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Information Design (MA)

Course Description

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to become a highly articulate designer on this course for both graduates and experienced designers.

We cultivate observation, analysis and user-centred design methods, as well as typographic craftsmanship, and are are concerned with how design can support people's understanding and ability to make informed decisions. Practical projects cover complex documents for paper or screen (such as forms, instructions, timetables and handbooks), information architecture for digital media, wayfinding systems for the built or outdoor environment, and information graphics. You will also develop your knowledge and intellectual abilities through lectures, seminars, directed reading, essay writing and a final dissertation.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/graphic-design-pg/ma-information-design.aspx

Modules include:

• Practice of Information Design
• Core Module
• Dissertation.

What career can you have?

We have an excellent track record of our graduates finding relevant employment at an appropriate level. Our graduates take up positions in type design studios, with publishers and general design studios; many develop their own businesses. Major companies employing our graduates include Monotype Imaging, Microsoft Typography, Victoria and Albert Museum, Oxford University Press, Financial Times and Nokia.


Study within a department that has an international reputation for the scope and quality of its research and teaching.

Our courses draw upon our academic and professional expertise providing a range from more practical skills-based activity to preparation for MPhil or PhD study.

We have developed unique courses which provide grounding in principles and methods of design practice in various areas. Our links with industry enable us to draw on additional knowledge and experience and maintain a current perspective.

We draw on methods from a range of disciplines across the arts, humanities and social sciences and so have a wide-ranging, multi- and interdisciplinary approach to our subject. Our relatively small size provides you with a supportive and collegiate environment and a rich ground work for developing ideas and receiving feedback on work.

We have informal and formal links with design institutions all over the world. These include the Rare Book School in Lyon, the Information Design Association, International Institute for Information Design, Sign Design Society, Printing Historical Society, Monotype Imaging, the Newberry Library, Victoria & Albert Museum and St Bride Library. We also have outstanding collections relating to typography and graphic communication.

Visit the Information Design (MA) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

At least 2:1 honours, or equivalent, in a design or design-relevant subject or, for exceptional candidates without such a degree, convincing evidence of relevant professional experience. Applicants will also be asked to provide a portfolio and an example of academic writing as part of the application process. You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

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