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Department of Typography & Graphic Communication

Shape your future with us. At Reading you can grow into a highly skilled, confident, and informed designer able to make a difference in the world. You’ll have a unique opportunity to combine creative passion with intellectual rigour, and realise your ambitions in design and beyond.

For more than four decades, we have brought together innovative teaching and subject-leading research in a centre of excellence for the study of typography and graphic communication.

"The University of Reading is a fantastic and unique place to study, with great links to industry and design's historical roots."

Amy Keast

Jacket Designer, DK Books (part of the Penguin Random House Group)

Curiosity, creativity and innovation

Our degrees enable you to excel. You’ll acquire skills in thinking visually, analytically and reflectively. Your skills will help you see design’s big picture and its essential details. You’ll develop a cross-media understanding of design, and gain insights into how history and theory inform design practice. Your degree will help you to set your professional sights high.

  • Our undergraduate study combines curiosity, creativity, innovation and professional opportunity.
  • Our master's courses strengthen your design prowess and independent thinking.
  • Our PhD programme encourages you to achieve research excellence.

Design expertise, research endeavour

Research is at the core of what we do. When you study at Reading, you learn from world-leading design teachers, researchers and practitioners. Our teaching is informed by research and contemporary practice, and our research is driven by a desire for the highest standards.

In the most recent assessment of research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014), we were ranked first in the overall quality of our research, its impact, and the research environment we’ve built.

Read more about our research.


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