Postgraduate Graphic Design Personal Statement Example

My fondness for art and design was influenced by Japanese designers Kenya Hara and Kashiwa Sato. Their visionary approaches to design transcend the boundaries of mere craftsmanship, delving into the combination of philosophical reflection and broader definition of creative practice, which has inspired me to explore limitless possibilities in creating visual representations using different materials and mediums, with a strong emphasis on experience to enhance the visual communication, forming as integral parts of my design philosophy.

Three years of studying graphic design at Teesside University has undoubtedly widened my horizons and knowledge. Attending various workshops, from metalworking to printing, further expanded my comprehension of graphic design. Throughout my undergraduate study, active participation in course projects and experimental activities has nurtured my passion for the field of graphic design and visual communication. In year one, semester two, I took part in the project ‘Rye Reflections’, working within the university and the North York Moors National Park. My installation was positioned beside a trail, incorporating wood trunks and collected letterforms from the local area, blending its natural existence and local cultural heritage with a contemporary approach. Engaging in hands-on practices and progressing conceptual awareness through practical exercises have provided me with valuable insights into producing visual outputs and developing critical thinking abilities.

Motivated by a curiosity for critical and interdisciplinary design, my goal is to explore design practice across various mediums, while in combination with materiality and research-led methodologies to employ creativity. This course would provide me with both practical and critical skills to contribute to collaborative and individual creative activities. As I look forward to experimenting with visual solutions within speculative contexts and engaging with a diverse approach of design practice, I have chosen to pursue the MA Graphic Design Communication programme at Camberwell College of Arts.

Integrating contemporary social and cultural issues with design methodologies, studying contemporary design practices, and developing a rigorous design process, this course offers several facets that align closely with my creative inclination. Focusing on the forefront aspects of communication, encouraging design practices alongside dynamic thinking through practice-led individual exercises, I believe it holds the capability to elevate my creative and critical thinking abilities. Equipped with the knowledge and skills from this course, I aspire to demonstrate professionalism in creating meaningful designs and engage in research into contemporary design, bringing forth design practices with distinctive perspectives.

I am intrigued by this opportunity to expand my practice and engage with critical viewpoints. Accompanied by a practice-led approach, my own experience builds up my unique understanding in the field of graphic design. The MA Graphic Design Communication programme represents the next pivotal advance in my pursuit toward becoming a critical innovator, thinker, and communicator within the creative industry.

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This personal statement is the one I plan to apply for the MA Graphic Design Communication programme at Camberwell College of Arts, UAL. I also have other versions based on different specifications tailored to other courses, all following this structure in general.

Applying for 2024/25 MA programmes in the following schools

Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh (MA Graphic Design)
University of Reading (MA Communication Design: Graphic Design)
Royal College of Art (MA Visual Communication)
London College of Communication, University of Arts London (MA Design for Art Direction)
Camberwell College of Arts, University of Arts London (MA Graphic Design Communication)


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