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MA Communication Design

On our MA Communication Design pathways, you'll develop practical skills and study historical and theoretical issues, in a world-class, research-intensive environment. 

Each pathway equips you with fundamental knowledge of typography and allows you to specialise in a particular area of communication design. You'll work on a practical project and produce a substantial dissertation as part of your studies.

Courses for 2022/23

Graphic Design Pathway

Pet shop app design by master's student Irina Tomic

Embark on practical work in editorial design both in print and digital form. You'll be able to choose modules from across all MA Communication Design pathways, so you can graduate with a breadth of knowledge and experience.

Book Design Pathway

Selection of book cover designs for John Steinbeck novels

Apply your design skills to printed books and electronic publications. You'll engage with emerging experimental publishing strategies, as well as the current demands of professional practice.

Information Design Pathway

Example of complex information design - wheel of charts and graphs

Explore the relationship between user experience and the presentation of information across different everyday applications and contexts, including interaction design and wayfinding.

Typeface Design Pathway

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Define, plan, and design your own multiscript typeface family. You'll explore issues of character complements, the development of family styles across scripts, and the relationship of convention and modernity in typeface design.

MA Creative Enterprise: Communication Design

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Build strategic and creative thinking skills and learn to apply these to business. You'll explore professional practice while increasing your understanding of opportunities and challenges for the role of design in the creative sector.


MA Research Typography and Graphic Communication

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Develop your independent research and writing skills on this intensive course. Its flexible structure allows you to tailor the programme to your personal interests. It’s ideal preparation for higher study and self-directed research.

MRes Typeface Design

Professor Gerry Leonidas discussing typeface design with a student on Type Design intensive course

Gain a deeper understanding of the historical and theoretical aspects of your field. The MRes Typeface Design course is for experienced, practising typeface designers and allows you to teach at postgraduate level.

Read Dan's story

Headshot of Dan Rhatigan former master's student studying typeface design in the Department of Typography
My time at Reading was the start of many relationships with colleagues and specialists whose own work is vital to what we’re doing at Adobe now.

Dan Rhatigan

Master's graduate and Senior Manager at Adobe Type

Fees, funding and scholarships

There is a variety of funding support available to our master’s students.

UK students can receive government loans to help towards tuition fees and living costs. They may also be eligible for other grants and bursaries.

Both UK and international students can apply for a range of scholarships. Our scholarships are awarded based on previous academic achievement.

More information on postgraduate fees and funding

More information on master's scholarships


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Read Tamsin's story

Headshot of Tamsin Oglivie, former student who studied book design at master's level in the Department

Tamsin Oglivie embarked on a part-time master's in book design after a successful career in film set and exhibition design.

Application information

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We take a portfolio and personal statement into account when we assess your application. Read our advice on what to include to ensure the best chance of securing a place on one of our programmes.