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MA Communication Design

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
  • Marketing
  • Packaging Design
  • Advertising
  • Studio Management
  • Teaching/Lecturing
  • 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.

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Entry requirements

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.

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. 

Find out more about postgraduate loans.

How to apply

Applications to all postgraduate courses should be made directly to the Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form.

MA Application form 2019-20 – Word format
MA Application form 2019-20 – PDF format

Applications should be returned to admissions@nua.ac.uk 

Terms and conditions

NUA Terms and Conditions (06/12/18) (51k)
NUA 2019-20 Student Regulations and Procedures (17/09/19)
Student Protection Plan (05/09/18) (60k)

Interview

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.

Find out more about applying.

Students

Kazz Morohashi

"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

Lecturers

  • 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

Need help? Chat to our friendly recruitment team

Book a place on an Open Day, or to find out more about how to apply for a course at NUA, please contact Lynne, Sam, Tom, or Tori:

Call: +44 (0) 1603 610561

Email: studentrecruitment@nua.ac.uk

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