Graphics Illustration Photography

Key Facts


Programme Overview


M.Des in Graphics/Illustration/ Photography. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


Coursework, essays, practical design projects. Formative assessments take place at key points throughout the year with summative assessments at the end of each academic year.

Range of facilities including dedicated studio space, crit/group tutorial spaces, Case Room with a range of equipment including letterpress, Macs, digital cameras, animation, linoprints, wood engravings and monoprinting, photographic studios with facilities for colour and black and white processing.

Indicative Additional Costs
Individual departments levy material fees as indicated on this page. You should budget for each year of your programme of study and should allow for costs over and above your fees and maintenance, particularly if expensive materials or projects are chosen.

Graduate Destinations
Graduates from the GSA's department of Communication Design have gone on to work with Pentagram, Graphic Thought Facility, Lust, O-SB, Weiden + Kennedy, Lewis Moberly, BBC, Stand, ISO, or succeed in freelance practice, working in publishing, editorial, film and TV.

Programme Leader

Brian Cairns

Colin Faulks
Andy Stark
Matthew Walkerdine

Programme Overview

The Masters in Design in  (Graphics/Illustration/Photography) is a one year intensive masters programme (180 credits), with three subject-specific pathways. It is designed specifically for those students wishing to explore, at postgraduate level, subject specialisms in one of these three areas. Applications to the programme should make clear which pathway of study the student is interested in studying.

The programme aims to furnish students with the research skills and methods for stimulating innovative design practices through a combination of tutorials, seminars, workshops, and autonomous design and research projects. In doing so, it equips graduates with the practical and intellectual skills required to deploy design practices within a variety of social, economic and technological contexts and transform the experiences of those who utilise, interact with, or depend upon designed artefacts and services.

Delivered via a series of taught workshops, tutorials, set and elective projects, lecture and seminar based sessions and self-directed learning, the emphasis of the programme rationale is on the contemporary practices of visual communication, underpinned by theoretical research, and the social, technological and economic contexts of contemporary design practices. Students on the programme are expected to engage in a high level of self-directed learning, research and independent critical reflection, as well as participating in taught elements.

Further information is available online at;

Application Deadline Dates
Applications to this programme will be processed in three rounds: Standard 1; Standard 2 and Late. We guarantee to review all complete applications received by the Standard 1 deadline date of 28 January 2022. After this date, this programme can become full and close to applications in advance of the Standard 2 and Late rounds. Early application is therefore encouraged to avoid disappointment. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on the dates indicated below, please ensure you can be available.


Deadline to apply

Interviews taking place

Decision on application by

Standard 1

Friday 28 January 2022

Monday 21 February – Friday 4 March 2022

Friday 18 March 2022

Standard 2

Friday 18 March 2022

Monday 11 April – Friday 22 April 2022

Friday 29 April 2022


Friday 10 June 2022

Monday 4 July – Friday 8 July 2022

Friday 22 July 2022


Applicants must submit a completed application form and personal statement by 12:00 noon (GMT) on the deadline to apply date. Applicants should then submit their digital portfolio by 4:00pm (GMT) the same day. Submissions made after these times will automatically move to the next round unless the programme has closed to applications.

Application Guidance
Further guidance on applying to this programme can be accessed below:

Start an application on the How to Apply webpage. Online application forms for 2022 entry will be available from November.