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About Graphic Design Theory and Practice at Nottingham Trent University

This course allows you to develop your professional and educational profile, alongside employment or other commitments. With a similar curriculum to our full-time MA Graphic Design this part-time course is delivered in a more flexible way, in order to suit your individual needs. You can study a range of specialist topics including illustration, branding and identity, digital interactive media or animation. You'll choose to develop your own practical project, or write a dissertation.

Key features

  • Have the support and flexibility to study a Masters course around your existing commitments, including employment
  • Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations.
  • Choose to develop a practical project, or research and write a dissertation.
  • Have the opportunity to study across the broad subject of Graphic Design, choosing specialist topics such as illustration, branding and digital interactive media.
  • Be allocated a personal supervisor, who will provide continuity throughout the development of your work.
  • Take part in group tutorials and development workshops at the University.
  • Work with other part-time students on the course in online study groups.
  • Opt for an additional advanced research module if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.

How you're taught

This course is flexible, allowing you to study alongside other commitments, however there are a few mandatory timetabled sessions which will enable you to benefit from sharing your learning with others. Teaching and learning methods include:

  • seminars;
  • presentations;
  • group and individual tutorials;
  • lectures from visiting professionals;
  • technical inductions (depending on your Project Proposal);
  • online chat room sessions; and
  • self-directed research.


Assessment is 100% by coursework. If you choose the coursework pathway it will include:

  • a portfolio of work including research and development;
  • Project Proposal;
  • Professional Journal; and
  • a verbal and visual presentation of project outcomes.

If you choose the dissertation pathway it will include:

  • a Masters dissertation Project Proposal;
  • a fully annotated and referenced draft dissertation;
  • 15,000 word illustrated dissertation; and
  • a verbal and visual presentation, to include one exhibition piece, around the theme of your final dissertation.

Careers and employability

This course will equip you with strong creative and problem solving skills. Our graduates become valuable members of professional teams working together on a range of visual communication projects, involving all kinds of cross-discipline

Recent graduates have:

  • set up their own businesses, in the UK and abroad;
  • progressed to further study at PhD level;
  • found work within related careers in the design sector; and
  • returned to their previous occupations with a new focus.

Others have found careers in digital and printed media for advertising, branding, marketing and promotion, and a diverse range of publications.

Professional practice

We will support and encourage you to undertake short internships and studio visits to engage with industry. You may also enter industry competitions or take on live projects.

You'll benefit from talks given by visiting professionals, which will cover a wide range of creative and professional practice. You'll have the opportunity to learn entrepreneurship skills through business development courses (such as The Hive's HeadStart programme), and attend events held by industry experts and organisations.

You will keep a Professional Journal, which you will develop throughout the course to become an in-depth examination of current professional theory and practice in your specialist subject area. You will also attend work-related learning sessions
on topics such as self-promotion and marketing, interviews and CV and portfolio building.

YouFirst – working with our Employability Team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.

Get inspired

Take a look at a recent zine produced by our graduating Masters students to get a flavour of the innovation and creativity that goes on within the School of Art & Design.


You'll be based in the Bonington building, a dedicated centre for Art and Design. Facilities and equipment include:

  • a postgraduate studio, where you'll have space to work alongside other practice-based Art and Design students;
  • Mac suites equipped with software including Adobe Creative Suite, CINEMA 4D, and Final Cut Pro; and
  • studios dedicated to print, interactive media and moving image.

You will also have access to the School of Art & Design's resources, which include camera stores, photographic studios, screen printing, laser cutting and 3D printing.

Study options for this course

Entry requirements

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Other requirements:

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally. Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university don't usually have to meet this requirement.

Pre-masters courses

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can do a pre-masters course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

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