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.
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 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
NUA shortlisted twice in Times Higher Education Awards 2019
Deemed the 'Oscars' of higher education, NUA is shortlisted in two categories.
Marie Brennan appointed to the British Council
NUA's Head of Postgraduate Taught Awards is appointed to Arts and Creative Economy Advisory Board.
Graphic Design graduate’s studio ranked top in the UK
Jim Sutherland's studio tops the poll for the second year running
Meet Our International Team in Milwaukee and Chicago – October 2019
Saturday 5 October - Sunday 6 October 2019
Meet us in Milwaukee & Chicago to get portfolio advice & learn about our courses.
Meet Our International Team in Minnesota, USA – October 2019
Tuesday 1 October - Thursday 3 October 2019
Meet us in Minnesota to get portfolio advice & learn about our courses.
Meet Our International Team in California, USA – September 2019
Saturday 21 - Saturday 22 September 2019
Meet us in San Diego and Los Angeles to get portfolio advice & learn about our courses.
Meet Our International Team in South Korea – October 2019
Saturday 5 October - Sunday 13 October 2019
Discover our creative degrees and meet our academics in October in South Korea.
Meet Our International Team in Hong Kong – September 2019
Thursday 19 September 2019
Discover our creative degrees at the British United Student Meet.
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American student Mila Tsvetanova shares her tips for budgeting whilst at university.
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.
We are Makers and Creators: graphics Lecturer Rob Hillier
Typography maestro, DJ, musicologist and archivist. Meet Rob in his studio.
We Are MA: Communication Design
MA Communication Design student Richard Wood shares his experience of study at NUA.