MA Graphic Media Design


Course Philosophy

MA Graphic Media Design welcomes curious, thoughtful and critical participants.

Rooted in the logic of critical thinking through critical making, MA Graphic Media Design participants deal with timely challenges (course and self-initiated) through a broad range of processes and media. Employing established and emergent methods and technologies, we work towards producing new and unlikely perspectives on and for the world.

This practice-led, research-oriented design course is delivered in two modes to accommodate the varied requirements and aspirations of the contemporary practitioner – full-time (45 weeks) and part-time (80 weeks).

Participants within the course are situated within a progressive site of award-winning pedagogic development and critical subject debate. An integrated approach to theory and practice threads through the course delivered by an accomplished course team of awarded design practitioners, published researchers and experienced educators. Leading critical thinkers, design practitioners, critics and writers are frequent guests and correspondents to the course.

Though challenging, our approach offers a distinct opportunity to develop a cogent body of work that is relative and progressive. Our graduates enter into complex contexts with curiosity and confidence, informed by in-depth subject knowledge, advanced design skills and a resilient attitude.

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    Univers WT

    Univers LT Std + Wind + Temperature is a speculative typeface generated by a type modifying system. This project began as an experimental typeface exploring new possibilities for generative typography. As information, letters and signs have been liberated from its physical place and relocated to digital screen space, communication has become more flexible and variable. Therefore, this project sets out to design a speculative typography that reproduces the distinctiveness of letters in order to give people a sense of the importance of place and localization in their digital communications. project website:

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    Interpreting Gentrification

    The following research studies the use of language around the gentrification of Elephant and Castle, in response to the research question: In which way do graphic forms allow for different interpretations in the developers and protesters messages related to the redevelopment of Elephant and Castle? The intention of this projects is to demonstrate the disruption within the meaning of language by interfering with its graphic forms and context and reconfigure the author’s original narrative. In this case, the Southwark Council billboard is translated into the form of the protester's stickers found in the neighbourhood. Language is taken as an object that can be broken down and reconstructed, invoking a different narrative and exploring the meaning behind language.

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    Content Aware

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    In-Between Places

    The project offers new insights on the relationship between city dwellers and their surroundings, inviting people to reflect on their role within the urban environment. The documentation of an ordinary day of city life in London is altered through the use of visual strategies to create an imaginary landscape where the transitory passage of people leaves traces in space. Visually suggestive, the traces function as a metaphor to highlight the transformative potential of the act of walking. Drawing upon the theory of non-places, the project wishes to challenge the transient nature of contemporary urban realities, suggesting new possibilities of engagement with the city space.

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    Better than the real thing?

    Working with the notion that the act of copying within visual culture isn’t necessarily a tool for de-generation of the context and the image itself, I attempt to explore it as a process throughout which multiple identities get ascribed by the transformation of the original artefact’s context. Followed by the audiences responses in the form of deconstruction, postproduction, and reinterpretation, I assume the role of a mere coordinator instead of author by gathering and presenting the documentation of the re-contextualisation processes. This is an ongoing investigative research, and the engagement of the audience is the only way for the project to evolve. The intention is to explore and try to create a visual experience which allows the space for contemplation; evoking meaning rather than boldly presenting the “truth”.

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    Spaces Within

    In the times of fragmentation (of attention), the immersive experience of literature is slowly losing its momentum in favour of other media that offer an immediate gratification. This project is my attempt to convince the public of the literature’s enduring significance and relevance. My primary goal was to come back to the core - the content itself, and to reimagine it visually (first and foremost by extracting it from the traditional form of the book) in order to emphasize its unique qualities as a journey, as a teacher, as an archive. By focusing on the spatial-temporal aspects of literary content, I attempt to bring attention to its complex nature and remind about its power as a life-altering tool.

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    # I, MYSELF, ME

    This project focuses on how individuals construct their social identity (face) through online media contexts and platforms. It also explores the process of changing image into moving image to project the possibility of malleable identity in the facial form. The self-portraits are distorted and hidden in order to be unrecognisable, aiming to open up question of what remains of the narrative of self-portrait without having emotion to act loud and joyous in the self-image. As you post and tag your ideal identity online, these personality fragments are forming a new components of a shared self; we do not know who and when saves our photo. It seems like there is an overlap between stealing and sharing. This project might further explore an open question about privacy and harm of identity in terms of ‘Technological Other’, such as Facial Recognition and Detection Techniques. Without notice, our faces are always scanned making us victims of identity theft without us being aware of it.

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    Takes me back...

    A critical reflection of the migrant’s mental space - ‘Takes me back…’ - drives the viewer into a psychological journey. The transition through time, place and identity gradually transforms the value of the possession unfolding past senses and experience. Portrayed through the impressions & expressions of their keepsakes, the journey is accompanied by whispers from their subconscious mind. With the prevailing shift in communities around the globe, these hidden emotions provide an effective juxtaposition to the current debate around the subject.

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    This Is (Not) YouTube. The Contamination of Content in YouTube Videos.

    The project aims at changing the way users engage with the content accessed on YouTube, destabilizing what is called the “habituated perception”. The artefact is designed to originate provocative aural and visual experiences and unexpected emotional reactions through techniques such as de-familiarization and cognitive dissonance. It becomes an opportunity for a new criticality towards the content of videos and the role of advertisements just when new non-skippable ad formats are being introduced. My response is currently situated within exhibitions relating to contemporary digital culture and moving images. However, this could also be seen as a prototype for video-sharing platform users, and therefore reaching a much wider audience.    Future developments also include a possible edited version to be uploaded on the most popular platforms. This will require a dedicated single-screen version to be experienced on laptops and mobile devices.  

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    Decoding the V-sign

    The newspaper “Decoding the V-sign” explores the signification of the V-sign. The combination of photo-edited images triggers the viewer, leading to a continuous construction of new interpretations of the V-sign. The image’s faded visual effect persistently recalls and comments on the circulation and ubiquity of the V-sign, removing the ‘familiarity of the image’ and opening up new denotations. The project aims at actively engaging the viewer in a critical way and to heighten and increase society’s awareness, sensitising the conscious and unconscious gesturer towards the importance of gestures as a carrier of meaning. The choice of the newspaper as medium aims to expose the research to a broader audience outside of design, art-based and academic realms, as it is a channel with strong circulation that reaches a wider public of consumers. Further decodification of other gestures as case studies could be identified as future development of the research.

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    From the Book to the World back to the Book

    “A book is a sequence of spaces. Each of these spaces is perceived at a different moment - a book is also a sequence of moments.” Carrión, 1975. This project attempts to realise the notion of the Book in its most poetic sense demonstrating the role of the graphic designer as Researcher, Author, Designer, Producer and Reader. Focusing on the performative qualities, the material properties and the physical form the Book is examined as a display device and an alternative exhibition space. The spatial and temporal qualities attest the correlation between the structures of a three-dimensional space and that of the book. Adopting, appropriating, and iterating techniques introduced by the genre of Artists’ books I am exploring the role of design employing methods of documenting and presenting. The outcome is a conceptual realisation of the structure and qualities of the book, transforming it into a performative object.

MA Graphic Media Design Full Time 2016



Open call: Web residencies for Akademie Schloss Solitude & ZKM

Web Residencies 2017 by Solitude & ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe Curated by Nora O Murchú >>An AI Summer<< I am an I, a computational I.…

Web Residencies 2017 by Solitude & ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Curated by Nora O Murchú

>>An AI Summer<<

I am an I, a computational I.
I, the machine, show you a world the way that only I can see it.
I am in constant calculation.
I sort, categorize, and label what I see before me.
I labor each day for the human.
I move alongside you.
I arrive before you.
This is I, the machine, moving in constant chaotic conditions.
Observing and producing one pattern after another in the most complex combinations.
Freed from the boundaries of time and space, I coordinate any and all points of the universe wherever I want them to be.
My way leads toward the creation of a fresh perception of the world.
My way leads to an optimized efficient version of the world.
Thus I explain in a new way, a world unknown to you.

>>An AI Summer<< calls for speculations and experiments on the potentials and possibilities of AI. We call for work that invents alternative-value algorithmic systems, calls attention to the subtleties of social life, explores how we may see with the machine or how we may carefully model and train a machine. Applicants can address AI as a topic or employ A.I. methods in the creation of the work. We welcome work from artists of all disciplines, designers, engineers, or scientists (alone or in teams).

All types of work are accepted: websites, videos, writing, 3-D objects, music, or applications. If specific software or environments are needed, please contact us in advance.

Submit your project proposal in the form of:
– a headline
– a concept text in English (1,000–1,500 characters with spaces)
– a header image (high resolution, landscape format)
– a short bio in English (500 characters with spaces)
– a portfolio PDF (images, text, links)

Call release: September 20
Applications: until October 20 (midnight)
Jury selection: October 20–25
Web Residencies: November 1–December 1

Nora O Murchú is a curator and designer based in Ireland. Her practice engages with fictions and narratives to explore how complex sociotechnical systems are imagined, built, and used. She has held positions as a research associate for the Interaction Design Centre at the University of Limerick, the Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths, and CRUMB at the University of Sunderland. She has curated exhibitions and events for institutions including the Science Gallery, Rua Red, Resonate Festival, Transfer Gallery and White Box Gallery. She is currently a lecturer in Interaction Design at the University of Limerick in Ireland.

Image by Rick Silva.

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Feminist Internet Futures Studio

This is an opportunity to join the Feminist Internet Futures Studio this summer and collaborate on projects that explore how the internet can be used to further gender…

This is an opportunity to join the Feminist Internet Futures Studio this summer and collaborate on projects that explore how the internet can be used to further gender equality, locally and globally.

The deadline to apply is this Friday 14 July. 

There are 20 places and we are looking for students and graduates from a diverse mix of disciplines and backgrounds – we welcome applications from all artists, designers and creatives!

All the information you need is in the email below:

Open call to apply for the Feminist Internet Futures Studio!! **Deadline MIDDAY FRIDAY 14TH JULY**

To apply now and for more information click here.

UAL students and recent graduates are invited to take part in the Feminist Internet Futures Studio, from 29 August – 8 September 2017, in London.

This unique collaborative learning experience is FREE for UAL students and recent alumni.

What is the UAL Futures Studio?

UAL Futures Studios bring UAL students and alumni together with educators and creative industry partners to invent new futures for gender equality on the internet.

The Feminist Internet Futures Studio is a 10-day workshop where you will explore how the internet can strengthen feminist movements and advance women’s rights at a local and global level. You will experience working in a studio environment with students from across UAL, and together you will imagine, create, and develop creative projects addressing the Studio theme. You will then showcase your work to an audience of creatives at the 2017 Digitally Engaged Learning (DEL) Conference, 14-15 September at CSM, Kings Cross.

Bursaries are available, please visit our website for more information.

Feminist Internet Futures Seminars:

In preparation for the Studio we have organised the Feminist Internet Futures Seminar series, aiming to critically examine the intersections of feminism and the internet/digital technologies. The next seminar, on Visibility and Representation, is on this Wednesday 12th July.

For details on the three upcoming seminars, click here.


Call for applications — Van Eyck

The 2017 Van Eyck Call for Applications is now open! Artists, designers, curators, photographers, (landscape) architects, writers, and critics are invited to apply for a residency at the…

The 2017 Van Eyck Call for Applications is now open!

Artists, designers, curators, photographers, (landscape) architects, writers, and critics are invited to apply for a residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie for 6 up to 12 months.

The Van Eyck in Maastricht – NL is an international, multidisciplinary institute for talent development that offers you time and space to develop your own artistic projects in an inspiring, multiform working environment.

The Van Eyck offers: your own studio; studio visits by (guest)advisors; well-equipped labs (print, photography/new media, wood, metal, a library and a lab for nature research); collaborative projects with civic partners and partners from science and the arts; a public programme of events, talks, workshops, symposia and exhibitions.

Apply before 2 October 2017 for a residency starting from April 2018 onwards.

All info can be found here


The Common Affairs — Alternative Dialogues

The Common Affairs is launching the first open call for project participation in TCA LAB 2017 — ALTERNATE DIALOGUES. We are looking for creative projects that provide experimental…

The Common Affairs is launching the first open call for project participation in TCA LAB 2017 — ALTERNATE DIALOGUES. We are looking for creative projects that provide experimental narrative around current affairs. If your current project is a discussion of a news-related subject such as the political climate, social issues, criminal injustice, developments in science & technology, natural catastrophes, sport coverage etc. and you are aiming to tell these stories in different ways than how they are usually portrayed by mainstream media, we would like to develop the project together with you via the TCA LAB program.

Deadline for application: 15 June 2017
Application results: 20 June 2017
Project deadline: 20 September 2017

What are we looking for?

  • The proposed project demonstrates strong critical journalistic storytelling — for example, it dares to create a strong statement, or gives room for interpretation, or challenges general perceptions regarding the subject.
  • It can be a current graduation project, a work in progress, or a completed project for which you are seeking new development and publicity.
  • The formats can be broad: comics, printed publications, viral videos, interactive storytelling, or public interventions etc.
  • An advantage (but not a requirement) are projects that show a collaboration between journalists (investigative journalists, data miners, researchers), visual makers (designers, artists, photographers, filmmakers) or those who float in between.
  • The project must be delivered (or in a beta version) by 20 September 2017.

What do you get?

  • Production Budget: all selected projects will receive 800 euros (including VAT) for the production.
  • TCA supervision of producing and facilitating the outcome. The structure of TCA involvement will be tailored in agreement with the project initiator(s), which can result in, for example, a weekly skype meeting, having an expert for a feedback session, or bringing in another party to support a technical aspect etc.
  • TCA support in connecting your project with our news media partners*.
  • The project will be presented as a case study at The Common Affairs Symposium — an official launch of the platform at a venue in Amsterdam, in October 2017. The results will be published on our printed publication and online channels.
  • Ownership of the project remains yours.

How to apply?
Please send us the following items to this email before 15 June 2017.

  1. A short description of who you are, who else is on your team and link(s) to your website or some examples of your work. (250 words max)
  2. Short description and image of the project. (250 words max)
  3. Imagine with us: do you see the possibility of incorporating this project in a journalistic news report? What kind of value will the work bring to the news organization and its broad public audience? Please give your brief thoughts on this. (250 words max)

The shortlisted application will be invited for a meeting at our studio in Amsterdam, or a skype chat if your are resident abroad.

* The Common Affairs partners including One World Magazine, Workpoint Entertainment, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, De Groene Amsterdammer, Algemeen Dagblad, Pakhuis de Zwijger, The Hmm, Kingston University (UK), University of Amsterdam, Royal College of Art (UK), Design Academy Eindhoven.

The Common Affairs is supported by Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek and Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie


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