Taught course

MA 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 participants concerned with the effective articulation of design. An Honours degree in a relevant subject, or a professional or academic qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree. If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, you may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) i.e. professional experience or a combination of courses and work experience. Applicants from non-traditional backgrounds, as well as those already within employment, are also welcome, as 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. Language requirements (International/EU) All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol. IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), with a minimum of 5.5 for each element. You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page. Portfolio and study proposal All applicants will be expected to submit a portfolio and study proposal with their application. Portfolio Applicants should present a portfolio evidencing their aptitude, skill and engagement in the field of graphic design or a relative neighbouring practice. Portfolios are accepted digitally and physically. We advise you to submit an edited selection (10-20 pages) accompanied by a short explanation of each work acknowledging the motivation, development, realisation and impact (where possible). Study proposal Applicants should also apply with a proposal outlining the intentions of their MA research detailing the author’s motivations in the form a short research statement (300-500 words). This may include objectives, intended methodologies, evidence of contextual understanding surrounding the focus of the inquiry and further accompanying research.

Months of entry


Course content

Students of this course are situated within a thriving, active and progressive site of award winning pedagogic development and critical debate. MA Graphic Media Design has evolved from LCC's highly regarded MA Graphic Design course, renowned for its excellence in teaching and learning for postgraduate study in the subject and practice of graphic design.

Practice-based inquiry will drive the programme of study in collaboration with the course tutors, fellow students and external partners. Working with students to establish the priorities of their practice, the course team will acknowledge prior experiences and future agendas.

As active agents in the practices and the subjects associated with, but not limited to, visual culture/graphic design (visual/design), students will consciously work towards establishing their own particular field of study. This will shape the focus of the MA study, research and outputs.

Critical Studio Practice

An integrated approach to theory and practice within the studio, positions the course as an active site of production – research/knowledge/discourse. The course maintains a close relationship between critical practice, theoretical and historical contextualisation, and active research processes. This approach enables a distinct opportunity to develop a challenging and informed body of work that is relative and progressive.

Design Discourse and Debate

The School of Design at LCC champions the pursuit and engagement of scholarly activity at all levels, and particularly within the postgraduate department. Our growing PhD community offers opportunities for our students to seek expert academic guidance, engage in research-oriented workshops and contemplate further academic progression onwards to PhD. The course team supervise PhD candidates within the School of Design. Fields of research are identifiable through a growing number of research hubs, such as the Design & Activism Research Hub, Graphic Subcultures, Typographic Research Unit based at LCC, and others across UAL.

Active Site of Engagement

MA Graphic Media Design runs alongside a suite of established and newly developed post-graduate courses spanning the rich and diverse spectrum of the current and emergent practices in the fields of visual communication, illustration, interaction design, service design, branding and identity, advertising, documentary, journalism, photography, publishing, public relations, sound arts and screenwriting. This diversity of individual and collective pursuits promotes a rich discursive arena for all engaged.

Information for international students

Please contact international@lcc.arts.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 8138

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Information Assistant
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