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Communication Design (MA)

Award
Master of Arts
Typical Offer
2:2 degree View full entry requirements
Duration
1 year
Course Type
Full-time
Campus
Winchester
Next course starts
January 2021

COVID-19: we have updated the start date for this course

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.

We are no longer taking applications for January 2021. Explore our range of related courses.

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.

Course lead

The course lead for our Communication Design master’s course is Danny Aldred. Danny is a visual artist and experienced commercial graphic designer. His current practice centres on publishing as creative practice with a focus on the artist book. His own publishing projects have been chosen for numerous international exhibitions, events and collections including the V&A Museum, Whitechapel Gallery, Freies Museum in Berlin and Printed Matter in New York. He is a passionate educator who believes in the transformative ability of education.

Course location

This course is based at Winchester.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.