MA Visual Communication: Graphic Design is an intensive studio-based programme that combines creative and professional development. Offering opportunities for internships with industry partners including Hearst Magazines UK, the course is focused on developing the industry-ready skills, digital confidence and creative expertise for careers in graphic communication design and related fields today.
During the intensive 12-month programme based in our central Cambridge studios, you will advance a specialist knowledge of your chosen area of communication design, and be encouraged to explore new methods, digital platforms and technologies that help develop an original approach and take your work in exciting new directions. As well as refining your knowledge of fundamental principles and the traditional print and screen-based skills necessary for future careers in commercial work, you will be supported to explore the expanded field of contemporary graphic design, including motion graphics, digital and interactive design, UX/UI, information design, and user-centred approaches.
This programme offers outstanding specialist tuition combined with extensive academic contact and studio access. As a Master’s student you benefit from:
- Exclusive access to media and industry expertise, workshops and internships through our partners including our design partner Hearst Magazines UK, publisher of titles including Digital Spy, Esquire and Elle Decoration.
- Expert tuition from industry-active professional graphic designers, branding experts, animators and illustrators with a passion for teaching.
- Intensive learning experience tailored to your needs and ambitions, with high level of personalised support and 1:1 tutorial time.
- Opportunities for work placements or industry mentoring as part of the course.
- A postgraduate qualification you need to stand out, and get ahead.
- Collaborating with a creative, inter-disciplinary and global postgraduate community.
- Your own iMac and studio work space, open every day of the week.
- Access to regular Life Drawing in our dedicated drawing studio.
- A small, supportive and specialist creative arts college in a beautiful, historic and cultural city—a creative hotspot and home to one of the UK’s most dynamic and international student communities.
This course is awarded by Falmouth University.
What to Expect
In your first semester you will be set a series of briefs designed to stimulate your creativity and help you develop the ingenuity and resilience that professional creative practice requires. You will begin to outline a self-directed project proposal, which will ultimately develop into your Independent Major Project.
You will continue to develop your own creative practice, whilst addressing how artists and designers need to be engaged in forging the future of their respective fields. You will be given a chance to explore your ideas with students on other MA courses, and will also have the opportunity of a work placement.
During this semester, all your attentions turn to the research, development and production of your Independent Major Project. The year ends with an exhibition showcase of your projects, celebrating the end of an intensive period of creative, conceptual, critical and professional development.
1 year (3 semesters)
Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Video Editor, Photojournalist, Art and Design Director, Communications Manager, App designer.
Specialist tutor support available 5 days a week.
Students have access to our studios 7 days a week, from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at weekends.
How your Work is Assessed
Visual and written assignments and projects.
Visiting Lecturers, drawn from a variety of relevant industry contexts, will deliver a series of presentations which help you to situate your own hopes and ambitions for the future.
How we Teach
Throughout this course students will be taught through specialist workshops, guest lecturers, conceptual briefings, group critiques, regular one-to-ones and group tutorials.
Previous students have gone on to work in such places as Esquire Magazine, Vivienne Westwood and Fashion Crossover.
20 years +
Successful completion of an Undergraduate Degree in an art & design or related subject or professional relevant experience. Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed.
IELTS 6.5+ (no element under 5.5)
Portfolio & Personal Statement
Portfolio and personal statement required
Please submit a short statement (300-400 words), telling us about yourself, your previous experience and your approach to creative practice. Please include:
- Reasons for applying to our MA course.
- Experience and skills. What were you doing before?
- Your approach to art/design practice. What inspires, informs and influences what you do—and why?
- Your goals. What do you hope to get out of the MA?
- Your long-term ambitions. How do you think postgraduate study will help you develop a career in the creative industries?
Resources & Facilities
All students on our MA programmes have access to a wide range of resources to support their studies and the hybrid nature of contemporary practice across art and design including:
- Industry-standard software including Adobe Creative Cloud, Maxon Cinema 4D.
- Photography studios and access to wet darkroom.
- Digital Media Suite and technical support.
- Wood, Metal and Ceramics 3D workshops and technical support.
- Prototype Lab (including 3D printer and laser-cutter).
- Drawing studio.
- Industrial sewing machines and technical support from garment technician.
- Gerber technology.
- Academic Skills Advisor (available for group and 1:1 tutorials).
In addition to facilities and expertise offered at CSVPA, students have been supported to collaborate with technology experts in Cambridge including engineers at University of Cambridge, Cambridge Makespace, as well as local digital printing industries.
For more information about the course download the programme specification