Postgraduate (12 months full-time, part-time)
Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip
Course duration: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.
Trimester 1: Wednesday 10:00 - 14:00
Trimester 2: Wednesday 10:00 - 14:00
Trimester 3: Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00
Develop an innovative approach to typographic communication on this practise-based MA. Collaborate with other students and professional designers to challenge preconceived ideas and further your professional practice.
Our MA Graphic Design and Typography is a student-centred, practice-led course that will allow you to experiment with diverse and innovative techniques, advancing your typographic practice to postgraduate level.
Whether you are an established professional designer or a new graduate, or have come to graphic design via a different professional route, you will receive the training you need to develop your understanding of the business and social contexts of graphic communication as well as your practice.
At the end of the course, you will use all the skills you have developed to research and complete a final visual project relating to your own specialisms.
Your studies will be supported by a team of expert, practising professionals, including Course Leader Will Hill (author of The Complete Typographer), David Jury (author of Reinventing Print: Technology and Craft in Typography and About Face: Reviving the Rules of Typography) and Nick Jeeves (a graphic designer who has worked for Saatchi & Saatchi, Hatfield House, and the UK Film Council, among others).
Our small class sizes will ensure you always feel supported on a personal level, and allow you to forge close relationships with fellow students. You will also have the chance to work with students from other courses.
We use many online resources to complement your studies and keep you up to date with the field of typography, type design and graphic communication. These include a Learning Management System, Wordpress blogs and a Facebook group, through which we share content and news from our international network of contacts.
Throughout the course, you will have opportunities to learn from external practitioners at events including guest lectures and employability workshops. Our past speakers have included typeface designer Jeremy Tankard, poster designer and multimedia specialist Marian Oslislo and typographer Tomasz Bierkowski.
Course Leader: Will Hill
Our Master's course will equip you for professional employment or self-employment in graphic design and design consultancy, as well as related fields like brand development, art-editorial design, publishing, typography/typesetting, advertising, and media design.
It will also give you a basis for a teaching career, or to continue on to a research degree, such as our PhD Graphic Design and Typography.
As well as attending industry events and employability workshops, you may also get the chance to work on a live brief set by a local company. Our past students have created work for Cambridge Junction, The David Parr House and Marshall Aerospace.
You will demonstrate your progress through a combination of portfolio work, evaluative commentaries, blog participation, group critiques, one-to-one tutorials, presentations, log books and analytical reports, and a 6000-word research essay.
At Cambridge School of Art, we combine the traditions of our past with the possibilities afforded by the latest technologies.
Using our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond, we nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking to empower the makers and creators of the future.
Our academics excel at both practice and theory, making a real impact in their chosen fields, whether they are curating exhibitions, designing book covers or photographing communities in Africa. They are also regularly published in catalogues, books, journals and conference papers, their research classed as being of ‘international standing’, with some elements ‘world-leading’, in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.
As a Cambridge School of Art student, you will receive access and training to all of our on-campus facilities - not just those for your own course. These include traditional letterpress and screenprinting workshops as well as digital facilities such as animation and design studios (using industry-standard Adobe design software on Macintosh technology), photographic studios, laser cutting and large-format digital printing.
The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.
Optional field trip to Antwerp - 3 nights
3 nights accommodation, travel and estimated daily expenses:
You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.How to pay your fees directly
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Students taking up a place on this course are eligible to apply for the Mark Wood Art and Design Scholarship, which recognises and encourages excellence. Download the application form here.
You will be required to attend an interview of around 20 minutes, during which you will evidence your discussion with a portfolio or, if you are resident outside of the UK, an e-portfolio.
For more information on how to prepare and submit your portfolio please visit our portfolios and interviews page, or go straight to the detailed guidance for MA Graphic Design and Typography portfolios.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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