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About the course

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

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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply.
If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

 Course Content

Where is Anglia Ruskin University ARU


Student Profile(s)

Dennis Amoah

Drawing and doodling is something I’ve always done and always enjoyed, so it didn't take me long to realise that graphic design was something I could pursue as a career. My eldest sister studied at ARU and because I’d heard good things about, I applied for BA (Hons) Graphic Design.

Before I’d even graduated I was offered an internship by advertising and marketing agency Honest Ideas, which was then extended. The final-year Degree Show is attended by lots of companies and I was approached by another studio at the private view.

I realised though that I wanted to grow as designer, and that I needed to specialise my practice - to give me that push into being a really good designer. This led me to the MA Graphic Design and Typography. It’s much more focused and a smaller group, and it’s great as we can bounce ideas off each other. It’s helped me find the method that works for me: I need to react as soon as possible so I can get that initial response, so now I always carry a notebook with me.

Our course leader Will's invitation to Type Thursday has been a good opportunity to network and gain a huge amount of feedback. My confidence as an individual and a designer has grown enormously.

I never imagined I'd stand in front of people instilling skills like typography and how to use Photoshop, but I’ve been teaching on ARU's Saturday Art & Design Club and running skills session for neaco – an educational outreach project in the East of England.

Good typography allows people to communicate more easily. Graphic design certainly helps me communicate, and I like helping others communicate. It’s been fascinating working with people in the younger age group – there are no rules and principles. They just go with what they think looks nice; it’s instinct, a first emotional response, form over function. But it’s important to find balance - emotional response and function. That’s the challenge as a designer.

I’m now working on my final project for the MA which is a variable typeface inspired by Manga. I’m working freelance, and building up my own client base, with a view to opening up my own design studio.


Our Alumni Scholarship is for students who have already completed an ARU degree course, and want to undertake further study – whether that’s a Masters degree or a research programme.

This scholarship is available to students starting a course in the 2019/20 academic year.

There are three levels of scholarship, ranging from £400 up to £2,000 in your first year of study.

£2,000 if you’re applying for a postgraduate taught degrees, and achieved a 2:1 or above in your previous study
£1,000 if you’re applying for a postgraduate taught degree, and achieved below a 2:1 in your previous study
£400 if you’re applying for a postgraduate research degree
This scholarship is a fee discount. We'll deduct it from the tuition fees in your first year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 for a pg taught degree with a 2:1 or above in your ug degree. £1,000 for a postgraduate taught degree with below 2:1 in your ug degree.


To be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship you must:

be starting a postgraduate taught or postgraduate research course at ARU. You can be studying full-time or part-time
be from the UK or EU. International students should refer to our International Alumni Scholarship
already hold a full undergraduate honours degree, Masters degree, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma from ARU. We include our predecessor institutions in this, and there is no time limit on when you completed your previous studies.

Application Procedure

There is no need to apply. You'll automatically receive our Alumni Scholarship if you meet the eligibility criteria.

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