Birmingham City University - VISUAL COMMUNICATION - MA

Birmingham City University


Our MA Visual Communication course is interdisciplinary and specialist in approach, reflecting the dynamic and contemporary practices within the creative industries. We create innovators and leaders in the field of visual communication, challenging and stimulating you to produce original, cutting edge work and research.

The structure of our course is designed with imaginative approaches to visual practice in the creative industries.


You’ll be able to specialise in one of the following areas (indicated in brackets), all under the single named award of MA Visual Communication.

  • MA Visual Communication
  • MA Visual Communication (Photography)
  • MA Visual Communication (Graphic Communication)
  • MA Visual Communication (Illustration)
  • MA Visual Communication (Film and Animation)

As a creative practitioner you are inspired to create and engage with industry alongside taught elements. Throughout the course you will have the chance to develop deep specialist knowledge in graphic communication, photography, illustration, film and animation, and research. The course provides an immersive and advanced learning experience for both advanced practitioners and recent graduates within the broad field of visual communication.

Our visual communication Master's course is designed to provide you with the best possible chance to further your skills and widen your knowledge of the communication arts and industries. The programme is rooted in practice, teaching you interdisciplinary design and research processes.

The variety of subjects covered within this degree allows you to receive guidance in forming a more specific interest for Master's level study. Whether you have a definitive subject in mind, or you have a broader interest in the study of visual communication, the programme is both interdisciplinary and specialist in approach, echoing the dynamic changes within its related industries.

As a school we have strong industry connections which include live partnerships and collaborative projects. We have ongoing dynamic dialogues with international players in the creative industries. These leading professionals have provided us with direct feedback, identifying our programmes as world-class models of creative education and fully supporting contemporary practice in an international context.

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree (2:2 and above) in a closely related subject, equivalent qualifications or professional experience.

As part of your application please include the following:

  • Highlight any competition entries and live projects, exhibitions, collaborations (if applicable).
  • Highlight any evidence of industry experience (if applicable).
  • Produce an essay or other written assignment, which demonstrates your ability to conduct research related to art and design and shows your knowledge of historical or contemporary creative practice.

IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands.

Career Prospects

Enhancing Employability Skills

This course enables you to develop your practice within the field of visual communication. You will do so through a range of relective learning methods that will enhance advanced subject knowledge, developing your creative and innovative thinking, critical awareness and analytical practice. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research and advanced scholarship.

You will establish a deep and clear understanding of how meaning is constructed with visual communication, across a range of media. You will acquire the skill and knowledge to produce meaningful and creative visual work within your own specialism.

Course Details

The MA in Visual Communication course is designed for full-time students, spanning over one year and consisting of three semesters over a 15-week period. The course focuses on design thinking processes, including research, analysis, evaluation, creativity, craft, and production across all specialisms within visual communication. Students will have the opportunity to participate in Research & Development labs, which have been developed through partnerships with organizations, practitioners, and industry. These labs enable learning, teaching, research, innovation, and professional development within visual communication.
Learning will involve a critical understanding of practice, systematic media analysis, and the determination of key practice-based principles. Students will also establish evaluative criteria and apply their knowledge to practice. The School of Visual Communication encourages a sense of community, using a single room for meetings, teaching, lectures, workshops, and group work. The support of a learning community encourages risk-taking and innovation in work.
Master's students will engage with external associates and develop strategies to implement research and craft skills. The program is delivered by a dedicated team of experienced staff, including academics, creative practitioners, and in-house staff, who provide industry knowledge, research opportunities, skills, and influence. Once students establish their specialist area of visual communication, they will receive specialized support from expert individuals within the School.

Course Moduels

• Analytical and Creative Practice
• Contextual and Professional Practice
• Didactic Presentation in Specialism
• Major Project

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules.
• Dissemination: Case Study in Specialism
• Collaborative Practice

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