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MA Graphic Design

Forge a solid creative identity

Course details


Two years


Online and part-time

Start dates

January, May and September

Next welcome week

16 September 2024

Next course start date

23 September 2024

Application deadline

6 September 2024

Total course fee


Course overview

In a noisy global landscape dominated by visual communication, forging a solid creative identity can be a major challenge for graphic designers. Our comprehensive, multi-disciplinary course will equip you with the ability to elevate your creative practice and so much more. With units focused on urgent global issues such as sustainability, inclusivity and human-centric design, you’ll embark on a transformative journey that empowers you to help people and the planet. 

Today’s business market is in high demand for graphic designers who can think laterally, apply critical thinking to their own practice, and engage meaningfully with the world around them. While day-to-day professional experience is invaluable, it takes outstanding academic teaching rigour, theoretical knowledge and contemporary research resources to raise your discipline to the next level. 

Our course seamlessly blends theory and practice centred around the three pillars of design: Design Strategy, Usability, and Creativity. Together with your peers, you’ll explore your discipline through critical debate, theoretical enquiry, and multi-modal practice.  

What is the graphic designer’s fundamental role in society? In what ways does culture and human behaviour influence (or get influenced by) the graphic designer’s work? How can graphic design be channeled to tackle contemporary social issues such as climate change, waste, inclusivity and accessibility? These are just the beginnings of what you will dive deep into with your cohort, as you broaden your career prospects and shape a better future for our world. 

Online MA Graphic Design course overview

Watch the course overview video to gain insight into who the course is for, what makes it stand out, what you will learn, and the advantages of studying with AUB.

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Course units

The units within this course have been designed to broaden your creative horizons and give you a global perspective of how graphic design fits into the bigger picture. Together with our academics, you’ll hone your craft as part of a virtual studio community, inform your practice with evidence-based neuroscience, and explore how design can be used to drive positive change.

"Central to our course is a focus on sustainability in design. Designers can foster innovation for societal change in materials, processes, and design thinking."

Stephanie Horan | Course Leader, MA Graphic Design

Entry requirements

We encourage applications from students with a broad range of qualifications and we welcome students from all educational backgrounds. We’ll take into account the knowledge and skills that you have developed outside the classroom, as well as your previous qualifications.

There are two different routes to entry: the standard  and non-standard  routes. Admissions staff will assess entries to determine which route is appropriate for you when you apply.

Students accepted on the standard route are given offers based on qualifications and supporting documentation alone. If you do not have a qualification at the designated level or in a subject not directly related to the course to which you are applying, you’ll be contacted to request a portfolio, and/or given an interview date.

Fees and funding

The fees that you pay AUB help provide the necessary services and training for you to complete your course. There are a number of different ways that you can pay for your tuition.

How to apply

Head to our online application form to apply directly to us. We encourage applications from students with a broad range of qualifications – we'll take into account the knowledge and skills that you've developed outside the classroom as well.

Careers in Graphic Design

As a graduate of this course, you’ll unlock a diverse range of varied, rewarding career options in the future. Innovative designers are in high demand at companies worldwide. With the knowledge you acquire at AUB, you’ll stand as someone who can help them meet their sustainability and inclusivity goals – and you'll be able to navigate these issues with confidence. 

The international network you’ll develop with your peers and tutors will also broaden your knowledge and help you get established as an in-house or freelance graphic designer. Whichever route you choose, your industry-ready skills will empower you to spearhead positive change in the world and drive companies toward success. 

Of course, establishing yourself as a graphic designer is just the tip of the iceberg – there are many areas in which you can apply your skills. Whether you’d like to bolster eco-conscious brands, advise businesses on sustainable practice, design eco-friendly packaging with recyclable materials, or branch out into inclusive web design, your dream job will be within reach. 

Here are just a few of the options you could pursue as an MA Graphic Design graduate: 

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Sustainable Design Consultant
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UX/UI Designer
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Director of Interaction or Experience Design
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Brand/Design Strategist
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Creative Director

You could also pursue opportunities in innovation strategy, UX research, and packaging design.

Video transcripts

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