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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Winchester

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    30-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

MA Communication Design is the study of information and interface design. This course is research driven and combines creativity, critical analysis of contemporary media, with knowledge of the latest methodologies and tools.

A focus on digital media practice and theory sets this course apart from traditional communication design courses, preparing you for an exciting career in a range of design roles. We’ll encourage you to explore systems for the making and communication of text and image while you redefine your own practice through various media formats of experimental publishing and interaction design.

This course is for recent graduates or those with professional experience who wish to extend their creative skills and design knowledge into hybrid publishing, user experience design, and design research.

The core curriculum is practice based, supported by workshops, lectures and both individual and group tutorials. In our modern, well-equipped studios you’ll learn how to develop effective concepts and prototypes for current and emergent platforms, informed by graphic design and user experience design principles.

Throughout this master’s you’ll have opportunities to:

  • build your own tools through creative coding and modular design experimentation
  • take field trips to London and across Europe
  • use excellent facilities like the Interaction and Prototyping Laboratory, 3D printing and laser cutting as well as traditional design and print equipment
  • learn from academics with industry experience in graphic design, interaction design and design for experimental media
  • create a portfolio of high-quality design work

Towards the end of the course you'll carry out a practice-led research project, which is an exciting opportunity for you to engage with key debates shaping the communication design field.

Careers

Throughout the course you’ll generate a portfolio of work based on your areas of interest and build on professional skills needed for employment, starting your own businesses, or carrying out further research.

Our Excel Southampton placement programme can also give you potential opportunities to collaborate on external projects and undertake work placement positions.

You can use this master’s to build or further a career in digital and media design roles including:

  • digital or graphic designer
  • web designer,
  • user experience designer
  • mobile designer
  • digital product developer
  • brand/content manager
  • visual or digital publisher
  • project manager
  • artworker
  • interaction or front end designer

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,850per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

  • University League Table

    17th

  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton welcomes students from over 130 countries, including more than 7,450 EU and international students.
There are a wide range of support programmes to help students prepare for learning in a British academic environment and meet English language requirements.
Every September there is a free welcome programme for international and EU students, designed to help students settle into life in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    13th out of 97 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 190
    138 68%

    20th

    5
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    67 67%

    33rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.23 85%

    7th

    2

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