Taught course

Graphic Design

University of Portsmouth · School of Art, Design and Performance

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class honours degree in graphic design or a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. All applicants will be invited to attend an interview or be asked to submit a online portfolio in support of their application.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA Graphic Design course will deepen your understanding of graphic design and its associated disciplines and skills.
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.
This Master’s in Graphic Design will provide you with the expertise and support you need to develop your practice, sharpen your skills and grow your career in graphic design and other creative industries: opening up possibilities for future employment and entrepreneurship when you graduate.
If you’re an ambitious, intellectually curious creative looking to develop your work to meet the ever-changing demands of the creative industries, then our Graphic Design Master’s course is for you.
Course highlights
  • Produce inspiring graphic design, utilising our specialist workshops – including facilities for screen printing, etching and letterpress, laser cutting, dye sublimation printing and digital fabric printing, and the latest professional software and equipment employed by professionals in the industry
  • Engage in strong critical dialogue with peers and academic staff in relation to your work
  • Strengthen your understanding of graphic design through an in-depth, research-focused approach, which will help you to develop your confidence and bring creativity to your practical work
  • Hear from inspirational guest speakers from the world of design
  • Plan and produce a personal project to showcase your skills
Careers and opportunities
As a successful graduate of this course, you will have been encouraged to push your knowledge and skills in graphic design further than ever before.
Through seminars, project work and training, this Graphic Design Master's course will help you to engage in greater depth with the creative industries, pushing boundaries and challenging conventional thinking.
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.
Graduates of this course have gone onto roles in:
  • Graphic design
  • Typographic design
  • Type design
  • Website design
  • Digital media design
  • Magazine/book design and publishing
  • Television and film industries
  • Art direction
  • Design management
  • Research

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566