Taught course

Graphic Media Design

University of the Arts London - London College of Communication · Faculty of Design

Entry requirements

The MA Graphic Media Design course team welcomes thoughtful, critical and productive applicants concerned with the effective articulation of design.

The course attracts applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, from all over the world, from an Honours degree course in a field relevant to graphics and media design or those with other, equivalent qualifications. The course team also welcomes students with relevant experience or those who may have previously worked in the industry, or non-traditional backgrounds, as well as those already within employment.

The course has been designed to accommodate flexibility in educational engagement. Your experience is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience for currency, validity, quality and sufficiency.

Your educational level may be demonstrated by:

  • Honours degree (named above);
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications;
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required;
  • Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Graphic Media Design explores the use of graphic design as a critical tool to investigate the complexities of contemporary society. This course is taught at London College of Communication, at Elephant and Castle, part of University of the Arts London (UAL).

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

  • Subject Expertise: You will be situated within a progressive site of award-winning pedagogic development and critical subject debate. The course is delivered by an accomplished team of awarded design practitioners, published researchers and experienced educators.
  • Progressive Practice: Our graduates enter into complex contexts with curiosity and confidence, informed with in-depth subject knowledge, advanced design skills and a resilient attitude. Graduates initiate new directions for the practice of graphic design, participate in current and future debates on the practice and secure high-profile careers in key areas of design practice, research and education.
  • Design Discourse and Debate: Leading critical thinkers, design practitioners, theorists and writers are frequent guests and correspondents to the course – notably Turner Prize-nominees Forensic Architecture, design historian and writer Alice Twemlow, and world-renowned practitioners Paul Elliman and Jan van Toorn.
  • Making Public: Our participants socialise their practice with key institutions, organisations and communities throughout the course with projects such as the In Search Of… series, Positioning Practice and A Line Which Forms a Volume: a critical reader of design research published by the course, with contributions from Stuart Bertolli-Bailey (Dexter Sinister), Jack Self (Real Review), Francisco Laranjo (Modes of Criticism) and more.
  • Community: Our postgradaute community offers opportunities to engage in research . Graduates can work towards PhD progression; and interact with a growing number of research hubs at LCC, such as Supra Systems Studio, Design Activism Research Hub, and many others across UAL.
  • Excellence in resources: LCC’s exceptional facilities span both the traditional and contemporary processes from letterpress, screen printing, photography, 3D construction and bookbinding to 3D printing, laser-cutting and sound engineering.

About London College of Communication

The communications sector is evolving fast. Through our world-leading community of teaching, research and industry partnerships, we enable our students to develop the critical, creative and technical excellence needed to succeed and to discover new possibilities and practices. Our Design, Media and Screen Schools produce experts and award-winners across virtual reality, journalism, photography, television and sound, graphic communication, games, design management – and more. The London College of Communication experience is all about learning by doing. Our students get their hands dirty and develop their skills through the exploration of our facilities and technical spaces. Students work on live briefs and commissions, with everything from independent start-ups and charities in Southwark, through to major global companies. Student designers, makers and innovators have worked with Nike, Penguin, the EU Commission, Colgate, Plan International, the National Trust, Nokia and Royal Mail, to name a few.

Information for international students

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you let us know your English language test score in your application. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please indicate this in your application. When asked to upload a CV as part of your application, please include any information about your English test score.

IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.

If your first language is not English, you can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page.

Fees and funding

Learn more by visiting our funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    15 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Information Centre
+44 (0)20 7514 6500