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Study a graduate program in graphic design

What will I study in a graduate graphic design program?

Graphic design plays a bigger part in our society than you might think, everything that we use has gone through some form of design process. A graduate graphic design program will put you at the cutting edge of these processes.
At postgraduate level graphic design courses expand from the teaching of design practices and practical experience into taking these elements can challenging them in terms of how graphic design works in society.
Modern graduate graphic design programs are not just about understanding existing technological theories and practices but developing and innovating them. You will also learn how to apply design to a range of job sectors and use them to solve certain problems.

Length of program

The length of a graduate graphic design program depends on where you study and how far you want to go into academia. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries: 

  • UK – 1-3 years
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 1-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

As graduate graphic design programs require very specific skills - it is usually expected that you will have a good undergraduate degree in design or a related discipline. It is often requested that you will have design work experience and be able to demonstrate your work to show your ability to study at postgraduate level.

If you are studying in a country where the first language is different from your own, you may be required to take a language test to prove your skills.

Career development

There are a range of jobs available to people with a postgraduate graphic design degree in a number of fields and job sectors. Most industries that have any visual or functional requirements will use design in some way.

Those with a postgraduate graphic design degree will be able to show more experience and therefore demand higher salaries and charge more for work.

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate graphic design programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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