Taught course

Graphic Communication Design

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · Communication, Spatial and Product Design

Entry requirements

We consider applicants who have already achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours degree. You can demonstrate this educational level by: Having a relevant Honours degree or an equivalent academic qualification Having a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree Evidence of experiential learning equivalent to a degree A combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning that, taken together, can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required. English language requirement All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent. For further information visit the Language Centre website. Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the External English Tests page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. What we look for MA Communications Design is aimed at graduates with a suitable background in any creative discipline. This includes graphic design, photography, illustration, film, or a similar studio-based discipline or a high level of achievement in any related academic field. Immediately related academic fields include media and communication studies but applications are invited from backgrounds ranging from engineering to anthropology. Students applying with an undergraduate degree in art and design, in addition to demonstrating a depth of craft and visual agility in their portfolio, should demonstrate an interest in and capacity for approaching their work from an intellectually informed perspective. Students applying without a relevant studio background at degree level do not necessarily need to submit polished design work but will need to demonstrate a capacity for meaningful visual experimentation. We value flexibility, self-awareness, independence, and open-ness to new ways of thinking and making Student selection criteria In the first instance, we will assess your application and supporting materials according to the following criteria: Creative intelligence and aesthetic sensitivity demonstrated by design portfolio Flexibility, self-awareness and ability to think critically Written and verbal communication skills Awareness and understanding of the field Personal vision and a sense of purpose Relevant previous experience Alignment of personal aims and objectives to the course If we are considering offering you a place, we will invite you for interview. Portfolio and interview advice References and interviews help determine whether your personal and professional aspirations are compatible with the aims and outcomes of the postgraduate course. The interview also gives you an opportunity to demonstrate an objective, critical and reflective relationship to your work. If possible, it's a good idea to bring examples of current work.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Graphic Communication Design is offered in a two-year, 60-week, extended full-time (EFT) mode.

MA Graphic Communication Design is credit-rated at 180 credits, and comprises two units. Unit 1 (60 credits) lasts 20 weeks and includes a range of taught coursework. Unit 2 (120 credits) lasts for 40 weeks, from term 3 in year one, and contains regular formative assessment opportunities.

Students must pass both units to be considered for the award of MA, but the classification of the award of MA derives from your mark for Unit 2 only.

We expect you to commit approximately 30 hours to your studies per week. In year 1, taught delivery is normally timetabled across three days per week including self-directed study. In year two your study is predominantly self-managed and is supported by regular supervisory points of contact.

Information for international students

Our International Office deals specifically with the needs of students from overseas. Tel +44 (0)20 7514 7027.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

The Information Office
+44 (0)20 7514 7023
+44 (0)20 7514 7254