Taught course

Communication Design: Typeface Design pathway

University of Reading · Department of Typography and Graphic Communication

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Entry requirements

A first or 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside of the UK) in a design related subject. For exceptional candidates without such a degree, convincing evidence of relevant professional experience. Additionally, a substantial practice portfolio with typography and typeface design work.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Communication Design: Typeface Design Pathway combines the development of practical skills with the study of historical and theoretical issues, in a world-class research-intensive environment.

This course integrates shared elements of study and pathway-specific elements. This Typeface Design pathway allows for specialisation and a deeper engagement with Communication Design.

The Typeface Design pathway focuses on the development of multiscript typefaces for text-intensive applications. Students work on defining, planning, and designing a multiscript typeface family, exploring issues of character complements, the development of family styles across scripts, and the relationship of convention and modernity in typeface design.

Why study MA Communication Design: Typeface Design Pathway at Reading?
  • The global reference programme in the field
  • First university-based pathway in this subject
  • Highly international student body, with a wide range of backgrounds
  • Pathway combines practical and academic elements into a signature model for design education
  • Design and research areas are global in perspective, with a wide variety of typographic scripts covered

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,735 per year (full-time)
International students
£16,450 per year (full-time)

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

Global Recruitment Team