On MA Graphic Communication Design, the curriculum revolves around a series of thematic briefs. These structure the development of your coursework. Thematic briefs are introduced with a lecture and often accompanied by a workshop or event. They will normally correspond to an assigned project or choice of projects. On this course, units build on one another successively. Coursework and learning will form the basis for achievement in the subsequent unit.
Unit 1: Graphic Communication Design as Research
The purpose of Unit 1 is to introduce you to graphic communication design as a knowledge practice as well as a subject of study. This course takes the position that the production of knowledge is intertwined closely with its form and circulation. This opens up new ways of working, new kinds of integrity and effectiveness. We also challenge conventional understandings of what knowledge is and how it can be deployed. This unit entails a series of thematic briefs as well as workshops and introductions. Your engagement with these briefs will inform the development of your research paper and studio practice.
Unit 2: Situated Practice in Graphic Communication Design
While the intention of Unit 1 is to expose you to a diverse range of perspectives, Unit 2 provides a framework for challenging and strengthening your particular stance as a designer. Individual reflection and authorship are a key part of this process. In situating your practice, you will be expected to critically interrogate the wider frames of reference to which your work is related. You will test and extend your thinking through continuous engagement in practical experimentation and reflection. During this unit, your work will be strengthened through exposure to audiences and publics. For example, you will participate in the course's annual symposium.
Unit 3: Graphic Communication Design Project
This final unit synthesises and builds upon your experiences in Units 1 and 2. It explores how interrogation of the details and processes of production can extend the proposition of graphic communication design as research. At this point in the course, you will take individual responsibility for driving your coursework forward with the aim of producing a body of work that itself communicates and enacts its intentions. This process is designed to extend beyond the end of the unit and continue as you move forward in your life as a designer. The unit culminates with the course’s annual degree show.
Mode of study
MA Graphic Communication Design is offered in extended full-time mode which runs for 60 weeks over two academic years. You will be expected to commit 30 hours per week to study, which includes teaching time and independent study.
The course has been designed in this way to enable you to pursue studies, while also undertaking part-time employment, internships, or care responsibilities.
Credit and award requirements
The course is credit-rated at 180 credits.
On successfully completing the course, you will gain a Master of Arts (MA degree).
Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, an MA is Level 7. All units must be passed in order to achieve the MA but the classification of the award is derived from the mark for the final unit only.
If you are unable to continue on the course, a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) will normally be offered following the successful completion of 60 credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) following the successful completion of 120 credits.