Taught course

Graphic Design and Typography

ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

A good honours degree (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply. Applicants to this course will be required to attend interview and display a portfolio of work for assessment. Applicants resident outside of mainland UK only may submit a portfolio electronically. See our website for more details.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop an innovative approach to typographic communication on this practise-based MA. Collaborate with other students and professional designers to challenge preconceived ideas and further your professional practice.

Our MA Graphic Design and Typography is a student-centred, practice-led course that will allow you to experiment with diverse and innovative techniques, advancing your typographic practice to postgraduate level.

Whether you are an established professional designer or a new graduate, or have come to graphic design via a different professional route, you will receive the training you need to develop your understanding of the business and social contexts of graphic communication as well as your practice.

At the end of the course, you will use all the skills you have developed to research and complete a final visual project relating to your own specialisms.

Your studies will be supported by a team of expert, practising professionals, including Course Leader Will Hill (author of The Complete Typographer), David Jury (author of Reinventing Print: Technology and Craft in Typography and About Face: Reviving the Rules of Typography) and Nick Jeeves (a graphic designer who has worked for Saatchi & Saatchi, Hatfield House, and the UK Film Council, among others).

Our small class sizes will ensure you always feel supported on a personal level, and allow you to forge close relationships with fellow students. You will also have the chance to work with students from other courses.

We use many online resources to complement your studies and keep you up to date with the field of typography, type design and graphic communication. These include a Learning Management System, Wordpress blogs and a Facebook group, through which we share content and news from our international network of contacts.

Throughout the course, you will have opportunities to learn from external practitioners at events including guest lectures and employability workshops. Our past speakers have included typeface designer Jeremy Tankard, poster designer and multimedia specialist Marian Oslislo and typographer Tomasz Bierkowski.

You will also attend Type Thursday and other industry events such as Letter Exchange lectures at the The Artworkers’ Guild, where you can network with professionals and get your work seen.

Course Leader: Will Hill

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course enquiries
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