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MA - Master of Arts

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Graphic Design

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Course Summary

About the courseFoster your creativity and enhance your employment opportunities by joining MA Graphic Design The aim of this postgraduate programme is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to practice at an advanced level. There is a strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of art and design. You'll develop key research skills and gain a good understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field.

Senior research staff and internationally renowned practitioners work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work. Our staff are experienced in research and professional practice, and you'll also benefit from contributions from visiting designers and professionals, as well as from involvement with our international exhibitions programme.

Every step of the way, you'll develop your imaginative, creative and technical potential as a graphic designer. We’ll invite you to examine a range of media in the fields of graphic design. For example, the role of image-making in new and traditional media, and graphic designers’ relationships with fine art and digital media.

We'll give you an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the use of narrative storytelling. You'll discover its relationship to graphic design, as well as illustrative conventions in children's and adult literature, comics and other media. We'll encourage you to develop the entrepreneurial and commercial skills you'll need to develop your work to its full potential. You'll gain the practical and intellectual skills to thrive as a practicing artist. By working alongside artists and designers on other postgraduate courses you'll explore the possibilities for the graphic designer of today, questioning conventions and refining the direction of your practice.

Student experienceAt the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. We offer a range of support services including; student wellbeing, academic support, accommodation and childcare to ensure that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.


The module enables students to develop and realise their practice in the form of a final presentation of Graphic Design work, which demonstrates an accumulation of specialist know ledge and creative endeavour. Students build upon ideas established and explored in earlier parts of the programme and bring together various practical, theoretical, commercial, social and ethical concerns to complete a sustained body of original and innovative practice. This body of work will evidence creative autonomy, demonstrate professional excellence and in-depth know ledge of Graphic Design practice. The realisation of this body of work is supported by work-in-progress critiques, accessible to students from all of the Art & Design MAs, group and individual online tutorials. At the culmination of the module students are required to present a summary of their work in a location that is accessible during the Postgraduate student symposium.

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Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in the classification of 2:2 or above is mandatory. In exceptional circumstances, students may be taken onto the programme with alternative qualifications and experience.

University information

​Master your dream At Herts, the university offers a huge variety of postgraduate courses covering everything from animation to environmental management. It offers flexible study options to suit a student’s lifestyle, fantastic links to business and expert guidance every step of the way. Why choose postgraduate study at Herts? Employment prospects: 91.5% of postgraduates are in work or further study* Industry connections: Links...more

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