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Book Design - MA

Course Description

About the course:
-Practical design for printed books and ebooks, delivered by practising designers through projects and assignments
-Theory and history, taught through a variety of lectures, seminars and workshops
-Access to the University’s special collections, ensuring a truly hands-on experience
-Close to resources, including historic libraries in Oxford and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London


Sample modules:
-Book design: practice (design projects)
-Book design: core (seminars and essays)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.


Our graduates have an excellent employment record. Many take up positions in type design studios, with publishers and general design studios, and wayfinding and information design studios. Others develop their own businesses, or take up managerial roles in creative firms. Employers include Apple, Monotype, Microsoft Typography, Victoria & Albert Museum, Oxford University Press, Financial Times and Nokia.

Visit the Book Design - MA page on the University of Reading website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lozana Rossenova

Working on a variety of practice-based projects has been invaluable, and the research, reading and writing helped me to develop and sharpen my analytical skills. I have been able to apply all of this to my current work on a challenging digital project for one of the world’s largest publishers of art books.


Entry Requirements

At least 2:1 honours (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a design or design-relevant subject or, for exceptional candidates without such a degree, convincing evidence of relevant professional experience. Applicants will be asked to provide a portfolio and an example of academic writing as part of the application process. IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).

Last Updated

11 January 2017

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