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Full time January, September MA 1 year (45 weeks)

About the course

Our MA Graphic Design course is designed to create accomplished designers and thinkers, whose practice is shaped by innovation in a discipline that is at the forefront of global communication.

Central to the course is an intensive practice-led enquiry, which will take the shape of a major project that you will create. Through visual exploration, contextual research and reflection, you will gain a deeper understanding of this exciting discipline.

At the start of the course you’ll work on short projects which are aimed at challenging conventions and giving you the intellectual grounding that you need for your MA project. You’ll then focus on a subject of your choice and through research, development and testing, create a bespoke design project which truly represents your own specific

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Entry Requirements

2.2 honours degree in a related subject.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

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Course Content

Where is Nottingham Trent University

Student Profile(s)

Sam Plane

“I chose to study my MA at NTU as I had such a great experience studying at NTU as an undergraduate and wanted another year to really refine what I had learnt. The staff are friendly and there is a great community vibe throughout the University. In addition, all of the facilities are brand new and open to anyone.

“The course staff are always on hand to help and are very supportive. They provide insightful and constructive criticism – this informs your progress and development massively. If you’re not sure about how to do something or where to get it done, they’re always happy to point you in the right direction or give you a hand.

“I’ve found that the MA Visual Communication courses give you a great opportunity to explore your interests in more detail. I’m focused heavily on user experience and digital design, so I’ve been able to spend a year focusing on my research and technical skills. The course is built entirely around you and what you want out of it.

"Apart from the project work there are also opportunities to present your outcomes and progress, network with professionals from within industry and undertake internships. I believe that these extra-curricular aspects of the course are just as vital in securing you that edge. All of the MA Visual Communication courses are taught together, this allows you to see what everyone’s up to and exposes you to new ideas that you may not have thought of.

“There are so many facilities available to you! There are plenty of Macs available to students as well as more hands-on facilities like screen-printing. Chances are, if there is something you want to try then it will be available.

“I think that the course has improved my confidence drastically and I feel well prepared to make the next step into my career as a result. Everything I have learned through my undergraduate studies has been refined massively and I've developed new skills that previously I hadn't had the time to. All of this combined, I think, gives you an edge over candidates without an MA.”

Ming-Shan (Aria) Wang

“I enjoy my course as there are many resources and techniques that we can use, such as risograph printing, screen printing, and debossing and embossing. I rarely saw these techniques used when I was doing my Bachelors degree in Taiwan. Our studio is really nice and fully equipped with Macs and nice printers. We can easily buy art utensils in the School’s art shop, and print magazines in NTU’s print shop. I also love the teaching methods as they are mostly workshops.

“Creative thinking is formed by one’s experiences and communication with others, and you can’t jump straight ahead to the solution. Instead, you should think outside the box to explore more and get inspired. With the new techniques I’ve learned from my workshops, I’ve made some great progress. Also, I have learned how to push the boundaries of visual design, through trial and experimentation, and testing it on audiences.

“I think Nottingham is a great place to study, as the city isn’t too big or too small. You can find everything you need here. The weather here is pleasing, mostly sunny. There are also some fantastic oriental restaurants downtown, with reasonable prices and great quality of food.

“The course will definitely help me a lot in my future career. I came here straight after I graduated from my BA degree. I now have some work and internship experiences that I can combine with my study here at NTU.”

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