Glasgow School of Art: Graphics Illustration Photography (Master of Design - MDes)

InstitutionGlasgow School of Art
Department School of Design
Telephone 0141 353 4500
Study type Taught


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. 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.

2 course options

Qualification Master of Design - MDes
Level SCQF Level 11
Entry requirements

A good related degree is required.

IELTS 6.0 overall (with no less than 5.5 in each component) if overseas.


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.


Core research skills for postgraduates; design theory; studio practice; elective, chosen from the broad menu available at GSA; critical reflective journal.

Location Garnethill Campus
167 Renfrew Street
G3 6RQ


England 7020 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 7020 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 7020 GBP for Year 1
Wales 7020 GBP for Year 1
EU 7020 GBP for Year 1
International 17640 GBP for Year 1

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