Falmouth University’s Master’s in Graphic Design.
Falmouth University is the only UK higher education institution to offer a fully online MA in Graphic Design. This program offers exceptional scope for your creativity, with the opportunity to work within your chosen field of interest from day one.
The practical focus of this course is on working on digital and analog projects while also being encouraged to engage in independent research into subjects of your choice and cultural practice. The program is also completely flexible so that you can fit it around your other commitments.
Courses designed specifically for you
The course allows students to specialize in a major area of interest and introduces them to research skills and techniques in their chosen field. Each student chooses their key area of interest, which is developed through 'mini-projects,' allowing for individual choice in approach and methodology. A series of learning materials (texts, studio notes, software manuals, project ideas) are provided to support your studies and help you gain the practical skills needed for the industry.
Flexible online learning
The course is fully online and available from anywhere in the world at any time. Everything you need to make the most of the program is provided online through a bespoke-designed student e-learning platform. As well as a full program of study, the e-learning platform allows you to share work with your tutor and fellow students, participate in lectures, discussions, and other events, and access resources.
The program runs for two years, and you have the option to complete it in less time if you choose. It can be taken as a full-time or part-time study.
A degree from Falmouth University
Falmouth University is an internationally respected institution with a strong research ethos and a staff of internationally recognized and award-winning designers. The institution's work has been exhibited in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Industrial Design Centre in New York. The University has also won many design awards, including prestigious D&AD Gold, Black Pencil, and Yellow Pencil awards. Its environment at Falmouth is one of innovation and creativity, producing graduates highly sought after by employers worldwide.
Falmouth University has partnerships with industry professionals who provide valuable insight into the working world of graphic designers. Graduates of the MA have gone on to work in some of the most creative design agencies in London and beyond. The course has also allowed students to establish businesses or embark on PhD courses.
Course name: MA Graphic Design at Falmouth University
Location: Falmouth, England, United Kingdom or online
Types of teaching: Lectures, Projects, and Self-study.
Subject area(s): Graphic design.
Entry requirements: There are no formal entry requirements for this course. It is designed to be flexible, and students will already have a good working knowledge of graphic design practice before starting the course.
Exam regulations: No exams are taken in this program.
Designed by you and for you
You design the course, and all sessions are online through an easy-to-navigate student learning platform. Students work through the program of study, which considers their specific goals and interests. They are encouraged to explore their interests and to take time to reflect on what they have achieved and what they have learned along the way.
The program concentrates around four aspects:
This is based on the work of a range of designers and theorists who have influenced the development of graphic design practice. Students are encouraged to think about these issues for themselves and look at how others have addressed them. The theory element of the program is complemented by weekly tasks and exercises for students to engage in as they work through the program.
- Analogue practices
Students will be encouraged to develop their analog practice and work on digital projects. Students may choose a wide range of complementary creative mediums – painting, printmaking, photography, wood-engraving, letter-press printing, screen printing, and so on – that allows for a more hands-on approach to the subject.
- Research project.
Working within their chosen field of interest, students will develop a research-based project spanning several weeks. Students consider their work's ethical and moral aspects and are encouraged to engage with the theoretical issues raised by their research topic.
- Digital projects
The final part of the course focuses on digital practice, with students working on projects in areas such as identities, publications, typography, posters, and web design.
Who are the University students?
Falmouth’s students come from all over the world, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. Students will study with people who have aspired to a higher level of study in their chosen field of interest and are keen to share that passion with others. The alumni include designers from the world's leading design agencies who have gone on to achieve great things and several students who have established their own successful graphic design businesses.
It is an online course and requires students to dedicate time outside of the classroom in addition to regular course activities. The course consists of four modules containing weekly tasks, activities, and self-assessment questions (SAQs). Students will undertake a series of practical or project-based assignments during each SAQ. The SAQs are intended to provide students with a flexible but structured way of testing their knowledge of the material covered in each module and to provide them with opportunities to review their progress at regular points during the course.
Each module is supplemented by materials and teaching methods designed specifically for this program; students will have access to an extensive range of design books, magazines, and publications, which they can use in their project planning. Throughout the program, students have access to dedicated, experienced teaching staff and tutors who are on hand to offer advice and support. The course is supported by a professional learning community (PLC). The PLC helps students develop the skills to continue their professional development after graduation.
The course is assessed entirely through practical work. There are no examinations or formal written assignments. Instead, students create a series of projects and finish their studies with an exhibition of their work. The assessment process is designed to guide and support your learning at a pace that suits you. It involves:
- Practical or project-based assignments (assessed by the lecturer via submission of a portfolio of evidence) throughout the course, including a final Major Project.
- SAQs (assessed by the lecturer via submission of a portfolio of evidence) throughout the course.
- An exhibition of your work at the end of the program – this will be held in Falmouth at a suitable venue, usually with a little notice to allow students to prepare their portfolio for display.
After you have submitted your application, you are subject to the University standard application process. The process involves an informal assessment from one or more members of its admissions team. You may be invited for an interview based on this and your referees' reports. If you meet the entry requirements and are subsequently offered a place, a £250 deposit is payable to secure your position. Please note that this is non-refundable should you not gain a place at Falmouth University.