Visual Communication: Graphic Design - MA

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Why study this course?

Pursue your ambitions as a graphic designer with this specialised visual communication master’s degree. Based at our School of Art, Architecture and Design, you’ll benefit from everything our revered school of art, architecture and design has to offer – from its central London location and the collaborative, multidisciplinary nature of the School to the esteemed visual communication staff and their strong industry networks. Completing our Visual Communication: Graphic Design MA course will enable you to hit the ground running as you begin a career in your chosen field.

More about this course

Our Visual Communication: Graphic Design course will allow you to develop a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to your practice as a visual communicator whose specialist expertise lies in graphic design.

With an emphasis on research, experimentation and creative risk-taking, the course will empower you to graduate as a professional practitioner at the forefront of your field. You’ll leave the course with a clear sense of your own role as a designer in the world.

During this master’s degree in graphic design you’ll find theory and practice meet and inform one another as you implement an interconnected approach to research and design. In turn, this will help you to refine your portfolio of professional-level work and thus demonstrate your advanced problem solving, creativity and critical thinking skills.

This course will expand your critical thinking abilities through design practices, which will enable you to work both speculatively and on fully realised outcomes. Through design research methods and design project development you will develop a project proposal to complete as your final major project.

With a particular focus on socially-engaged design, our Visual Communication: Graphic Design course will encourage you to explore the social, cultural, ethical and economic impacts of graphic design practice.

The course will provide opportunities for:

  • professional industry practice – take part in live project briefs with industry partners
  • situating your practice – learn about formulating a clear direction for your practice
  • complex problem solving and critical thinking
  • collaborative and multi-disciplinary working
  • building knowledge through research and development
  • challenging your approach to communicating and presenting your thinking and outcomes
  • exhibiting your work

Alternative core module information

The School maintains a portfolio of alternative core MA (level 7) 20 credit modules, two of which will be core to this course in any particular year. Prior to the start of the course each September, the course team will decide which of the alternative core modules should be the core 20 credit modules for the following academic cycle. This decision is based on the project opportunities arising and the balance of students across the portfolio of MA design courses. Please note, students themselves do not choose which of the alternative core modules to take themselves. See the modular structure section below for more details.


Your written, visual and physical project work and research will form a portfolio that best represents your skills, interests and abilities, and that will be used to assessed you. These projects will relate to the specific practice requirements of graphic design and visual communication.

Your MA will come to an end in the form of a final major project. This is a chance for you to pursue your interests and devise an argument or stance from which you will produce an independent body of work. Whilst challenging your creative ambition, this project will help you demonstrate your relationship with the area that interests you. Your final graphic design project will be exhibited at the MA graduation show hosted at our central London campus.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a good lower second class honours degree (2.2) in a relevant field (eg graphic design, illustration, animation, branding, photography, architecture, marketing, 3D design, multimedia, interiors), or an equivalent EU/international qualification

You will also be expected to present a portfolio and provide a statement demonstrating your ambition for the subject area and for studying at postgraduate level.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

If you don’t hold one of the qualifications outlined above you may be considered based on proven related academic or work experience, a strong personal statement and/or academic or professional reference.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Module details to be agreed

Where this course can take you

Our Visual Communication: Graphic Design MA course will prepare you for a variety of professional roles. On completion of the course you may pursue positions in graphic design such as:

  • freelance illustrator
  • in-house illustrator
  • book cover designer
  • art director
  • storyboard artist
  • creative director
  • print designer
  • image researcher
  • project manager
  • strategist
  • studio manager

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

If you require a Student visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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