Taught course

Creative Enterprise (Communication Design Pathway)

University of Reading · Department of Typography and Graphic Communication

Entry requirements

We expect applicants to have a good UK honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a design or design relevant subject (whether you are an experienced designer or newly graduated), or for exceptional candidates without such a degree, convincing evidence of relevant professional experience. We may ask for material evidence, for example, a piece of written work and a design portfolio.

Months of entry


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.

Have ambitions to pursue a career in the fast-growing creative sector? This programme combines leading academic expertise from the School of Arts and Communication Design and Henley Business School. It will enable you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to progress in entrepreneurial careers within start-ups and creative firms.

  • Develop strategic and creative thinking skills and learn to apply design thinking to business
  • Major themes include information design, service design, user experience and brand identity
  • Suited to those who wish to advance their career in the design industry
  • Modules in design practice, entrepreneurship, management and intellectual property
  • Access to dedicated studio facilities

Students studying creative enterprise gain the skills and expertise to progress in entrepreneurial careers, either pursuing start-up opportunities on their own or taking leading managerial roles in creative firms.

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)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Typography Dept