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MA Communication Design

Course Description

This course builds on existing expertise and substantial specialist resources within the broad fields of graphic design and communication at Norwich University of the Arts. The course will challenge you to reflect on your existing practice in relation to current research and contemporary issues surrounding communication design. You will be supported in developing and realising self-directed projects that address issues in professional, theoretical, ethical, technical, conceptual or visual aspects of design.
With access to substantial industry resources, students are supported in areas of communication design including image making, typography, web design, illustration, product packaging, information design and interactive communication design, in order to develop the skills needed to stand out in the sector.

Through NUA's MA Communication Design you will be encouraged to challenge conventional thinking as you consider the practical application of your ideas. As part of a community of tutors, researchers, visiting lecturers and fellow students, you will engage in debate concerning new trends and research. Interdisciplinary collaboration is essential to the postgraduate experience and you will work alongside students from across art, design and media. This will support your intellectual curiosity and enable you to develop a network of contacts with different skills and perspectives.

We encourage our students to engage in critical discourse through course specific seminars, lectures and critiques; larger NUA symposia such as Cowbird for design students; and attendance at national and international exhibitions and conferences.
Communication Design students make extensive use of the Digital Design studios for access to professional creative software on both Windows and Mac with on-hand support from a team of workshop technicians. Laser cutting is available with a large-bed cutter for card, board and acrylic materials and associated digital design hardware and software, as well as a Print Making Workshop for silk-screen, etching, lino-cut and relief printing, mono-printing and collographs. The Digital Print workshop can produce prints from A4 to 1.5m wide on a variety of media and provides students with access to wide format, CD printing and laser printing. NUA’s Library has the largest specialist art, design and media collection in the East of England including 32,000 books, 1,300 journal subscriptions and 3,000 DVDs.

Scholarship and funding information is available. Norwich will be taken over by a festival of contemporary art in key venues across the city in the summer of 2016, as one of four host cities for the 8th edition of the British Art Show. The biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK has selected Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) as its lead partner in Norwich. See NUA website for details: http://www.nua.ac.uk

Visit the MA Communication Design page on the Norwich University of the Arts website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lucas Yeung

2491.jpg I only considered specialist creative universities because the workshops, facilities, library and teaching will all be geared towards creative subjects.

I like that we can attend workshops in a range of areas and learn different things. I’ve taken part in workshops in sculpture, painting, silk screen – it has really broadened my horizons. Seminars are good because the classes are small. The tutors talk about our work and we also get feedback from our peers – which is really valuable. We’ve had group projects where we work with students not on our course. It’s good to work with people with other skills and to get different perspectives from other disciplines.


N170 Postgraduate Student Scholarship - 8 Awards

TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR THE N170 POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS 2015/161. In order to be eligible for a scholarship, you must:
a. Be a UK or EU citizen;
b. Have begun your Undergraduate Degree (UG) in September 2012 and been charged higher fee levels at a UK university;
c. Have completed your UG degree by the end of the 2014/15 academic year;
d. Not already hold a postgraduate degree or higher level of qualification;
e. Have made a formal application for postgraduate study at NUA, which must be for 1-year full-time study and
f. Have received a full or partial government maintenance grant in your final year of undergraduate study: i.e. 2014/15.2. You must have submitted a separate application form for postgraduate study by 1 May 2015 and ticked the box on this form to indicate that you wish to be considered for an N170 Postgraduate Scholarship. During May you will be sent further information on the scholarships, along with a scholarship application form. You must have returned the scholarship application form to NUA by 31 May 2015.3. The £10,000 scholarship will be awarded as a full fee waiver, with the remaining funds paid as a bursary on the following dates: 1 October 2015, 15 January 2016 and 15 May 2016. The final bursary payment on 15 May 2016 will only be paid if you are continuing onto the Masters project.4. If you withdraw at any point during the year, you will not be required to pay back the fee waiver or any bursary payments received to that point, but you will not be eligible for any future bursary payments. If you intermit during the year and return in 2016/17, you will receive any bursary payments not yet paid to you when you return, at the same points of the year as specified above (i.e. 15 January and 15 May). If you return from intermission after the end of 2016/17, you will not receive any outstanding bursary payments.5. Where there are more applicants than scholarships available, the successful applicants will be decided by a judging panel, who will base their decision on a balanced score of the interview, application
and quality of references. Those who have been awarded a scholarship will be notified by 10 July 2015.

Value of Scholarship(s)



NUA is offering eight £10,000 scholarships for 2015 entry. These scholarships are only available for full-time postgraduate students who are 2015 graduates, started an undergraduate degree in 2012 (new fee regime) and can prove they were receiving financial support (maintenance grant/bursary) during their time of study. Further criteria may include first generation higher education students and those from under-represented groups. The N170 scholarship will cover NUA postgraduate tuition fees plus an additional bursary up to the value of £10,000.

Application Procedure

You must have submitted a separate application form for postgraduate study by 1 May 2015 and ticked the box on this form to indicate that you wish to be considered for an N170 Postgraduate Scholarship. During May you will be sent further information on the scholarships, along with a scholarship application form. You must have returned the scholarship application form to NUA by 31 May 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Entrants should normally have a BA (Hons) degree in a related subject or other qualifications (including non-UK) that the University considers equivalent. Relevant professional experience may be considered. The offer would mostly be based on a portfolio and usually an interview, in person or via Skype.

Course Fees

MA (Full-Time): £5,500; MA (Part-time; 2 years): £3,300 per year

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