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.
2020/21 Tuition Fees For New Entrants
|UK/EU nationality||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£8,000|
|UK/EU nationality||Postgraduate degree (part-time)||£5,000|
|International (non-EU)||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£15,000|
Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £11,222
For 2020, 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 £11,222 towards course fees or living costs. Part time and EU students may also be eligible.
How to apply
Applications to our postgraduate courses should be made directly to Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form.
Applications should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Patrick Burgoyne (Visiting Lecturer)Creative Review
Dr. Nicola Foster (Visiting Lecturer)Open University
Vera-Maria Glahn (Visiting Lecturer)Field
Hamish Muir (Visiting Lecturer)Outcast Editions
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
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Meet Our International Team in Vancouver, Canada
Sunday 19 April 2020
Meet us in Vancouver to get portfolio advice & learn about our courses.
Meet Our International Team in California, USA
21, 27 & 29 April 2020
Meet us in San Diego and Los Angeles to get portfolio advice & learn about our courses.
Postgraduate Open Day
Thursday 7 May 2020
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