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Graphic Design MDes

What is Graphic Design MDes?

Explore conceptual and theoretical issues in a stimulating and creative environment. This MDes Graphic Design course gives you the opportunity to extend your portfolio and move your creative work into new spaces and career directions.

You’ll be challenged to build upon your communication and design research skills and apply these to successful problem-solving at a master’s level. You’ll explore contemporary issues in graphic design whilst gaining insights into global trends and dialogues in design by crossing genres and disciplines.

We have recently developed a partnership with Cheltenham Borough Council’s climate emergency team, students work on live briefs that support the research and communication of the projects. Past students work, including animated film ‘Whale Carbon’, have been showcased at Planted’s Green Grads exhibition during the 2021 London Design Festival.

If you’re an undergraduate wanting to progress your studies or a professional designer looking to enhance your career outside of the daily routine our approach to spatial, visual, kinaesthetic and active learning will help develop your approach to design and the world around you.

Study style

You’ll learn through practical experience, with staff and industry professionals, work with design thinking theory in supporting lectures and workshops. Explore design management scenarios, global trends, ethics, gender and sustainability. You’ll be working through a range of project and research-based assignments with a professional focus on your future career aspirations.

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Entry requirements

    • You should hold at least a  2.2 Bachelors degree with honours.

    • You will be required to attend an interview. Please refer to our interview guide for further information.

    • A portfolio of work is essential

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in writing and in any other band) or equivalent.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location Course code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Sep 2023 Park, Cheltenham £7,500 £15,900
Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Creative Director
  • Creative Strategist
  • Design Consultant
  • Design Strategist
  • Educator
  • Research Consultant
  • PhD Researcher.

National and international links

Make use of our close links to local, national and international design agencies and academic institutions, including companies such as Superdry, Asha, Third Floor, SLG, Cult LDN, Bulletproof & Goodby, and Silverstein & Partners.

You'll be taught by the experts

Be taught by staff with an excellent reputation in the design industry and in education, and learn from industry guest speakers.

Shared course structure

By offering the chance to study for an MA or MDes within the same course structure, we give our students the flexibility to follow either an academic or professional route. However, they still work together as part of a single, shared creative community.

Endless possibilities with a master’s degree

Increase your pay potential, specialise in the subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG students can benefit from an alumni discount. Receive 20% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees as a 2021 UoG graduate.

Discover your next step.


As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

"I love that the course involves collaborative projects where you work with fellow students"

“I studied Fine Art for my first degree at the University of Gloucestershire and I chose to continue my education here because I was familiar with the campus and the University’s teaching practices. Another great thing about this course is that you can tailor it to suit your needs career-wise. It has been designed in such a way that each student can use the individual modules to create portfolio and research based work that is targeted towards their intended career path.”

Bethany Harper, Graphic Design student

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