ma graphic design

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.

Why study graphic design at Leeds Beckett University


  • Benefit from the school's close links to industry and creative businesses in the Yorkshire region, throughout the UK, and beyond
  • Your tutors have extensive experience of working as active practitioners, allowing you to gain from their industry knowledge and professional networks
  • Study within Leeds School of Arts - one of the largest university arts communities in the north, with 3000 students spread across over 40 courses and 170 years of inspiring, challenging and innovative practices
  • Take advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of the course and the school; gain access to a vast range of ideas, skills and facilities which will allow you to take your practice in whichever direction you want to
  • Leeds has a thriving creative sector; home to hundreds of innovative start-ups, agencies, design businesses and countless other opportunities for graphic design graduates

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Studying a degree at Leeds Beckett puts you in very good company – we have alumni in more than 140 countries around the world. 



Independent study is a crucial part of learning at university and you will be required to undertake many hours of self-directed research and reading, and preparation and writing of assessments. Your course is delivered through a number of modules, which will help you to plan your time and establish a study routine. Outside of your lectures, workshops and tutorials, a range of support is available to assist with your independent study. Our subject-specific librarians will be on hand to direct you to the specialist learning and study-skill resources. You’ll also be assigned an academic advisor to give you tailored feedback and support.

Our silver status in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework, reflects our commitment to deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.


  • Responsive studio practice
  • Research methods
  • Disruptive studio practice
  • Critical study
  • Independent studio practice

Graphic Design Develop your own approach to the study and practice of graphic design