This course explores the fascinating relationship between design-led practice, industry engagement and critical analysis.  

You will build a body of self-directed work informed by contemporary graphic design practice and emerging debates within the field of design. Driven by problem analysis, critical debate and design innovation you will develop briefs, engage with an audience and work collaboratively. Your investigation will explore the relationship between visual and contextual research, investigating the social, political and ethical contexts of your work.

You will be supported by a team with diverse research and practical interests within graphic design and visual culture, working closely with visiting industry professionals. You will source live briefs, work with clients and apply your contextual and industry informed knowledge and understanding to question why graphic design needs to exist and who is the audience - the focus is on becoming a problem seeker not just a problem solver.


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Please apply direct to the University for our MA Graphic Design course using the links below.

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If you need any assistance completing the form please contact the Admissions team at admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk.

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Specialist Resources

Our digital print resource enables professional-standard, large-format digital printing and print finishing. We have large format (up to A0) printers which are capable of printing over a metre wide. Our vinyl cutter enables designs to be cut from many types of vinyl and plastic. Postgraduate students are able to book into the resource areas by arrangement.

Course Specification

When You'll Study

The course is flexible and is designed to meet the needs of a variety of artists and designers.

The academic year runs from September to August and the course gives you many study options.

Entry Requirements

At enrolment you should normally have achieved:

  • An undergraduate UK honours degree or international equivalent in a subject related to your proposed course of study or;
  • A degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma /professional qualification

You will also need:

  • one reference to support your application from an academic or a creative practitioner
  • a personal statement outlining your intentions for postgraduate study

Applicants who hold a degree from another discipline or have experiential learning in lieu of a degree that can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills may also be considered for entry using our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

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Fees, Funding and Other Costs

Tuition Fees

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Discounts are available to graduates of BA (Hons) or the Access to HE Diploma courses at Leeds Arts University directly progressing to a postgraduate course at the University. Visit our Postgraduate Finance page for more information.

Postgraduate loans are available for all taught and research Masters courses in all subjects for students who meet the funding criteria. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living costs and other study expenses as you see fit. Find out more at www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study.

Other Costs

The other costs that need to be considered are those associated with the production of work. An MA Graphic Design student must consider the costs of materials, production (including printing costs, creating a portfolio and exhibition costings etc.), processing services and specialist equipment and visits - a suggested sum of £250 to £350, however some students may spend less or more depending on their actual project.

Leeds Arts University Postgraduate Scholarships

Home Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Scholarship

A scholarship of £2,000 will be awarded to one home student for one year. The scholarship will be awarded by a panel of staff and comprises of a reduction in tuition fees for the year.

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Studio Space Scholarship

The University recognises the challenges that graduates face in finding appropriate studio space in the first few years of their career.  The studio space scholarship will provide suitable working studio space for one home student for the period of their studies.

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International Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Scholarship

Five £3,000 scholarships are available as a tuition fee reduction.

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Terms & Conditions and Key Information

Open Days

We understand deciding to continue your studies to postgraduate level is a significant step in your academic and career development. We aim to give you all the information you need to make the right choice.

How to book

If you are interested in attending an open day for our MA Graphic Design, you can find out more and book your place on our Postgraduate Open Days page.

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“I am excited by the prospect of finding new problems to solve. I like that idea that in graphic design there are only good problems.”
Amber Smith
MA Graphic Design