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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Communication Design

Course type


Course Summary

During this course, students will learn moving image and sound to questions of brand management and publishing, you’ll stretch your skills and ambition as a postgraduate student at NUA. As you develop your own voice and practice through experimentation, you’ll also have the chance to critically examine key design and communication issues such as sustainability, new technology, new audiences and markets, inclusivity and ethics. NUA is a centre of design expertise, with students and graduates winning competitions of national and international import, including coveted D&AD Pencils and the RSA Howarth Award. Graduates of our MA Communication Design Masters degree can be found leading global agencies. Your own career prospects will be greatly enhanced by having the chance to research, test and communicate your design ideas in professional and ‘real world’ contexts – all under expert tuition and making use of industry standard resources.

Graduates work in a broad range of careers including: Graphic/Web Design; Art Directing; Brand Strategy/Design; Desktop Publishing; Design Consultancy; Editorial Design; Marketing; Packaging Design; Advertising; Studio Management; Teaching/Lecturing; Research/PhD Study. As you grow your expertise in critical aspects of communication design you’ll have the chance to explore areas including graphic design, graphic communication, illustration, information design, interactive communication, multimedia and typography.

Different course options

Full time | Norwich University of the Arts | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The Masters Project is an opportunity for you to engage in a sustained period of self- directed study. You will complete a Masters Project Proposal Form at the start of the unit which should identify: current practice and research in the relevant field of study, an analysis of intended research methodology, an outline of ideas and/or creative intentions, the proposed format and method of communication for the work. Guidance will be provided on how to draft the Proposal Form and tutors will support you to formulate a programme of work that is appropriately challenging and reflects the expectations of this unit which is the culmination of your Masters study. Tutorials, seminars and critiques will provide opportunities to critically reflect on progress through discussion with tutors and your peers. Continuing to develop skills in proactivity and resourcefulness that were encouraged in the SelfNegotiated Unit, the Masters? Project helps you to extend your understanding and engagement with the creative industries associated with your practice. You will be expected to nurture links with businesses, institutions and individuals whose work relates to your own and to negotiate sponsorship and collaborations as appropriate to your project and discipline.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved a BA (Hons) / BSc Degree of 2:1 or above (or its equivalent), in a subject related to your proposed course of study.

University information

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is one of the great British art schools: a specialist arts, design and media university that draws on more than 170 years of history but with a focus on the future. Postgraduate students come to NUA from diverse backgrounds and with a range of hopes for their future. But they share a passion for creativity. They share a pioneering spirit and determination to explore their creative practice. PG study at...more