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As a student in the MA Advertising, Branding and Communication course at the University of West London, you will become a strategic thinker and communicator to create cutting edge advertising, brand and design campaigns. Read more
As a student in the MA Advertising, Branding and Communication course at the University of West London, you will become a strategic thinker and communicator to create cutting edge advertising, brand and design campaigns. We build your understanding of brand communication, professional graphic design, advertising strategy and creativity to help prepare you for your future career.

Communication is at the centre of the way we live our lives. Today's communication systems and tools are complex, sophisticated and extremely powerful. However, the usefulness of these systems and tools depends on those who know how best to use them creatively and strategically.

As consumers become more knowledgeable and knowing, we must create the right kind of conversation. Advertising, Branding and Communication is lightning fast - responding to consumer needs, aspirations, and trends, in highly innovative relational and meaningful ways.

This course has a vocational focus, giving you the professional experience required to kick-start your career after graduation.

Course detail

This course delivers in-depth, real time real-world real-value education. You will:
• work industry hours, at industry pace and on industry projects and internships
• learn to research, apply and present design innovation, brand narrative with mentored design partnerships/teams on industry set briefs
• have the opportunity to collaborate across other post graduate courses delivered in the London School of Film Media and Design and the London School of Music
• gain specialist skills and knowledge in your course
• gain insight and professional practice from working alongside students
• explore a range of evolutionary and revolutionary processes
• build a professional understanding of today's competitive global environments related to design, advertising processes and the management of communication
• develop your own project driven by your new knowledge.

Format

Postgraduate taught courses are taught through a range of:
• Lectures
• Seminars
• industry visits group tutorials.

Career and study progression

Upon graduation, you can work as a brand designer, account handler, graphic communication designer or idea strategist, making your creative mark in the demanding worlds of branding or advertising. You will bring your knowledge of contemporary innovation and brand strategy to a range of industry projects.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you’ve already studied, or to explore something new.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

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Looking at the multiple audiences that brands must address, this master's degree covers the core subjects of strategic brand management, stakeholder communication and theories, brand analytics, and e-marketing and digital strategies across fields as diverse as city, region and nation branding, corporate and organisational branding, innovation-driven marketing, and sonic branding. Read more
Looking at the multiple audiences that brands must address, this master's degree covers the core subjects of strategic brand management, stakeholder communication and theories, brand analytics, and e-marketing and digital strategies across fields as diverse as city, region and nation branding, corporate and organisational branding, innovation-driven marketing, and sonic branding.

Why study MA Strategic Branding and Stakeholder Communication at Middlesex?

An in-depth immersion in multiple facets of branding, including areas such as strategic brand-building, sonic branding and digital marketing, is facilitated by a team of academics who are experts in the field of branding. The teaching team is led by senior lecture and top place branding academic Dr Keith Dinnie, author of the world’s first academic textbook on the topic of nation branding. The course is designed for students who have just completed an undergraduate degree and who wish to specialise in branding, as well as professionals currently working in marketing, who want to further their careers in the industry.

Being situated in London means you will be in a city that is a global hub for the branding, advertising and design industries, as well as learning in a highly cosmopolitan and diverse campus environment here at Middlesex. You will be studying with other like-minded marketing professionals and recent marketing graduates, helping you to develop a professional network and enhance the skills and knowledge required for a branding role whether client-side or agency-side.

Course Highlights

Learn from academics such as Dr Keith Dinnie and Dr Pantea Foroudi who are experts in the field of branding.
The integration of a stakeholder perspective into strategic brand management
An innovative and diverse set of optional modules, including City, Region and Nation Branding, Innovation-Driven Marketing and Sonic Branding

Course content

What will you study on the MA Strategic Branding and Stakeholder Communication?
The course begins by providing the core subjects of branding, focusing on strategy, stakeholders and communication, so as to embed a core understanding of the field. With this core knowledge you will progress onto two compulsory modules into the essential topics of analytics and digital, as well as two further optional modules which allow you to extend your understanding in areas of particular interest. Finally you will complete a dissertation project on a topic of interest that you select.

Modules

Strategic Brand Management (30 Credits) - Compulsory
Stakeholder and Communication Theory (30 Credits) - Compulsory
Brand Analytics: Methods and Strategies (15 Credits) - Compulsory
Digital Marketing (15 Credits) - Compulsory
City, Region and Nation Branding (15 Credits) - Optional
Corporate and Organisational Branding (15 Credits) - Optional
Innovation-Driven Marketing (15 Credits) - Optional
Sonic Branding (15 Credits) - Optional
Research Methods and Dissertation (60 Credits)
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MA Strategic Branding and Stakeholder Communication taught?

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and guest speakers to both enhance knowledge and encourage engagement with topics through discussion with academics and peers. Learning is also supported by online material and you will also engage in self-directed study.

Assessment
You will receive feedback on your work and modes of assessment will primarily focus on individual and group coursework, as well as your dissertation project.

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The Master in Corporate Communication is partnered with LABCOM (Research Lab on Corporate Communication) at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Read more
The Master in Corporate Communication is partnered with LABCOM (Research Lab on Corporate Communication) at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

Learning objectives

The Master will enhance the potential of young brilliant professionals to tackle all the complexities of communication management. Each module of the Master training is designed to strengthen the students chance to become a sought out professional in the communication field. The Master training is centered on the most current and significant strategic and operational issues of communication in all its business configurations, in order to make students acquire the professional, interpersonal, and language skills necessary to be effective communicators in organizations.

Career opportunities & professional recognition

The Master graduates will gain 360 degrees of communication knowledge of strategic and operational management of communication (marketing communications/brand management, accounting and strategic planning, interactive/social media communications and community management, corporate public relations, internal communications, stakeholder relations). The Master supports students’ career openings by:

● Empowering students’ self-branding capability organizing classes focused on effective resume writing, job interview training, teamwork advice, as well as diversity and cross-cultural management;

● Supporting encounters between students and professionals directly in the classroom. Many of the professors are top executives that may hire students for internships

● Involving students in field trips to companies and agencies;

● Challenging students with a real consultancy field project. An opportunity to take on the full responsibility in managing a project and delivering a result by activating the knowledge developed in the classroom. Consultancy projects are a realistic and direct bridge with potential employers;

● Sharing students’ profiles with the Master’s partner companies and business liaisons beyond partners;

● Partnering with Università Cattolica Stage and Placement Office which collects and posts job opportunities. Over the past editions, students have been hired for internships at: BMW, FIAT, Ketchum Inc., L’Oréal, Leo Burnett, Mediacom, MSL Group, Pandora, TBWA Worldwide, and Vizeum Spa.

Curriculum

The 4 E of the Master in Corporate Communication excellence:

Enriching
Learning objectives
● Setting the foundation of the profession
● Offering a conceptual overview of the disciplines which inform the practice
COURSES
● Corporate Communication (4 ECTS/CFU)
● Consumer & Industrial Marketing (4 ECTS/CFU)
● Consumer Behavior (3 ECTS/CFU)
● Stakeholder Relationship Management and Negotiation (4 ECTS/CFU)
● Communication Skills - (3 ECTS/CFU)
● Advanced English for Relationship Management (3 ECTS/CFU)
● Italian Language and Culture (3 ECTS/CFU)

Empowering
Learning objectives
● Nurturing the distinctive competences of the profession
● Challenging and sharpening the critical abilities to manage communication
COURSES
● Branding & Consumer-Brand Relationships (4 ECTS/CFU)
● Market Insights & Account Management (4 ECTS/CFU)
● Advertising Creative & Media Strategy (4 ECTS/CFU)
● Unconventional Interactive & Social Media Marketing Communications (4 ECTS/CFU)
● Corporate & Marketing Public Relations (4 ECTS/CFU)
● Retail Experience (4 ECTS/CFU)

Enhancing
Learning objectives
● Refining communication skills in specialty areas
● Strengthening analytical thinking to interpret markets and society
COURSES
● Business-to-Business Relationships (3 ECTS/CFU)
● Internal Communication & Employer Branding (3 ECTS/CFU)
● Qualitative & Quantitative Market Research (4 ECTS/CFU)
● Far East culture and language (3 ECTS/CFU)

Experiencing
Learning objectives
● Activating the competences acquired during in-class training
● Bridging Master studies and the profession
Tasks
● Creativity Lab
● Consultancy Field Project

Ongoing professional training
● Individual assessment interviews
● Self-branding sessions
● Team-working support
● Diversity management training
● Job interview simulation
● Field trips

Location

Milan boasts extraordinary beauty. The city has inspired the creativity behind some of the world’s iconic fashion and design labels. Milan is recognized as a fashion and design capital, and has a major global influence in commerce, industry, music, sport, literature, art, and media.

We support you

Students receive support through comput- ing platforms including teaching, discussion forum, group work and tutorship. There is a tutor tailored for every consultancy field project group. Within the program there is a strong involvement of student group works and meetings with companies.

Placement & career service

With 6,900 internship opportunities per year and over 7,100 local and international partner companies, Università Cattolica’s Career Service will help orientate students along the paths of research, internships and employment.

Our companies

Supporting Companies: Leo Burnett, MSL Group

Partner Companies: ABC Production Agency, Henkel, International Advertising Association, Intesa Sanpaolo, Italian Brand Factory, Iterion, Mediacom, MSL Group, TBWA, Vizeum Aegis Media Group, We are social

Consultancy projects: Google, Disney, Leo Burnett, Lovable, Mars, MSL, Vizeum, 3M (previous editions of the Master)

Liaisons companies: Coop, Ecor Naturasi, Heineken, Lego (involved in class presentations and assignments).

Scholarships

All scholarships are assigned on a merit basis and will be mostly given to students who apply by the priority deadline. Some scholarships may also target specific geographic regions.

Scholarship value: €4000

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The MA in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) is designed for students who want to focus their energy on the dynamic world of social media, develop their creative practice and professional writing skills or are looking to work in an entrepreneurial environment.

Key Features of Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR)

The MA in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) offers syllabus-based practice in professional, contemporary media skills, taught by industry professionals with academic backgrounds. The Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) programme includes modules in Professional Writing/Journalism, Visual Communications and Media Design, Video and Documentary Making and Public Relations (PR), Branding and Promotion. Other modules in communication, theory, film and history are also available.

The Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) programme allows graduates to add valuable and desirable professional media skills for careers in business, journalism, public and media relations, broadcasting, advertising and marketing and industry professionals to acquire new media skills and qualifications that will enhance their continuing professional development.

The full-time MA in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) course is split across the year with three modules offered in each academic semester (a total of six modules in part one) and then a dissertation or professional media practice project over the summer (part two).

The part two component allows students in the Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) programme to either write a 16,000 word dissertation or undertake the professional media project which incorporates the practical elements of the course and a short unpaid work placement.

MA in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) Aims

To research and develop stories in an online, multi-media environment.
To present the principles, theories and techniques surrounding video making.
To develop practical skills and conceptual knowledge of digital publishing, visual communication and media design.
To provide a critical overview of the role of public relations (PR) and promotional practice.
To develop writing skills in a wide range of genres.

Modules

Modules on the MA in in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) typically include:

• Visual Communication and Media Design
• Video and Documentary Making
• Public Relations (PR), Branding and Promotion
• Reporting Terrorism
• Global Media
• Risk Reporting
• The Business and Politics of Digital Media
• Development Communications
• Online Journalism
• The Digital Edge

Careers

Career expectations are excellent for Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) graduates. Media Companies, non-profit organisations, global business, government and the public sector value the fact that our Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) Graduates have developed a range of critical and theoretical abilities and a creative and innovative approach to media practice. Our Graduates go on to work in business, marketing and Public Relations (PR), journalism, broadcasting, web-design, advertising, publicity, arts and cultural bodies.

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Our Marketing MSc develops your understanding of both the theory and practice of marketing to an advanced level. It applies marketing theory to real-world situations through case studies and employer-based projects, and covers such areas as research methodologies, marketing planning and strategy. Read more

Course overview:

Our Marketing MSc develops your understanding of both the theory and practice of marketing to an advanced level.

It applies marketing theory to real-world situations through case studies and employer-based projects, and covers such areas as research methodologies, marketing planning and strategy.

Throughout the course, you will be taught by a team of highly qualified, research-active lecturers with a wealth of commercial experience. They will give you a chance to put your skills into practice and gather the kind of practical knowledge that employers are looking for.

At the end of the first term, you have the option to specialise in one of three subdisciplines: branding and communication, international marketing or social marketing. Your choice will be reflected in your degree title (eg Marketing (Branding and Communication) MSc) and affect the type of career that the degree opens up for you.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the world's largest organisation for professional marketers.

Course content:

Core modules:
- Moving to Masters
- Critical Developments in Marketing Theory and Practice
- Marketing Planning and Strategy
- Marketing Research I: quantitative methods
- Marketing Research II: qualitative methods
- Dissertation

Choose two options from:
- International Marketing
- Branding and Communications
- Social Marketing
- Behavioural Economics
- Digital Marketing
- New Product Development

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Gain the expertise to operate within a global economy and develop your writing and presentation skills to engage with audiences across the world. Read more
Gain the expertise to operate within a global economy and develop your writing and presentation skills to engage with audiences across the world.

The use of the internet, mobile technology and social media has had a huge impact on our lives and the way we communicate ? information is quite literally available at our fingertips and word of mouth is spreading faster than ever before. This trend is leading to a greater demand for communication professionals who can plan strategic PR campaigns and implement social media and viral campaigns in order to drive businesses forward in this digital age.

You will be paired with an experienced mentor, who will offer valuable advice on the industry, your future career and the latest developments in the field. You will undertake a live public relations consultancy project for a client.

You will also have the option to undertake a work placement in your second semester.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/prandstrategiccommunication_ma

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

With guidance from your mentor and backed by the experiences gleaned from your work placement and real-life project, your career prospects will be significantly strengthened. A study abroad option will enable you to undertake part of your studies at a partner university in Europe. These opportunities will help you build a strong CV for a career in PR and strategic communication. Job roles for our graduates could include public relations manager, communications manager, press officer, media relations manager, internal communications manager and social media manager.

- Digital Communications Manager
- Communications Manager
- Head of Media Relations
- Social Media Account Manager

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Your employability will be enhanced by a three-step system - a work placement, real-life project and through guidance from your mentor. A study abroad option enables you to undertake part of your studies at a partner university in Europe and these opportunities will help you build a strong CV for a career in PR and corporate communication.

This course forms part of our Leeds Business School which has been at the forefront of public relations education, both nationally and internationally, since 1990. We are a centre for excellence for public relations and communications teaching in the UK and Europe and our academics have substantial professional experience in the subject. The late Alan Rawel, who was Head of Education at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), described us as 'one of the leading university PR departments in Europe'.

The bestselling textbook 'Exploring Public Relations' is edited by our very own Prof Ralph Tench and Liz Yeomans, with chapters written by members of our subject group. It is now in its second edition and has been adopted as a standard text by many universities all over the world as well as by the CIPR professional courses.

Our strong relationships with employers and professionals give you the opportunity to do a placement with PR consultancies and in-house PR departments. A study abroad option enables you to undertake part of your studies at a partner university in Europe. These opportunities will help you build a strong CV for a career in PR and corporate communication.

Core Modules

Corporate Communication in an Intercultural Context
Examine the role of cultural factors in the management of corporate communications, combining the fields of corporate relations functions and specialist areas of corporate communication.

Digital Communication Management
Gain an understanding of the changing landscape in digital communication and develop the tools for managing personal and corporate reputation.

Dissertation
You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Public Relations Skills
Develop the core skills required to be a public relations professional, including planning, presentation and writing.

Strategic Communication Planning & Management
Gain an understanding and awareness of the strategic nature of communication, its role as a management function, and the contribution it makes to the achievement of business objectives.

Option Modules

Communications Audit
Develop your critical awareness of communications audits and their function in a consultancy setting. Working in a team alongside your peers, you will audit an aspect of internal or external communications for a live client. You will understand how to use auditing to improve an organisation's business performance, especially in relation to its communications activity.

Global Business Environment
You will analyse the political, social, legal and technological relationships between businesses in the global external environment. Additionally you will explore issues including sustainable development, competitive advantage of nations, global responsibility and citizenship in relation to the function of business globally.

International Marketing - Emerging Markets
Develop an in-depth understanding of the dynamics and specifics of the BRIC markets (Brazil, Russia, India & China) as examples of the numerous country markets now identified as emerging.

Marketing Communications Strategy
Gain a strategic understanding of how marketing communications tools, media, content, audiences and brands interact. Your knowledge will underpin your understanding of the way in which marketing communications strategy works with branding principles.

Work Placement
You will develop your personal, intellectual and professional skills throughout your placement. Your portfolio and your reflective report will be based on the practical application of theories and ideas you have studied, explored in the context of your placement organisation.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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This course provides a collaborative learning environment where you develop creative and strategic skills in fashion management and communication. Read more
This course provides a collaborative learning environment where you develop creative and strategic skills in fashion management and communication. You work within your selected area and enhance your ability to work confidently and independently across subject boundaries.

The course is designed for students who have previous experience in fashion design, management or communication at undergraduate level or in industry. You continue your education, enhance your professional skills and improve your understanding of how to manage a fashion business from concept to customer. It is ideal for dynamic individuals looking to succeed within the industry at the highest level.

You focus on gaining the skills to work as a fashion manager within the increasingly complex fashion exchange. This includes decision making, interpreting target needs and converting these needs into opportunities by bringing together: product; distribution; branding; marketing; communication and service.

You also enhance your knowledge of the changing online and physical fashion world, including the merging of retail, communication, technology and customer experience. This involves exploring new innovations in fashion management and communication and helps you define your own personal approach.

The course is driven by original thinking, innovation and change. You learn to lead thinking and practice in fashion management and communication by challenging current theories.

Throughout the course there is recognition of the wide reaching roles in the fashion industry and of the fact that practitioners are increasingly finding positions in non-traditional professions.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/ma-fashion-management-and-communication

Vibrant and supportive learning environment

As a student on this course you are part of the Sheffield Institute of Art (SIA) postgraduate community, giving you access to creative networks and the chance to work on live industry projects. You also benefit from the active postgraduate community across the University which offers exciting opportunities for subject discussion and collaboration.

Research-led expertise

Your learning is enhanced by the expertise of our staff, who are high-profile academics and industry professionals working within the University’s Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC). Our Research and Innovation Office (RIO) takes an active part in engaging you in research, knowledge transfer and live projects, ensuring you gain a global and industry-relevant perspective.

Course structure

Full time – 1 year continuous. Starts September.

Semester One
-Theory supporting practice
-Fashion brand management and communication

Semester Two
-Fashion trend prediction
-Product development
-Optional study including live industry briefs

Final Semester
-Final project: written or practical

Assessment: 100% coursework.

Other admission requirements

If you don't have a design or management background, we will consider your application providing you can clearly articulate informed reasons for wanting to complete the course. This must be done through a PDF document that includes a CV and written statement outlining why you are suitable for the course, supported by fashion and design images, graphics and other visual material. See course description for further admission details. Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

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Do you have an eye for design? Would you like to help influence the future of visual communications? Southampton Solent University’s MA Visual Communication programme is ideally suited to students who wish to better understand the academic theory that underpins a range of visual mediums. Read more

Overview

Do you have an eye for design? Would you like to help influence the future of visual communications? Southampton Solent University’s MA Visual Communication programme is ideally suited to students who wish to better understand the academic theory that underpins a range of visual mediums.

- Students study the essential academic theories that seek to explain how we understand visual messages.
- The teaching team maintain strong links with industry, providing students with the chance to participate in live briefs, networking events, and guest lectures.
- The course includes time to develop hands-on creative skills. Students are encouraged to create work for their professional portfolio.
- Visual communication at Southampton Solent is taught by a team of professional designers with strong ties to industry.
- Students will have access to a range of specialist facilities throughout their studies. These include Mac computers, professional creative software, digital printing facilities and traditional printing presses.
- Students are invited to pitch for freelance work at Solent Creatives, our on-campus creative agency. These projects involve real businesses and are perfect for portfolio development.
- Tutors encourage students to work in groups with those from other creative disciplines, mirroring industry practices.
- Students will work on competition briefs for organisations such as the Design & Art Directors Association (D&AD) and the Young Creative Network (YCN).

The industry -

Figures released in 2015 by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport suggest that the UK’s creative industries are now worth more than £76.9 billion per year to the UK economy – that’s more than £8.8m per hour. Businesses of all types and sizes make use of creative individuals to take corporate message and translate them into creative outputs that the public can enjoy and understand.

The programme -

This intensive master’s degree 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.

To help with creative projects and portfolio documentation, Southampton Solent provides a comprehensive media loans scheme. This scheme gives students free access to high-end photographic equipment and accessories.

Visual communication students have the chance to enter major industry awards schemes including those from D&AD and the Royal Society of the Arts. Work-orientated assignments will be offered alongside appropriate live projects from local and national organisations. There will also be opportunities to visit museums, galleries and design studios both nationally and internationally (at additional expense).

Course Content

Units include:

- Visual Communication Practice: Visual communication practice and specialisms such as editorial design, interactive multimedia, information design, image creation, book design and typographic design. Print-making and photographic techniques including letterpress, screen-printing, etching and relief printing, wet darkroom and photo studio practice.
- Web Design: The advantages and limitations of web design and its delivery across a range of devices, from desktop to mobile.
- Project Development: Developing the appropriate graphic design language to apply to your research findings.
- Research Methods:A précis of an article, a critical commentary of two book reviews, your own book review and a proposal for your critical research paper, with an annotated bibliography.
- Critical Research Paper: You’ll research and present an individual seminar, supported by a critical research paper which demonstrates an in-depth, comprehensive and detailed knowledge of your chosen area.
vMaster’s Project: On this final project you’ll bring all your skills together to design, execute and present an individually demanding piece of work that demonstrates systematic and in-depth understanding of your particular discipline of study.

Programme specification document - http://mycourse.solent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6152

Teaching, learning and assessment -

The course draws on a variety of teaching methods, including group critiques, individual tutorials, seminars and lectures, peer-learning, live projects and competitions, self-directed study and the use of reflective journals or log-books to express personal and professional development.

Work experience:

You’ll be able to engage directly with employers by organising your own work placement or work-based project, supported and encouraged by the course team as required.

Assessment:

You’ll have access to a full range of print-making facilities, including letterpress, screen-printing, etching and relief printing, alongside digital resources

Our facilities -

You’ll have access to a full range of print-making facilities including letterpress, screen-printing equipment, etching and relief printing, and digital resources.

Web-based learning -

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

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.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

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

Links with industry -

Through this course you’ll develop valuable and appropriate skillsets through engagement with the wider profession, design community and industry.

You’ll have the chance to enter major industry awards schemes, including those from D&AD and the Royal Society of the Arts. Work-orientated assignments will be offered alongside appropriate ‘live’ projects from local and national organisations. There will be opportunities to visit museums, galleries and design studios, both nationally and internationally, as part of the course.

Transferable skills -

Decision-making under pressure; visual, written and verbal communication skills; critical thinking; and presentation to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Further study -

There’s a chance of progression to further study, including a PhD, on successful completion of the course.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £6,695 per year

International full-time fees: £11,260 per year

UK and EU part-time fees: £3,350 per year

International part-time fees: £5,630 per year

Graduation costs -

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Think a career as a visual communicator might be for you? With expert teaching teams, regularly revised curriculums and strong links to industry, Southampton Solent University’s MA Visual Communications programme is the ideal next step towards a broad range of creative careers.

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Sophisticated politics involves communication, strategy and manipulation of the political agenda. This programme engages you in the practical issues of political delivery. Read more
Sophisticated politics involves communication, strategy and manipulation of the political agenda.

This programme engages you in the practical issues of political delivery. The areas of political communication, political leadership, strategy, crisis management, political branding, and public relations are all the leading vocational aspects of a developed academic understanding of politics and international relations. It is an area of growing importance that distinguishes our graduates as policy-relevant, engaged thinkers in the political arena.

- Extended programme

The extended programme allows students the opportunity to study their subject in greater detail, choosing a wider range of modules, and also provides the opportunity to spend one term at the Canterbury campus. The extended programme is ideal for students who require extra credits, or would like to have more time to pursue an internship.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/59/political-strategy-and-communication

Brussels School of International Studies

The Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) is a multidisciplinary postgraduate School of the University of Kent bringing together the disciplines of politics, international relations, law and economics to provide in-depth analysis of international problems such as conflict, security, development, migration and the political economy and legal basis of a changing world order.

We are a truly international School, our students are drawn from over 50 countries. The strong international composition of our staff and student body contributes significantly both to the academic as well as to the social experience at BSIS. The value-added of a location in Brussels is the opportunity to expose students of international issues to the working of major international organisations such as the EU and NATO and the many international and non-governmental organisations based in Brussels. Students have the added opportunity of undertaking an internship with one of these organisations.

Course structure

We are committed to offering flexible study options at the School and enable you to tailor your degree to meet your needs by offering start dates in September and January; full- and part-time study; split-site options, and allowing students to combine two fields of study leading to a degree that reflects both disciplines.

The MA in Political Strategy and Communication allows students to choose secondary areas of specialisation from the range of programmes offered at BSIS (http://www.kent.ac.uk/brussels/studying/index.html). Thus, a focused programme of study can be constructed by studying Political Strategy and Communication in the context of International Relations; International Conflict and Security; Human Rights Law, and other subject areas we cover.

This leads to the award of an MA degree in, for example, 'Political Strategy and Communication with Human Rights Law'.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

- provide you with a research-active teaching environment which provides a good grounding in the study of social science in general, in political strategy, and in the communication of political positions in particular

- offer you a critical perspective of the interplay between international relations and European politics as they relate to the process of creating a strategy for dealing with political issues, and communicating effectively the issues and positions on the basis of that strategy, in order to influence outcomes at the European and national levels

- ensure that you acquire a solid understanding of methodologies for the study of social science in general, and in the application of those understandings to the study of political strategy in particular

- ensure that you acquire a solid understanding of major theoretical approaches to policymaking and policy analysis, the historical development of the contemporary European policy landscape, and the application of theoretical and historical knowledge to the analysis and understanding of contemporary issues and cases in the field, with particular emphasis on the manner in which policies, positions, perspectives, and attitudes are communicated

- ensure that you acquire the necessary skills for an advanced assessment of contemporary problems in European politics, society, and economy, and their solutions

- develop your general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills).

Research areas

Our research interests span a broad spectrum of the discipline, with particular strengths in the fields of conflict analysis and resolution, political theory and European politics. The strength of the School’s research culture is reflected in the numerous books and articles published and in the existence of its three core research groups: Conflict, Security and Human Rights; Comparative Politics; and Political and Social Thought. We also host four University-recognised research centres: the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC), the Global Europe Centre (GEC), the Centre for Critical Thought (CCT), and the Centre for Federal Studies (CFS).

All members of staff can supervise theses leading to research degrees. We encourage potential research students to refer to our postgraduate research handbook (pdf) for detailed information (http://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/postgraduates/research-programmes/pgrhandbook.pdf).

In 2011, the University successfully applied for ESRC recognition as a provider of doctoral training in political science and international studies (and other areas of the social sciences) as part of a consortium. As a result, we are now part of the South East ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, making us one of the key training outlets in our subject in the UK.

Careers

The School of Politics and International Relations has a dedicated Employability, Placements and Internships Officer who works with students to develop work-based placements in a range of organisations. Centrally, the Careers and Employability Service can help you plan for your future by providing one-to-one advice at any stage of your postgraduate studies.

Many students at our Brussels centre who undertake internships are offered contracts in Brussels immediately after graduation. Others have joined their home country’s diplomatic service, entered international organisations, or have chosen to undertake a ‘stage’ at the European Commission, or another EU institution.

Our graduates have gone on to careers in academia, local and national government and public relations.

Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 94% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2013 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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Understanding, translating and communicating brand stories graphically. it's what today's key branding designers do. Driven by intelligent enquiry and evaluation, MA Graphic Branding and Identity challenges the whole meaning of graphic branding. Read more

Introduction

Understanding, translating and communicating brand stories graphically: it's what today's key branding designers do. Driven by intelligent enquiry and evaluation, MA Graphic Branding and Identity challenges the whole meaning of graphic branding. Explore the strategic thinking underlying brands and look at how that strategy can drive the creative expression.

Content

Driven by intelligent enquiry and evaluation, this programme encourages students to challenge what is understood about the meaning of graphic branding. It explores the strategic thinking underlying brands and focuses on how that strategy can drive the creative expression.

Look around you and you will see examples of the power of brands - on the High Street, within organisations and in the media. From Coca Cola to Virgin, the most successful brands are worth billions.

This MA course focuses on the role of visual identity within branding. The aim is to produce versatile and creative practitioners who understand design within a business, social and cultural context.

It addresses the subject from a broad perspective, covering individual, group, cultural, national, international, corporate and commercial identities. You will be encouraged to look critically at the graphic elements which make up a contemporary visual identity. The emphasis is on practical design, supported by theoretical components and the application of clear research methodologies. As well as developing a deeper knowledge of branding and graphic design, you will gain an understanding of how to develop brand strategies and propositions. An important part of the course involves developing an independent personal project that investigates these principles and their application.

Learning at this level will be about research, intellectual engagement, discovery, interaction and change. The final product for us is not in itself the goal - it is the research, exploration, evaluation and intellectual understanding of branding and identity that makes this MA distinctive.

Structure

Phase 1

Unit 1.1 Design Literacy
Unit 1.2 Research Methods (Visual Research)
Unit 1.3 Major Project Proposal

Phase 2

Unit 2.1 Workshop Options Project
Unit 2.2 Design + Rhetoric
Unit 2.3 Research Methods: Major Project Definition

Phase 3

Unit 3.1 Major Project Resolution: Practical and Report or
Unit 3.2 Major Project Resolution: Thesis

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The Master in Corporate Communication (MCC) at IE University offers a unique combination of Communication and Managerial skills. The program provides the latest skills in communication with a strategic, managerial and analytical approach. Read more
The Master in Corporate Communication (MCC) at IE University offers a unique combination of Communication and Managerial skills. The program provides the latest skills in communication with a strategic, managerial and analytical approach. Once you complete the program, you can achieve managerial positions in branding, marketing communication, public relations, reputation management, advertising management, public affairs, stakeholder management, as well as internal and external communication.

Quick Facts

Intake: October

Language: English

Format: Full Time

Duration: 10 months

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The Master in Brand Management and Communication, now at the 13th edition, provides the alternation of lectures, tutorials, case studies, workshops and projects in partnerships with companies, individual or group projects. Read more
The Master in Brand Management and Communication, now at the 13th edition, provides the alternation of lectures, tutorials, case studies, workshops and projects in partnerships with companies, individual or group projects.

The course has a close link with the professional world through the work developed between partners and teaching staff, composed of a team of professionals from major companies, agencies and consulting firms, providing the students with an intense and interactive curriculum, of increasing complexity.

Teaching methodology considers the different stages of the process: from building of brand equity, defining values, positioning and planning marketing activities, to the actions aimed at the growth and support of the brand, with the analysis of branding strategies and trends and development.

Participants explore the various areas of the construction project and strategic communication of the brand, through the study of skills in various functions: Brand Manager, Account, Strategic Planner, Media Research Planner, Copy and Art.

At the end of the pathway, in a dedicated unit, the course examines the actions of self marketing: from the tools necessary to make a self-presentation through the appropriate instruments (video card, Web), to the techniques of public speech.

In previous editions, the projects were developed in collaboration with Jacuzzi - development project of the new brand Jacuzzi SPA; Ducati - Brand stretching on target millennials worldwide; Aiutare I Bambini - brand repositioning; Bellavita - guideline development of brands; Cottoveneto - assessment and brand positioning worldwide; Prénatal - assessment and brand positioning worldwide; Boscolo Hotels - assessment and brand experience; Nestle '/ Buitoni - assessment and re-launching the brand in Italy; Diesel - 55DSL - assessment and strategic guidelines; Max Mara - branding green field on the brand Sportmax and person; Pomellato - global digital branding strategy; Campari - Mix Campari brand relaunch; Piaggio - branding and development of smart mobility ecosystem; Ferrero - brand stretching brand on target millennials worldwide and developing new product line.

During the previous editions of the programme students enjoyed, among others, the following visiting: Google, Technogym, Campari.

The Master is organized in two editions, the first in November in Italian, the second in February in English.

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The role of creative / communicator in a company is undergoing a process of transformation that demands a new profile. Read more
The role of creative / communicator in a company is undergoing a process of transformation that demands a new profile. Companies in all sectors are starting to need a different kind of creative director, a person who is able to coordinate and deal with several specialists in the same environment and manage the processes that drive creativity and business strategies.

The Master of Communication Design Labs creates favourable conditions to achieve, over a year of learning and experience, the following objectives:

- Conceptualize, develop and communicate innovative ideas.
- Lead multidisciplinary teams.
- Build and communicate timeless concepts.
- Establish personal contacts with a range of professionals from the creative environment.
- “De-specialise” and unlearn to gain a broader view.

The contents covered in the course are organized into modules:

- Foundation (critical historical analysis, methodology, sustainability, visual communication...)

- Specific (audiovisual language and production, anthropology, storytelling, copywriting, new communication strategies, briefing, advertising copywriting, branding, global trends, content marketing strategies, commercial communication projects…)

- Transverse (design culture, applied creativity, team building, design research, design thinking, job placement…)

- Thesis / research project (concept, idea, development, production, prototyping, display...)

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The Master in Fashion Marketing - From Strategy to Branding is structured in complementary units that examine the study of the different activities such as planning and marketing management. Read more
The Master in Fashion Marketing - From Strategy to Branding is structured in complementary units that examine the study of the different activities such as planning and marketing management: the main objective is the study and analysis of processes and methodologies for a valid testing of Marketing and Branding strategies in the fashion industry.

The pathway of study provides students with traditional classroom lectures and thematic discussions for the acquisition of established theories and methods. Furthermore it includes laboratory and experimental design activities aimed at engaging the student individually or in group (projects, workshops, tutorials, case studies, use of techniques and simulative role playing, etc.), business projects , reverse mentoring. The training culminates in a project aimed at checking the skills acquired by students during the master by a final project.

The fashion industry is investigated as an historical and cultural phenomenon, from the development of the stylistic codes of the late twentieth century to the emergence of the avant-garde style of the twenty-first century. Students will analyse emerging talents, fashion weeks, communication through drafting paper or via the web.
The students will approach the fashion business, including manufacturing and cultural features , and will explore the interactions in the fashion industry. They will learn to prepare a marketing plan, to position, promote and strengthen the brand by creating an identity that has a distinctive role in the panorama of the fashion market.

In communication students strengthen the analytical and critical skills, in order to develop a communication strategy. The study of marketing and digital media allows the development of skills related to orientation, analysis, strategic planning, evaluation, and ability to define an effective brief.

In the design management unit, the students acquire the relationship between design and management and its importance within a company and its marketing strategy.

The Master ends with the presentation of the final project, a summary of all courses in which the student develops the insights gained during the educational pathway.

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You will explore the exciting and rapidly evolving area of visual communication, including the latest developments in contemporary communication arts practice in publishing, branding, web design, mobile technologies, and screen-based moving images. Read more
You will explore the exciting and rapidly evolving area of visual communication, including the latest developments in contemporary communication arts practice in publishing, branding, web design, mobile technologies, and screen-based moving images.
You’ll be taught in small study groups, with individual tutorial support alongside group activities. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss, debate, and share your thinking with like-minded creative individuals who will become part of an invaluable network of contacts for the future.

Our dynamic, well-equipped visual communication studio has excellent, state of the art digital equipment, a print-making workshop, digital print bureau, and an extensive specialist art and design library. Our lecturers are high level graphic designers, illustrators, animators or web designers, working professionally and engaged in research through the Design and Visual Communication research group.

When you’ve completed this course you could move on to a career in areas such as design, consultancy, illustration, animation, production, media, web design, publishing or computer games. Alternatively you may wish to work as an exhibiting artist or teacher. Some students choose to continue their studies at PhD level.

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