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MA Art and Design: Communication Design

Course Description

On this course, you will tackle issues central to contemporary design practice – such as design authorship and social engagement – through a process of analysis, experimentation and the implementation of creative ideas. During your time with us, you will be encouraged to engage creatively with contemporary visual communication issues.

The course places an emphasis on problem setting rather than problem solving, through the development of self-initiated projects and briefs.

Key benefits:

• Open to applicants from a range of backgrounds, including education and industry
• Enhance your skills through creative thinking, research, visualisation, interactivity, social and multi-media
• Future-proof your skill set for developments in the discipline.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/art-and-design-communication-design

Suitable for

Graduates or professionals from a wide range of creative disciplines wishing to pursue a particular individual line of enquiry via in-depth research, personal practice and business acumen.

Programme details

This course embraces a range and diversity of practices and aims to:

• Develop creative, critical, analytical and intellectual competencies informed by contemporary professional practice.
• Develop an advanced understanding of research methods in general and those of importance to creative practice and industry in particular.
• Enhance your knowledge and understanding of professional and collaborative frameworks
• Provide the opportunity to develop industry experience and understanding through contact by placement, project and/or contact with professional practitioners.


This course uses a range of teaching and learning settings including lectures, seminars/workshops, tutorials, situated learning (such as ‘live’ projects) and independent learning. The combination of these aims is to develop an environment that allows you to progressively take ownership and direction of your learning so that you may develop as independent, life-long learners. This is achieved by including self-directed projects where you will have the opportunity to negotiate your learning and assessment requirements.

Indicative to the course are:

• Formal lectures
• Seminar presentations
• Workshops
• Critical analysis and independent learning.

Award specific learning activities include exercises, team based learning, site visits, visiting professionals, work placements, online activities and critical debates. You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of coursework activities in order to foster active learning through contribution to participatory exercises and through formal and informal presentations of your work.

Semester 1

• Research Methods and Practice
• Specialist Practice

Semester 2

• Creative Contexts
• Practice in Context

Semester 3

• Negotiated Thesis/Major Project


Assessment methods used on the course include:

• Practical, oral and written assignments (80%)
• Group presentations (20%)

You will be assessed throughout the course on your:

• Body of work and contextual research: e.g. studio/portfolio/workshop outcomes/ exhibitions
• Reflective journals: log or sketch-book/statement/seminar or other presentation

Career potential

This course will suit you if you want to either progress in an industry you already have experience in, re-skill for a different career path or continue the studies you took as an undergraduate.

Graduates from this course have progressed onto a number of careers within the industry such as design lecturer, freelance designer, graphic designer, researcher and brand manager.

Graduates have gone on to work for companies including: Zyad University Abu Dhabi, University of Salford and Welsh design agency BWA.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MA Art and Design: Communication Design page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Bursaries 2011 - 10 Awards

Postgraduate Bursaries 2011
The School of Art and Design is very pleased to announce that bursaries are available to applicants, for taught postgraduate programmes, for a September 2011 start. There are two types of bursaryOpen Bursaries
A number of open bursaries, each worth £1000, are available to any applicants, either internal or external to the University. Open bursaries are awarded through competition and the deadline for receipt of applications is 3rd May 2011.Internal Bursaries
A number of internal bursaries, each worth £500, are available to students who have been, or will be, awarded an undergraduate degree by the University of Salford. Nominations for internal bursaries are made by admissions tutors when applicants apply for a place on a programme, so early applications are recommended.International Scholarships
All international students will be considered for a University scholarship. For further information about these scholarships please see: http://www.salford.ac.uk/international/scholarships/

Value of Scholarship(s)



The School of Art and Design is very pleased to announce that bursaries will be available to applicants for taught postgraduate programmes, for a September 2011 start.

Application Procedure

Further information
For further information on bursaries, including how to apply for an open bursary, and the selection process and criteria, please contact:
Noel Heath, [email protected] or 0161 295 4665.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A relevant undergraduate degree, normally at 2:1 or above, and supporting portfolio of practice. Applicants with an undergraduate degree of 2:2 will be considered where a high quality portfolio of practice is presented.

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