MA Graphic Communication

Our MA Graphic Communication is an ideal opportunity to develop your skills and interests by exploring the creative issues and technical aspects of graphic design today.

For designers working in industry, it offers a platform for career development by revising, developing and updating your skills.

The practical element of this graphic design masters is strengthened by an enhanced critical understanding of contemporary professional design debates, issues and trends, plus a greater understanding of research methodologies and how to apply them effectively.

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Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
Part-time 2 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
Part-time 2 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

The MA Graphic Communication includes the following modules:

  • Graphic Communication Masters Project
  • Graphic Communication Priniciples
  • Graphic Communication Applications
  • Professional Design Practice
  • Research and Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Graphic Communication Final Major Project

 

Visiting speakers from industry also regularly come in to take guest lectures in specialist areas such as UX (user Experience and UI (User Interface).

Teaching

We pride ourselves on providing a creative, friendly and professional environment. 

Studio and workshop tutorials are supplemented by lectures, seminars, integrated case-study analysis, discussion groups and multimedia presentations.

Staff are active in research and/or consultancy, and are often joined by a range of visiting designers and practitioners.

Facilities

Our well-equipped studios include state-of-the art Macintosh computers and PC facilities with industry-standard software packages.

Lecturers

A good Honours degree in a relevant discipline, or an appropriate professional qualification, or HND/HNC and appropriate experience. UK applicants will be interviewed with their portfolio. Part-time students are usually required to be practising professionals.

Equivalent accredited international qualifications are acceptable. International students need to supply a CD or DVD of their work, or a link to their personal website, to evidence their ability. Commitment to study will be considered. Where possible, video-conferencing, Skype or other communication will be used to contact you.

International Entry Requirements:

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English requirements

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2019 – July 2020 Fees: USW will be offering a package of financial support for postgraduate study and this will be announced shortly.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13400 

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

During the graphics masters, you will develop the practical, analytical, technological and problem-solving skills needed to meet the complex and changing role of the graphic designer.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.

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