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Graphic Communication Design MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Visual Communication Graphic Design Communication Design

Course type


Course Summary

This course pursues a direct and in-depth connection between the ‘applied arts’ tradition of graphic design and a critical and creative approach to communication. A carrier signal, in any form of communication, is the baseline flow of information. It is continuously modulated to transmit messages; it refigures meaning. If music can be understood as a carrier signal for the twentieth century, both expressing and amplifying waves of cultural change, then graphic communication design reveals itself to be the carrier signal of the twenty-first. MA Graphic Communication Design cultivates a considered stance towards visual and other media. Through this course, you will be challenged to simultaneously develop critical positions, through and about graphic communication design, and innovate its new forms. The curriculum synthesizes research driven and hands on approaches to graphic and communication design. It impacts profoundly on culture, technology, social justice, economics, the built environment, globalization, policy, sustainability and much more.

MA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martin’s promotes a shared exploration of an ever-developing subject while enabling your progression as an individual designer. Our graduates are versatile makers, astute commentators, and agents of positive socio-economic, cultural, and technological change; We take a critically informed and experimental approach to the production, form, and circulation of knowledge bringing together the traditional studio and craft traditions of graphic design with research driven approaches; We experiment openly with existing specialisms such as illustration and web design but also develop our own new ones; Our students have access to a diverse range of workshops including letterpress, print-making, photography, video, sound and digital facilities; Our individual and collective practices benefit from a highly international and diverse student and staff community.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



This course further develops your understanding of graphic communication design as research by carrying this proposition through to the interrogation of the details and processes of production across an individually negotiated body of work. Important to this unit are the details of production across multiple visual, textual, and/or other media based outcomes that build upon your Unit 2 coursework. The experience of committing and attending specifically to these aspects of graphic communication design practice will inevitably give rise to new insights and questions that should ultimately support new directions and lines of inquiry for your work. During Unit 3, your cohort will also plan an exhibition as part of Central Saint Martins? annual degree show which receive tens of thousands of visitors.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an honours degree OR An equivalent EU / international qualification.

University information

With impressive alumni including famous fashion designers, artists and musicians, University of the Arts London (UAL) is a leading creative university. There are six Colleges around the city across 14 sites which offer an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. The Colleges are: Camberwell College of Arts Central Saint Martins Chelsea College of Arts London College of...more