Communication Design at University of Plymouth - UCAS

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Course summary

The MA Communication Design is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme focused on creative approaches to the visual communication and publishing disciplines, encompassing contemporary practices around the creation and commercial distribution of text and image content for print, spatial and digital media. The programme aims to support students in developing proficiency in their chosen pathway, through both a strategic response to project briefs as well as a capacity to realise final artefacts, whilst developing professional and critical approaches to their work. Students’ learning will be set in an explorative methodology in response to the changing nature of the disciplinary (and more broadly, the creative) industries, the changing nature of communication practices and technologies, and broader shifting cultural, economic, ecological, political, and social conditions and demands. The expected graduate profile would include critical thinkers with an industry ready portfolio and suite of skills, who are aware of the creative industry employment opportunities, both nationally and internationally. During the student journey, students will have the benefit of being introduced to three different creative subjects under one pedagogical umbrella. As lectures, seminars, studio work and coursework all progress, students will be supported in how to select a project compatible to their career aspirations, as their interests develop. The breadth of the topics covered ensures a grounding in Graphic Design, Illustration and Publishing, enabling students to go on to specialise during the degree. Graduates will be prepared for creative industry employment and further study.


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How to apply

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit for more information. Once you have applied, your conditional offer letter will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in ( A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a related subject e.g. Illustration, Publish or Graphic Design (or similar design-related discipline such as Art, Creative Writing, Digital Media), or a lower second, combined with evidence of the potential to achieve at Level 7, through the presentation of a strong portfolio of creative work. Suitable references from previous academic institutions and/or employers. English Language Requirement equivalent to 6.5 IELTS with a minimum 5.5 in all four components. Please check the University of Plymouth English Language Requirements website for additional information and equivalent recognised qualifications. It is recommended, but not essential, that applicants can demonstrate work experience in a related professional sector

Fees and funding

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Communication Design at University of Plymouth - UCAS