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.
“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.”
MA Graphic Design and Typography studentRead more about Dennis's experiences
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.
Studying in our dedicated studios at Cambridge School of Art and at project locations, much of your work will be practice-based. You will take part in live projects, working with an external partner and students from related Masters degrees, as well as proposing and undertaking your own self-directed projects.
Throughout the course, you will collaborate and discuss your graphic design work with staff, external partners, visiting professionals and fellow students, giving you an invaluable opportunity to see how others respond to it. All our teaching team are practising designers, design researchers and artists, so you will hear about the latest news and issues in the industry, as well as getting access to sound careers advice.
At the end of the course you will use the skills you’ve developed to research and complete a final visual project relating to your own specialisms.
Join a graphic design course that attracts students from all over the world, and scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019. You’ll have access to language support and an International Merit Scholarship, as well as student offers such as free Lynda training and discounts on Adobe Cloud.
Entry requirements are not currently available, please try again later.
All our Graphic Design students have access to facilities including:
Our team of technical officers will be on hand to offer training and support.
As well as our dedicated digital facilities and design studios, you’ll have use of:
Our Creative Showcase shines a spotlight on what makes ARU creative and cultural – our spaces, places and people. Find out more about our community, the difference we make, the stories we tell, and the things that inspire us.
Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.
Course Leader, MA Graphic Design & Typography
Associate Lecturer, Graphic Design
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.
"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."
Course Leader, MA Graphic Design and TypographyFind out more about Course Leader Nick Jeeves
Do you have a question that we haven't answered so far? Talk to our application experts. You can also ask our Student Ambassadors about life at ARU.
We're here Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (please note we close at 3.30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for staff training), and Friday 9am-4.30pm.
Improve your employability, progress in your career, and take on an intellectual challenge with our flexible postgraduate degrees.Postgraduate study at ARU
Our friendly, bustling campus is a stone’s throw from the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.Explore Cambridge