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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Sunderland

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


This Masters is built around your personal design interests and aspirations. It allows you to push the boundaries of creativity, within a framework of academic rigour and contextual research. You can choose to study any of the following areas: advertising, animation, design thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship, fashion and promotion, graphic communication, graphic design, illustration, interactive media, motion graphics and typographic design. Other specialised design disciplines will also be considered.

You'll follow a chosen pathway for the duration of your MA study, with the option to be awarded with one of the following:

  • MA Design: Animation
  • MA Design: Fashion
  • MA Design: Games Art
  • MA Design: Graphics
  • MA Design: Illustration

You will graduate with MA Design if you do not wish to opt for a named pathway or if your chosen discipline does not apply to one of the pathways listed above (e.g. 3D Design).

By the end of the course, you'll have completed a major project that has evolved from your practice and research, and you'll have a portfolio of creative designs that will excite and impress potential employers.

Why us?

  • This MA Design course is unique in that it facilitates the study of a wide range of diverse design disciplines through specialist staff and facilities
  • We have excellent engagement with industry, locally, nationally and internationally and have several academic partners overseas including Greece, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Trinidad
  • We host the International Research Centre for Calligraphy (IRCC) which promotes and supports the development of calligraphy both nationally and internationally

Career ready

On completing this course, you will be equipped for roles throughout the creative industries. Potential roles include animator, graphic designer, illustrator, typographic designer, interactive designer, lecturer or broad-based designer.

This creative degree can also open doors into many other careers, such as teaching, or further study at Doctorate level.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 14,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Sunderland

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  • Campus address

    University of Sunderland, Edinburgh Building, City Campus, Chester Road, Sunderland, Sunderland, SR1 3SD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    38th out of 85 31

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    122 56%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68 68%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.25 85%



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