Taught course

Graphics, Illustration, Photography

Glasgow School of Art · Design

Entry requirements

Admission to the MDes in Graphics/Illustration/Photography programme can occur at any time during the academic year; the admissions cycle begins in late September for intake in the following September. Although there are no deadlines, early application is encouraged in order to ensure a place on the programmes.

All applicants should normally have a good honours degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent professional practice. The admissions requirements for the MDes Graphics / Illustration / Photography programme are:

• a fully completed application form, including two references;

• submission of a 500 word written text outlining personal motivation for undertaking postgraduate study, and specific reasons for applying to the programme;

• submission of a portfolio of work (20-30 images, 300 dpi, plus an image list);

• demonstration of critical awareness at interview (if conducted)

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters in Design in (Graphics/Illustration/Photography) is a one year intensive masters programme (180 credits), with three subject-specific pathways. It is designed specifically for those students wishing to explore, at postgraduate level, subject specialisms in one of these three areas. Applications to the programme should make clear which pathway of study the student is interested in studying.

The programme aims to furnish students with the research skills and methods for stimulating innovative design practices through a combination of tutorials, seminars, workshops, and autonomous design and research projects. In doing so, it equips graduates with the practical and intellectual skills required to deploy design practices within a variety of social, economic and technological contexts and transform the experiences of those who utilise, interact with, or depend upon designed artefacts and services.

Information for international students

Overseas applicants who are unable to attend for interview must submit the proposal and portfolio work. In addition, a telephone interview may be required. Overseas applicants for whom English is not their first language should normally obtain a minimum score of 6.0 in the IELTS test (with no component less than 5.5) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

This course is self-funded.

Qualification and course duration


full time
4 months


full time
8 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Brian Cairns