Graphic Design MA
MA Graphic Design
If you're an ambitious creative looking to develop your work to meet the ever-changing demands of the creative industries, then our MA Graphic Design degree course is for you.
On this course, you'll explore different design methodologies – such as typography and publication design – and apply them to ‘real-world’ situations. You'll channel your design skills while creating professional links in various creative industries and communities.
We'll provide the expertise and support you need to develop your practice, and help you sharpen the skills that will grow your career in graphic design and other creative industries. And because you'll test and apply your work in the real world, you'll also open up possibilities for future employment and entrepreneurship when you graduate.
MA Graphic Design Master's degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- A minimum of a second-class honours degree in graphic design or a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. An interview or online portfolio submission will be required as part of the selection process.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this Graphic Design degree course, you'll:
- Produce stimulating graphic design, with the latest software and equipment used by professionals in the industry
- Improve your understanding of graphic design through in-depth research
- Develop a strong critical discourse with peers and academic staff in relation to your work
- Use our specialist workshops, which include facilities for screen printing, letterpress, laser cutting, dye sublimation printing and digital fabric printing
- Get to grips with the latest professional software in our digital studios
- Spend time working in the dynamic and creative environment of our design studios
- Hear from inspirational guest speakers from the world of design
- Plan and produce a personal project to showcase your skills
Careers and opportunities
When you graduate, you'll have the necessary skills for a successful career in the graphic design profession. You might choose to set up your own design studio, step into a more senior role in a graphic design agency or go on to further study.
What can you do with a Graphic Design degree?
Career opportunities include:
- Graphic design
- Typographic design
- Type design
- Website design
- New media design
- Magazine design publishing
- Work in the television and film industries
- Art direction
- Design management
What you'll study on this MA Graphic Design degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.
Core units include:
- A Question of Research
- Contextual Report
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the graphic design industry.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
You'll get guidance and supervision that encourages your independent learning. You'll get regular teaching in workshops, and you'll engage in the wider studio culture that you'll develop alongside undergraduate students in graphic design.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:
- September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only) – teaching block 1
- January to May (early February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only) – teaching block 2
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed after the submission of your work for each unit. You'll get plenty of feedback to ensure your research is on the right track.
Tuition fees (2020 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full time: £7,800
- Part time:
- Year 1 (60 credits): £2,600
- Year 2 (120 credits): £5,200
- Full time: £14,300
- Part time:
- Year 1 (60 credits): £4,770
- Year 2 (120 credits): £9,530
Fees may be subject to annual increase.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You'll need to cover the costs relating to the purchase of materials and/or reprographic requirements for work. These costs are normally in the region of £100–£1000, and will depend on the nature of the work and the media used.
You'll need to cover all of the costs for optional study trips. Trips abroad normally cost in the region of £200–£800. Trips around the UK will cost in the region of £50–£150.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.