have the opportunity to go on a study trip to a design capital – such as Berlin or New York – where you’ll visit internationally renowned design studios.
This course will equip you with strong creative and problem-solving skills. Our graduates become valuable members of professional teams working together on a range of visual communication projects, involving all kinds of cross-discipline collaborations.
Our graduates often pursue careers in digital and printed media for advertising, branding, marketing and promotion, and a diverse range of publications.
Recent graduates roles and destinations include:
– digital marketing designer, Highlight
– graphic designer, MYDM
– graphic designer, Games Workshop
– set up their own businesses, in the UK and abroad
– progressed on to further study at PhD level
– found work within related areas in the design sector
– returned to their previous occupations with a new focus.