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Visual Communication, M.A.

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  • 12 months
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MA Visual Communication programme at Solent University Southampton is ideally suited to students who wish to better understand the academic theory that underpins a range of visual mediums.

About

MA Visual Communication programme at Solent University Southampton helps students to improve their creative skills and build a solid understanding of visual communications theory. The curriculum covers the latest innovations in visual practice, examining the way technological and cultural changes contributed to contemporary academic thinking. 

Topics of study include editorial design; art direction; interactive multimedia; information design; image creation; illustration; typographic design; print-making and photographic technique. Students may have workshop sessions with the letterpress, screen-printing, etching and relief printing facilities, as well as the wet darkroom and photo studio. Depending on their creative background, graduates will be well prepared for a range of careers in the creative industries.

Critical research papers and final master’s projects are supported by the University’s expanding research base, encouraging students to make an innovative contribution to visual communication academia.

Career

This master’s degree delivers the skills you’ll need for a wide range of visual design fields including animation, art direction, web design, publishing, branding and typography. The course includes time to develop hands-on creative skills. Students are encouraged to create work for their professional portfolio.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Design consultancy
  • Publishing industry
  • Advertising – agency side
  • Multidisciplinary design  
  • Web design
  • Television
  • Film and multimedia
  • Freelance practice
  • App design. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Visual Communication Practice
  • Digital Media
  • Professional Practice
  • Master’s Project
  • Masters Project Development and Proposal.

Audience

Aimed at those with a relevant honours degree, or with extensive experience in marketing, design or digital fields, this master’s degree is well-suited to those who are looking to develop their career into art direction, web design, publishing or branding.

Lecturers

  • Julie Beattie
  • Brian Reed
  • Chris Venables
  • Steve Lannin

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Alternatively, applicants may be considered with industry experience in one or more areas of the advertising, marketing, design or a related field.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12875 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12875 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7160 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7160 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £3,580 per year

Living costs for Southampton

  • 697 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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