Taught course

Book Design

Institution
University of Reading · Department of Typography and Graphic Communication
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

At least 2:1 honours (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a design or design-relevant subject or, for exceptional candidates without such a degree, convincing evidence of relevant professional experience. Applicants will be asked to provide a portfolio and an example of academic writing as part of the application process.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our Department has an international reputation for its teaching and research. It has been a leader in defining and shaping our field, with pioneering contributions in: the integration of research into design teaching; the use of archives in developing understanding and guiding design decisions; and the consolidation of history, theory and practice in typographic education. Our unique programmes enable you to develop excellent skills in design practice, enquiry and discourse. You will benefit from teaching that draws on academic and professional expertise from a wide range of staff and visiting contributors. Our small programme groups allow you to engage with other postgraduates and researchers, in a supportive and collegiate environment. You will benefit from our links with design institutions all over the world. These include the Rare Book School in Lyon, the Information Design Association, International Institute for Information Design, Sign Design Society, Printing Historical Society, Monotype Imaging, The Newberry Library, Victoria & Albert Museum and St Bride Library. We also house a large number of outstanding typography and graphic communication collections. Our programmes are superb preparation for careers in practice, and ideal for those considering MPhil or PhD study.

  • Practical design for printed books and ebooks, delivered by practising designers through projects and assignments
  • Theory and history, taught through a variety of lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Access to the University’s special collections, ensuring a truly hands-on experience
  • Close to resources, including historic libraries in Oxford and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Our graduates have an excellent employment record. Many take up positions in type design studios, with publishers and general design studios, and wayfinding and information design studios. Others develop their own businesses, or take up managerial roles in creative firms. Employers include Apple, Monotype, Microsoft Typography, Victoria & Albert Museum, Oxford University Press, Financial Times and Nokia.

Information for international students

Evidence of English Language ability required: an overall score of 7.0 in the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) with no individual element scoring less than 6.0 (or equivalent)

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Typography Dept
Email
typography.pgt@reading.ac.uk