Graphic Design and Visualisation MA

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
1 year
2 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:



in the UK for Art and Design

The Complete University Guide 2018


Our Graphic Design and Visualisation MA aims to develop a specialist approach to graphic design and visualisation through combining traditional and contemporary approaches in the field.

You will be taught in a progressive, research-intensive environment, and will gain a first-hand understanding of the relationship between design and research by working alongside research and academic staff.

You will be given opportunities to develop a personalised visual language through visual thinking combined with traditional and contemporary media. Theory and practice are intertwined as you express your ideas through the production of written assignments and artefacts that are aligned with your specialist area of interest.

You will have full access to a range of outstanding learning and teaching facilities, including newly refurbished study areas, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a theatre, music rooms and a variety of offices for seminars and small group activities. These inspiring spaces will enable you to explore numerous creative possibilities and produce work of an industry standard.

What makes this programme different?

  • Newly refurbished study areas and state-of-the-art equipment
  • Explore numerous creative possibilities
  • Produce work of an industry standard

Who should study this programme?

If you’re looking to develop knowledge and understanding of graphic design and visualisation to an advanced degree level, then our MA in Graphic Design and Visualisation is perfect. It will help you to cultivate a process of conceiving, planning and making work using a range of visualisation skills.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in an art and design discipline or closely related subject.

A project proposal is requested as part of the initial assessment process. Applicants will be instructed on how to submit their proposal once they have applied for the programme via the online Postgraduate Application Portal. You will also be required to submit a PDF portfolio of between 20 and 30 pages.

English Language Requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements.

What you'll study

Our Graphic Design and Visualisation MA programme enables you to explore topics of your choosing related to graphic design and visualisation, while gaining a solid foundation in processes and techniques relevant to individual and group practice.


Graphic Design and Visualisation MA covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Semester 1

Design and Research (30 credits)

This module requires the interrogation of issues related to a specialised field of study in graphic design and visualisation. A topic area (of your choosing) will be exposed and explored through a range of learning and teaching activities. Detailed inquiry is reported in verbal, visual and written format at intervals throughout. This leads to the submission of a written assignment that introduces the associated history, theory and criticism of the student's chosen topic area, a visual audit of graphic objects in that field, and a clearly stated research question that will guide future inquiry.

Exploring Materials Processes and Techniques (30 credits)

The modules requires the exploration of contemporary and emerging materials, processes and techniques relevant to individual and group practice. Detailed findings are reported in verbal, visual and written formats.

Semester 2

Final Project: Situating and Rehearsing (30 credits)

This module focuses on proposing, developing and evaluating a final project proposal in the context of professional and entrepreneurial practice, and through examining commercial, technical, social and ethical opportunities, and constraints.

Research Methodologies: Art and Design (30 credits)

This module develops the 'research journey' in relation to the appropriate use of research questions, context, methods, and practice. This includes: literature review, development of hypotheses, development of research strategy, validation of research methods and a poster presentation.

Summer period

Final Project (60 credits)

Creative studio practice in this module is proposed in the student-led learning agreement and informed by tutorial review. The learning agreement is finalised in the first week of study, through negotiation between the student and the responsible examiner.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment is continuous and based on an appraisal of practice, written material, related research, and professional and entrepreneurial skills in relation to the final project outcome(s).

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions
Field trips

Your personal and professional development

Our MA in Graphic Design and Visualisation is centred around the Project Proposal, which you will write. We look for original, thought-provoking and innovative ideas which can be explored at MA level. To that end we expect a level of maturity and autonomy which you can build on whilst studying at Loughborough University. The MA will provide you with the theoretical, conceptual, practical and entrepreneurial skills to further develop your practice in a professional environment.

Future career prospects

The universal demand for graphical knowledge and increasing emphasis on visualising complexity across diverse fields provides a vast range of career choices for graduates. Depending on individual aspirations, students evolve their practical, historical and theoretical interests for a career in industry or academic research through PhD study.

Graduates may also decide to start their own businesses venture, or work freelance in a range of design-related disciplines.

Your personal development

Our Graphic Design and Visualisation MA programme aims to aid you in using reflection and analysis to connect and improve known and unknown situations, and communicating ideas, concepts, theories, and arguments with different audiences.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our students

Don't just take our word for it - read what one of our students has to say about studying our MA Graphic Design and Visualisation.

Shruti Jaiswal

MA Graphic Design and Visualisation student

I was drawn to this course because it offered more room for creativity. During my time at Loughborough I have grown a strong passion for illustration.