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Graphic Design (Online) (MA)

Course Description

About the course

- On the MA Graphic Design degree will develop your professional skills as a graphic designer.

- You will work with design professionals of international standing.

- This Master's degree gives you the opportunity to work in professional and industrial contexts.

- See examples of work and course news on the MA Illustration Blog

- This award is delviered entirely via distance learning.

- For more information about online study please visit the UH Online webpages (http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/schools-of-study/uh-online )

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/ma-graphic-design-online

Why choose this course?

MA Graphic Design is a Master's award within the MA Art and Design programme at the School of Creative Arts. Within the programme there is strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of art and design. You will develop key research skills and gain a good understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field.

The aim of the postgraduate programme is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to practice at an advanced level, to foster your creativity and enhance your employment opportunities. Senior research staff and internationally renowned practitioners work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work.

The MA Graphic Design degree is designed to develop your imaginative, creative and technical potential as a graphic desinger. It provides an opportunity for you to examine a range of media in the fields of graphic design, including the role of image-making in new and traditional media, and graphic designer's relationships with fine art and digital media.

This masters degree gives you an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the use of narrative storytelling and its relationship to graphic design, as well as illustrative conventions in children's and adult literature, comics and other media. We encourage you to develop the entrepreneurial and commercial skills necessary to help develop your work to its full potential and to equip you with the practical and intellectual skills to thrive as a practicing artist. Through working alongside artists and designers on other postgraduate courses you will explore the possibilities for the graphic designer of today, questioning conventions and refining the direction of your practice.

Our staff are experienced in research and professional practice, and you will also benefit from contributions from visiting designers and professionals, as well as from involvement with our international exhibitions programme.


Particular emphasis is given to providing you with the skills necessary to further your career as a graphic designer. The course is designed to help you understand and work within the contemporary industrial environment and particular attention is given to helping you acquire entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching methods

This course is designed to help you develop your practice and give you the skills recovery to further your career in industry both in the UK and abroad. The course includes practice based modules where you will explore and develop your work as a graphic designer. It also contains course or research skills, entrepreneurialism and professional practice. The final part of the course enables you to complete a major project.

Content is delivered entirely online, through video lectures, online presentations, text and image resources, Skype tutorials and email. Students have one-to-one support from the course leader and from a specialist tutor. Students share their work with their peers in online galleries, where they can receive critique from staff and students. There is no requirement to attend lectures on campus, and coursework is submitted electronically via our Virtual Learning Environment, Studynet.

Visit the Graphic Design (Online) (MA) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) in a field relevant to the award you want to study. If you do not have a degree, you will need to show you have appropriate professional experience and skills to benefit from the course. We may also be able to take into account accredited prior learning (APL) or accredited prior experiential learning (APEL). If your degree is in a different field, you will need appropriate knowledge, skills or experience in the field you wish to study, or be able to show that you are prepared for intensive new learning.

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