Taught course

Information 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.
  • Access to world-class collections and archives
  • Learn to apply a user-centred approach to support design decisions and generate new design opportunities
  • Practice within a research-intensive environment, where equal emphasis is placed on design theory and practice
  • Develop effective communication and visual systems
  • Produce functional, aesthetic and highly crafted complex documents, interfaces and interaction environments

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

We require an overall score of 7.0 in the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) (or equivalent).

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Department of Typography
Email
typography.pgt@reading.ac.uk