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Typeface Design (MA)

Course Description

The MA Typeface Design was the first MA course in the field, and for a long time, the only one operating in a research-intensive university.

In this course, typeface design is not just an area of practice, isolated from its context, but a fundamentally interdisciplinary field. You will develop design skills in conjunction with historical, cultural and technical understanding. You engage with multi-script typography and the tension between tradition and modernity in global scripts. Our students contribute to research in the field, and explore design originality that is relevant to readers and responsive to changing conditions of document-making and sharing.

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

Modules include:

• Principles and Applications
• Practice and Reflection on Practice
• Dissertation
• Engaging with Contexts
• Font Development.

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 & 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 Typeface 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 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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