MA Graphic Design and Typography

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Discover how typographic communication can address the issues our society faces. Advance your visual practice in areas including concept development and textuality, and learn how to use them to change our world for the better.

Dennis Amoah

“Our course leader'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.”

Dennis Amoah

MA Graphic Design and Typography student

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Our MA Graphic Design and Typography is unique in its focus on building your graphic design practice and exploring and developing your role as visual designer and creative.

The course addresses issues including integration and diversity, behavioural change, community cohesion, and environmental challenges.

Whatever your background, you will advance your visual practice in areas that are important for design, such as concept development, communication and typographic design and textuality. You will combine this with extending your knowledge on the complexities of socio-environmental problems; insight into institutional and government structures; creative project development and management; design methods; and collaboration processes. This means you will gain the confidence to progress your career as graphic designer and have an active creative role in social and environmental change-making processes.

As a postgraduate student at ARU, you’ll have access to a dedicated base studio, along with specialist facilities such as film, photography and printmaking studios. You will receive training in creative software such as Adobe Cloud – and can access training in all our other art and creative industries facilities, too.

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Facilities and showcase

Industry-standard equipment

All our Graphic Design students have access to facilities including:

  • the full Adobe Creative suite
  • Apple iMacs
  • wide-format printers and scanners
  • camera lighting and sound recording kit

Our team of technical officers will be on hand to offer training and support.

Studios and workshops

As well as our dedicated digital facilities and design studios, you’ll have use of:

  • a printmaking workshop including etching, screen printing, lithography and relief presses, letterpress studios
  • 3D workshops with equipment for woodwork, plastics/vacuum forming, metalwork, plaster, clay, mould making, laser-cutting and 3D printing
  • a digital photography lab
  • photography studios and darkrooms
  • Mac and PC suites.

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Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.


Our Masters course will equip you for professional employment or self-employment in graphic design and design consultancy, as well as related fields like brand development, art-editorial design, publishing, typography/typesetting, advertising, media design, creative consultant, and creative practitioner in institutional and organisational Change Making teams.

It will also give you a basis for a teaching career, or to continue to a research degree, like our PhD Art and Design, PhD Graphic Design and Typography, or PhD Fine Art. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

As an ARU student, you can compete for funding to establish your own projects through The Big Pitch and the Andy Wilson bursary.

Nick Jeeves

"A meaningful arts education asks you to bring your own interests with you, and expects you to pursue them and discuss them in the context of the set projects. Each of my art school experiences was like that, and went on to inform my own teaching practice entirely."

Nick Jeeves

Course Leader, MA Graphic Design and Typography

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