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Graphic Design
Postgraduate course
MA

Graphic Design

International Scholarships available

Overview

This is a new course that is being designed to help us offer you the best educational experience. The course modules listed below are indicative of what you will study - they are currently being developed ready for the final content to be confirmed. These will be confirmed in the course specification made available to new applicants from January 2019.

Develop your creative practice within the fields of contemporary graphic and communication design. This course will encourage you to challenge the established conventions of the creative, communicative disciplines to enhance your own ideas and concepts.

You will examine this field of study by integrating theory and practice. Each module will give you the opportunity to explore research-led practice at an advanced level. The Independence Project module will allow you to focus on your area of specialism, helping you to develop your problem-solving skills.

You will investigate a range of concerns through a variety of practices, methodologies and media. You will also explore the relationship between traditional forms of communication and the emerging, evolving digital practices employed by contemporary practitioners in the field.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to share and develop ideas by working alongside artists and designers from this course and from other creative disciplines within the School of Art, Architecture & Design.

The course draws upon expertise within a dynamic team of staff and practitioners. The academic and learning support teams have a wealth of professional and educational experience. This diverse knowledge supports the breadth of possible practices within the field of graphic and communication design, including design for print and screen, experiential design, digital/interactive practices, advertising, typographic communication, photography, moving image and animation.

As well as learning from expert staff, we also welcome visiting design professionals to our Inside Out guest lecture series, offering further opportunities for you to discover insights into industry.

You will have access to the studios and workshops of the award-winning Broadcasting Place building, equipped with everything from the latest Macs and software to letterpress and printmaking workshops, photographic darkrooms, a digital print unit, animation workspaces and 3D construction facilities.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Masters loan available
  • Part-time study available
  • Real-life projects
  • Specialist facilities
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Art or Design, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All suitable candidates who meet the entry requirements will be required to submit a portfolio of creative work related to the cognate areas listed above, and may be required to attend an interview. Your portfolio should include examples from your previous education, professional experience, or personal work. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Art or Design, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All suitable candidates who meet the entry requirements will be required to submit a portfolio of creative work related to the cognate areas listed above, and may be required to attend an interview. Your portfolio should include examples from your previous education, professional experience, or personal work. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Graphic Design

Careers

Teaching and learning

This is a new course that is being designed to help us offer you the best educational experience. The course modules listed below are indicative of what you will study - they are currently being developed ready for the final content to be confirmed. These will be confirmed in the course specification made available to new applicants from January 2019.
7.1 Responsive Studio Practice

7.2 Research Methods

7.3 Disruptive Studio Practice

7.4 Critical Study

7.5 Independent Studio Practice

Leeds Beckett University
Justin Burns
Head of Subject
Justin is an art and design academic and graphic designer with more than 20 years’ multidisciplinary practice experience. His portfolio includes national and international projects commissioned by cultural arts organisations, tourism bodies, local authorities and individuals. He is a committee member of the Graphic Design Educators’ Network, working for the advancement of education in graphic design. His current research focuses on the role and identity of typographic communication within British seaside towns, exploring the cultural identity of the resorts analysed and how graphic design can assist in sustaining a viable economy and play an integral part in regeneration.
The course aims to advance innovative agility, to ensure our students are prepared to navigate the evolving and expanding graphic design industry. It is important our graduates establish their own creative voices, informed by their own opinions, intentions and ambitions.
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Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show

Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed. See further information on financing your studies.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Facilities

  • Design Studios
    Design Studios

    Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing students to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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