The MA Communication Design: Typeface Design Pathway combines the development of practical skills with the study of historical and theoretical issues, in a world-class research-intensive environment.
This course integrates shared elements of study and pathway-specific elements. This Typeface Design pathway allows for specialisation and a deeper engagement with Communication Design.
The Typeface Design pathway focuses on the development of multiscript typefaces for text-intensive applications. Students work on defining, planning, and designing a multiscript typeface family, exploring issues of character complements, the development of family styles across scripts, and the relationship of convention and modernity in typeface design.
Why study MA Communication Design: Typeface Design Pathway at Reading?
The global reference programme in the field
First university-based pathway in this subject
Highly international student body, with a wide range of backgrounds
Pathway combines practical and academic elements into a signature model for design education
Design and research areas are global in perspective, with a wide variety of typographic scripts covered
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent)
Entry requirements: Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above), or equivalent from a university outside the UK, in a design-related subject. For exceptional candidates without such a degree, you will need convincing evidence of relevant professional experience. In most cases, a relevant practice portfolio and an example of academic writing are also required.
What will you study?
Students on the Typeface Design pathway work on three modules. The first involves a series of seminars that cover key areas in typography and typeface design, and build a foundation in critical reading and research methods. These seminars are shared with other master’s students, and include reading and discussion of key texts, and preparation of a presentation to peers.
The practical module for the Typeface Design pathway focuses on the development of multiscript typefaces for text-intensive applications. Students work on defining, planning, and designing a multiscript typeface family. They explore issues of character complements, the development of family styles across scripts, and the relationship of convention and modernity in typeface design. Students are encouraged to consider both mainstream scripts and scripts that are marginally supported by current standards.
The third module comprises preparation and work for a substantial dissertation, on an area that may be connected to the work in the other modules of the programme.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £8,100 per year
New international students: £17,100 per year
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
The fees given are for entry in the academic year starting in September 2021, and will be confirmed in your offer letter.You can find more information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
What career can you have?
Our graduates have an excellent employment record. Many take up positions in type design studios, with publishers and general design studios, and wayfinding and information design studios. Others develop their own businesses, or take up managerial roles in creative firms. Previous employers have included Apple, Financial Times, Microsoft Typography, Monotype, Nokia, Oxford University Press and the Victoria & Albert Museum.