MA Communication Design

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This course has been developed in response to industry demand for creative professionals with specialist design skills. 

Communication Design helps you to think creatively about design problems and use technology to offer innovative 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 aesthetics, but also creating new media channels to ensure the message reaches its target audience effectively.

As technology has become more prevalent, design has assumed more importance and professionals need to be able to offer new ideas to meet client needs. You will develop your own specialism, as well as collaborating with students on other postgraduate pathways, through rigorous analysis, experimentation and practical testing. You will benefit from the input of professional designers working within the future-thinking design industry.

Communication designers commonly work across a wide range of areas, offering a 360° collaborative approach to design delivery.

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Course details



1 year full time/ 2 years part time

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Validating body
University of the Arts London (UAL)

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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Postgraduate applications and enquiries: postgrad@rave.ac.uk

What your course will look like

unit 1: Technology Issues In the Technology Issues unit you will have the opportunity to prototype ideas and engage with industry standard processes, techniques and technology relevant to communication design.

unit 2: Research Process This unit provides the grounding for research and development skills needed for students’ individual projects.

unit 3: Business and Innovation 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.

unit 4: Concept and Prototyping This 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 the concept.

unit 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.

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. Nurdan Kocasoy, graduate

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