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 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.
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.
Months of entry
MA Graphic Media Design is concerned with establishing a distinct understanding of the fields of graphic design and visual culture, as well as those that infect, destabilise and unravel it. We invite thoughtful, critical, productive individuals interested in the effective articulation of design. This course is taught at London College of Communication, at Elephant & Castle, part of University of the Arts London (UAL).
What can you expect?
MA Graphic Media Design is renowned for its excellence in teaching and learning at postgraduate level, with established links within the field of graphic design, both nationally and internationally. Your self-authored, practice-led enquiry will drive this programme of study. You will work in collaboration with the course tutors, fellow course participants and external partners.
Your long-term independent enquiry will be punctuated with specialist workshops, course-led briefs, tutor, peer and expert critique forums, site visits, lectures and talks from leading practitioners, thinkers and doers. You will join and participate in a critical studio environment where practice-led, theoretical and historical contexts will be explored, critiqued and contemplated alongside one another.
This integrated design-oriented approach opens up new opportunities for you to explore the practice, the writing and the reading as blended visual research tools ripe for critique, invention and application.
Reasons to apply
- Subject Expertise: we engage with national and international visiting lecturers – with notable recent guests including Turner Prize-winners Assemble, design historian and writer Alice Twemlow, and world-renowned design practitioners Paul Elliman and Jan van Toorn.
- Distinctive Practice: our graduates secure high-profile careers in key areas of design practice, research and education – including Sarah Boris (Associate Art Director, Phaidon Publishing), Tzortzis Rallis (PhD student at London College of Communication; Design Museum Design of the Year Awards 2013 shortlist), Marwan Kaabour (Barnbrook Studio) and Cat Drew (Work & Health Unit, Policy Lab, UK Government).
- Design Discourse, Research and Debate: our established MA and PhD community offers opportunities for expert academic guidance. Engage in research-oriented workshops and contemplate progression to PhD, as well as interact with a growing number of research hubs at London College of Communication, such as Design Activism Research Hub, Graphic Subcultures, Conscientious Communicators, Typographic Research Unit, and many others across University of the Arts London.
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
English language requirements - IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
Fees and funding
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time15 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- +44 (0)20 7514 6599