MA Communication Design

Explore skills in creativity, problem-solving, strategic thinking, design research and technology to offer innovative communication solutions.

BETASpace by Jenil Buria

BETASpace by Jenil Buria

BETASpace by Jenil Buria

BETASpace by Jenil Buria

The Ravensbourne MA Communication Design pathway explores skills in creativity and problem-solving using technology to offer innovative communication solutions. Analytical skills, strategic and conceptual thinking are developed to achieve successfully targeted messages to the recipient.

This broad-ranging discipline is concerned not only with developing the message and its aesthetic, but also with creating new media channels to ensure the message reaches its target audience effectively.

The pathway has been developed in response to industry demand for creative professionals with specialist design skills and in-depth understanding of emerging technologies within the digital media and design industries. Communication designers commonly work across a wide range of areas, invariably offering a 360° approach to design delivery that requires collaboration with specialists for aspects of a project.

As technology has become more prevalent, design has assumed more importance and therefore communication designers need to be able to continuously offer new creative ideas to meet client needs.

You will also develop your own specialism, as well as collaborating with students on other postgraduate pathways, through rigorous analysis, experimentation and the practical testing and implementation of ideas.

Ravensbourne is the ideal place for you to develop your own design practice through collaboration and prepare for high level professional practice. You will benefit from the input and insights of professional designers working within the strategic and future-thinking communication design business.

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Meet the team

Prof. Jeremy Gardiner

Dr. Brigitta Zics

Peter Smith

Head of
Department of
Postgraduate Studies

Deputy Head of
Department of
Postgraduate Studies

Subject leader:
MA Communication Design

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Paul Sternberg

Dr. Nicholas Lambert

Prof. Jeremy Barr

Head of Design: Innovation

Head of Research

Associate Dean: Production

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Joshua Griffin

Peter Todd

Alberto Villanueva

Workshop leader: Unity3D

Workshop leader: Games & VR

Sessional lecturer: Critical practice

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Nurdan Kocasoy's story

After studying industrial design for my first degree, I worked as a designer on children and teenager's furniture; later I moved into graphic design, and thereafter I worked as a visual display designer. These roles combined a journey encompassing both 2D and 3D.

Ravensbourne was the ideal place for me as it is in London - the design capital – and it’s in a fantastic new building.

I’m very happy on the course: I’ve been able to combine 2D and 3D in my projects; in my final project I am developing paper folding techniques into packaging for the fashion brand Issey Miyake.

There have been lots of group projects and this was a good way of collaborating with my course colleagues.

My ambition is to work in both graphic and product design related projects, based, hopefully, in London.

About this course


1 year full time/ 2 years part time


Tuition fee and Scholarship/bursary information

Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent non-UK qualifications) in a relevant subject, or an equivalent professional qualification in a related subject area.

If you are applying directly from an undergraduate degree course without experience or professional practice you must be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of your chosen subject area.

In order to be eligible for a course, you will need to be a competent speaker and writer of English. This also applies if you are from the European Union, or if you're from a country outside the EU. You will need a level of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each section.

Programme specification
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Course structure

  1. Technology Issues – Within the Technology Issues unit, students will engage with 3 5-week project cycles that will allow them to explore ways of communicating and visualising concepts for data and information through appropriate media channels in order to reach a designated audience. These units are structured to encourage students to engage collaboratively with fellow students.
  2. Business and Innovation – Taught during the term prior to the Major Project Unit this unit helps students develop and understanding of business and innovative practices in the creative industries. It supports communication design students in turning their ideas and skills into viable market propositions and long term business plans.
  3. Research Process – This unit provides the grounding for research and development skills needed for students’ individual projects. 
  4. Concept and Prototyping – allows students to further develop their skills, to identify a specialist area related to communication design and to pursue a single line of inquiry, idea or theory embedded in communication design and research and develop (investigate, challenge and test) the concept.
  5. Major project - The Major Project represents the culmination of students’ investigation and the final stage of the research strategy. This is a substantial piece of self-managed work that is underpinned by advanced practice-based methodologies and processes.