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Over 62% of design businesses in the UK work in communications design making it by far the largest component of the design industry.

Design Council 2010

MA Communication Design at NUA provides a logical progression for BA Graphic Communication students. All NUA undergraduates receive a tuition fee discount if they choose to continue with their postgraduate studies at NUA.

What can I do with this degree?

Graduates have been successful in achieving design positions with employers such as global media company White Digital Media, TSL Digital and Archant Media. Many have also had success in starting their own design businesses. Graduates work in a broad range of careers including:

  • Website Designer
  • Multi-Media Designer
  • App Designer
  • Promotions Designer
  • Interface Designer
  • Film Maker/Animator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Account Handler
  • Advertising Creative
  • Branding Designer
  • Brand Strategist
  • Print Maker/Printer
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate Designer
  • Studio Manager
  • Designers also work for studios or on a freelance commission basis

Studying at NUA was crucial to my career as it gave me the skills to start my own business. In 2011 I won a £50,000 cash prize through the Barclays ‘Take one small step’ competition. We’re using the money to launch a mobile phone app.

Ben Farrin
2002 graduate
Founder and Managing Director
The Student Pocket Guide

The course prepared me in lots of ways, teaching me how to do effective research as well as technical skills. The main thing was the work ethic it instilled in me. I quickly learnt that if I was to do well I’d have to work hard and that attitude towards my work has helped me succeed in my job.

Max Little
2012 graduate

The facilities at NUA are top notch. I took every opportunity throughout my degree to do work placements and work on live briefs, competitions and with industry. With a good degree and work placements under my belt it didn’t take too long to get my first job.

Georgina Payne
2011 graduate
Osborne Nash

The course taught me to think in my own way by myself and create unique responses to problems. Now I am answering a huge range of briefs from a wide variety of clients, still learning new things every day. It can be a huge challenge but Uni has taught me to self teach, research and not stop learning.

Sam Bettis
2013 graduate
Creative Design Associate
Sii Creative

Other graduates include

  • Robin White
    Designer, Design Bridge (Amsterdam)
  • Nina Jenkins
    Senior Brand Design Manager, Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • Jonny Kearns
    Designer, Bloom
  • Laura Llewellyn
    Designer, Hearst Magazine
  • Emily Underwood
    Design and Community Manager, Sidekick Studios
  • Mary Hender
    Editorial Designer, Archant Publishing

More advice

For more advice about careers in design visit the Design Council website.


More advice

For more advice about careers in publishing visit the Creative Skillset website.