MA Communication Design
Course length: Full-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years
Get to the heart of how design shapes our understanding of issues, our environment and each other on our practice-led MA Communication Design Masters degree course.
As you grow your expertise in critical aspects of communication design you’ll have the chance to explore areas including graphic design, graphic communication, illustration, information design, interactive communication, multimedia and typography.
Refine your communication design skills
From moving image and sound to questions of brand management and publishing, you’ll stretch your skills and ambition as a postgraduate student at NUA. As you develop your own voice and practice through experimentation, you’ll also have the chance to critically examine key design and communication issues such as sustainability, new technology, new audiences and markets, inclusivity and ethics.
NUA’s design expertise
NUA is a centre of design expertise, with students and graduates winning competitions of national and international import, including coveted D&AD Pencils and the RSA Howarth Award. Graduates of our MA Communication Design Masters degree can be found leading global agencies.
Your own career prospects will be greatly enhanced by having the chance to research, test and communicate your design ideas in professional and ‘real world’ contexts – all under expert tuition and making use of industry standard resources.
Graduates work in a broad range of careers including
- Graphic/Web Design
- Art Directing
- Brand Strategy/Design
- Desktop Publishing
- Design Consultancy
- Editorial Design
- Packaging Design
- Studio Management
- Research/PhD Study
MA Degree Show
Discover the work of some of our our postgraduate students in their MA Degree Show at Norwich University of the Arts.
Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons) / BSc Degree of 2:1 or above (or its equivalent), in a subject related to your proposed course of study.
Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application.
The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award.
Show us your best stuff. Tell us what you still want to achieve. Your portfolio is your chance to paint a picture of where an MA at NUA could take you.
You should aim to bring about six pieces of work that demonstrate your learning, progress and creativity. The interview panel will be interested in seeing sketchbooks, notebooks, publications, catalogues, blogs or websites that relate to your practice.
We know that for some people an MA application is a change in direction and some work may only be in a developmental stage. We also know that for those in the final year of undergraduate study completed Major Projects may be unavailable or unfinished, in which case we welcome representative images of work in progress.
You can choose to bring original work with you or show a digital portfolio using your own device and on a USB drive, DVD, social media platform or through website platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, Prezi, Behance, Dropbox, personal websites or blogs. If you choose to present your portfolio digitally please notify us in advance of your interview. If you wish to submit a digital portfolio ahead of your interview we can only accept PDF documents or website links by email.
Tips on preparing your portfolio:
- Your portfolio should be presented in a logical and ordered manner
- It’s important to include a range of creative work that demonstrates your compatibility with the MA course you have applied for
- The interview panel will be interested in seeing sketchbooks and notebooks as well as finished work
- Physical examples of practice (printed matter, objects, painting, sculpture etc.) are acceptable at interview, but larger pieces of work should be shown as photographs or digital submission
- Film, video and animation work should be 2-5 minutes long
- Include any links to relevant websites or blogs that contain your work
- Your application includes a 500 word written statement, but you might wish to include other examples of your written work (for example an undergraduate essay or a research report) that relates to your chosen subject
- International applicants interviewing by Skype should submit a digital portfolio (see above) in advance and/or supply weblinks to digital portfolios or online blogs that showcase your practice.
2018/19 Tuition Fees For New Entrants
|UK/EU nationality||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£7,000|
|UK/EU nationality||Postgraduate degree (part-time)||£4,500|
|International (non-EU)||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£13,700|
Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £10,609
For 2018, UK nationals and those who have been resident in England for three years may be eligible to apply for a government loan of up to £10,609 towards course fees or living costs. Part time and EU students may also be eligible.
How to apply
Applications to all postgraduate courses should be made directly to the Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form.
Applications should be returned to email@example.com
Terms and conditions
If you’re invited to interview we’ll ask you to bring a portfolio of recent work. You’ll be interviewed by one or more members of the MA course team, who will ask you about your work, your applicant’s statement and your preparedness for postgraduate study.
Interviews normally last around thirty minutes and you’ll have a chance to ask the course team questions. We will endeavour to let you know if you have been successful within ten days of your interview.
When should I apply for an MA course?
There is no official deadline for applying for a postgraduate course. We would recommend you apply by 25 August (at the very latest) of the autumn you wish to start. This will allow time for your interview to take place and the necessary paper work to be processed if you are successful in achieving a place. International students requiring a visa should apply as soon as possible in the year they wish to start. Email our International Team for more information.
"What I most loved about my experience, is that the MA teaching and support staff is incredibly hands on, generous and engaged with each of the students."
MA Communication Design
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Craig Oldham (Visiting Lecturer)Design by Music
Michael C Place (Visiting Lecturer)Build
Andrew Rawnsley (Visiting Lecturer)Teeside University
Tom Roope (Visiting Lecturer)The Rumpus Room
Vivian Rosenthal (Visiting Lecturer)GoldRun
Andy Stevens (Visiting Lecturer)Graphic Thought Facility
Matt Ward (Visiting Lecturer)DWFE
Denise Wilton (Visiting Lecturer)Berg
Professor Judith Williamson (Visiting Lecturer)University of the Creative Arts
Chloe Vale (Visiting Lecturer)History of Advertising Trust
Marie Brennan appointed to the British Council
NUA's Head of Postgraduate Taught Awards is appointed to Arts and Creative Economy Advisory Board.
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We Are MA: Interview with Hansol Yoo
International student Hansol Yoo travelled from Korea to study MA Communication Design at NUA.
We Are MA: Interview with Qian Sun
International student Qian Sun travelled from China to study MA Communication Design at NUA.
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We Are MA: Communication Design
MA Communication Design student Richard Wood shares his experience of study at NUA.