Kingston University London - Graphic Design MA

Kingston University London

Graphic Design MA

The course is taught by design practitioners and researchers, and enriched by national and international visiting tutors from a range of creative industries in an expanded mode of design. You will explore the role of graphic design as a tool through which to critically investigate current issues and contemporary visual culture, society, politics, identity, information, education, and technology. Your position as a designer will also be explored through design practice and theory.

You will develop your practice with specialist support through adaptable ‘Platform' groups such as Socially-Engaged Design, Visual Identity and Branding, Language and Publishing, and Interactive Design. These groups provide a lens through which to respond to briefs in each module, and develop your research methods and practice through an Expanded Research Project.

You will be taught by a team of experienced design practitioners, educators, and published researchers. You will visit professional design studios and hear from inter/national guest speakers from the industry, work on live projects, on competitions, and participate in workshops.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Your research will be informed by critical thinking, experimental formats and technologies, speculative design, and public exhibitions.
  • You will collaborate with students from other design-based MA courses, benefitting from interdisciplinary methods and ways of working.
  • You will visit studios, work on live projects with local communities and take part in competitions.
  • You can explore your interests and develop your practice within graphic design and contemporary visual communication.
  • You will develop your practice through four platforms: Interactive Image, Graphic Identity and Experience, Social Design Activism, and Letter Forms.

Entry Requirements

  • A 2:1 or above honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in graphic design or a related subject

  • IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5.

Career Prospects

Graduates go on to roles in companies such as Louis Vuitton, Vivo, BBH; China; and World Humanitarian Forum, London. The transferable skill set acquired on the course can lead to diverse opportunities such as:

  • project manager
  • event organiser
  • design curator
  • director
  • data visualiser
  • art director
  • typographer
  • copywriter
  • web/app designer

Course Details

Project work will challenge you to develop and enhance your existing ways of working. You will explore the importance of research in underpinning your practice and will be encouraged to build your own visual language and ‘tools' in response to set briefs within each module. In the final stage of the course, you will propose and develop your independent major project.

This specialist pathway is part of the School of Design's postgraduate programme. The structure – shared with other postgraduate students – enables you to explore your individual specialist interests in graphic design within an integrated learning environment that provides a comprehensive understanding of the value and role of interdisciplinary methods and ways of working.


Visual Grammar, Literacy and Intelligence
Designing Research
Visual Storytelling: Narrative and Sequence
Creative Futures
The Major Project

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