12 months
21000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Communication Design MA course offered by the University of Southampton 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.


Course Details

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 Communication Design MA course offered by the University of Southampton 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.

Career Opportunities

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  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional and Academic Skills (Practice)
  • Design and New Media
  • Sustainability in Business and Design
  • Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Digital Cultures
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Experimental Publishing
  • Exploring the Visual Language of Display
  • Global Marketing
  • Visual Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You’ll need a minimum of a 2:2 degree in a design, communication, or media subject. Or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the university.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £21,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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