Our course brings together creativity, curiosity, and innovation; it is ideal if you want to apply your visual abilities and scholarly strengths to the challenges of graphic communication.
The University of Reading is ranked 1st in the UK for research in this area (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014).
Our dynamic course builds skills in thinking critically, analytically, and reflectively, enabling you to see design’s ‘big picture’ and its essential details. You will pursue design as cross-media practice, recognising how history and theory inform design, and conducting professional practice.
We will equip you for a career in design by combining a strong practical base with an understanding of what makes good design succeed. We take you below the surface to ask questions about design’s deeper purpose.
Develop the ability to express your design ideas confidently, learn how to solve real-life graphic communication challenges, and graduate with a diverse and relevant portfolio.
Our small-group, collaborative studio teaching approach gives you a supportive and highly interactive learning experience. Our curriculum is constantly evolving and is informed by the research carried out by our staff. We foster creativity by integrating practice, history and theory. We welcome students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds and whose experiences and abilities enrich our community of study.
Our department explores different ways of engaging with design so that you will become a well-rounded ‘thinking designer’.
Our graphic communication graduates are in high demand because the combination of creative, production, and client-facing skills we teach help to prepare our students for industry after graduating. Overall, 90% of our graduates are in work or higher level study within six months (DLHE survey, 2015-16).
We have close links with industry. Employers such as IBM Design and Oxford University Press are actively engaged with our teaching and offer individual feedback on student projects.