Visual Communication*

MA

2017 entry

Visual Communication explores the mechanisms for conveying messages and meaning through a diverse range of media. From the hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt to the complexity of contemporary app design, the power of visual communication has been harnessed by businesses, organisations and individuals for millennia. Our MA Visual Communication course is designed to prepare you for the contemporary professional world, helping you develop a confident design voice and create an outstanding portfolio of work.

On our course, you’ll be encouraged to develop new skills to strengthen and inform your design practice, and you’ll gain an understanding of the skill sets required for print, motion, and digital design. You’ll also have the opportunity to enhance your practice in the areas needed to become a creative leader and go on to a career within the broad field of visual communication, which includes areas such as print media, interaction design, motion design, web design, exhibition design and advertising.

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Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts:

September 2017

Campus:

UCA Canterbury

Course overview:

We believe that the most successful designers are cultural innovators who, through their practice, inform, persuade and entertain. MA Visual Communication is designed to help you develop a voice as an author and innovator and to equip you with the skills and knowledge to identify and solve design problems within cross-disciplinary environments. You’ll learn to approach design as an agent of change – a strategy for positively transforming behaviours in desirable and sustainable ways.

Using our dedicated studio spaces and independent study areas, you’ll develop your own style and design voice. You’ll learn through of a range of lectures, project briefs, workshops, written assignments, group critiques and individual tutorials.

Led by experienced professional designers with connections at the highest level of the industry, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate on a diverse range of projects with other members of our unique creative community.

Course content - 2017 entry

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Defining your practice

    This unit is concerned with the exploration of creative practice in order to inform the detailed development of your project proposal for the following phases of the course of the course. The unit aims to provide a structured framework to allow you to investigate the potential of methods, ideas and themes in your discipline as well as helping inform and locate your practice.

  • Context and Method

    Through a series of lectures and seminars the unit provides an overview of a range of current debates that provide a cultural and intellectual context for the consideration of ideas in visual communication and encourages your active engagement with them. The programme addresses inter-disciplinary issues through the discussion of theory and the consideration of specific design-led work and texts.

During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Project Development

    In this unit you will develop the themes and focus of your final project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study. At this stage of the course the development of your project will be guided and questioned through tutorials, group critiques and presentations, which will support the progress of your work and provide rigorous critical appraisal from staff, peers and professional practitioners. Whilst encouraging the continued exploration and questioning of your ideas, you will continue the process of developing appropriate methods and strategies for your project’s realisation as you begin to work more independently as a researcher and practitioner, refining your research questions and the research methods you are using.

In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Realisation and Dissemination

    In this unit you will apply knowledge and experience gained in previous units to the realisation of your final MA project. This Project Realisation is the culmination and consolidation of your studies in the form of a resolved piece, or body of work. Your final realisation of your MA project should show coherence and innovation at a professional level of resolution. You will also be required to prepare a critical paper that is intended to reflect upon the specific practical outcome of the MA project, its interpretation and its success as a demonstration of your approach to creative practice through research.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

Facilities

Our range of equipment and technical support enables specialist and professional-grade work, whilst also encouraging experimental and speculative approaches to making.

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

How to apply - 2017 entry

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Entry requirements - 2017 entry:

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Your portfolio

We'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio, and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included, will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

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