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MA Visual Communication

Course Description

This is a practical MA course in Visual Communication course for photographers, illustrators and graphic designers. We encourage you to work independently and collaboratively, while learning a shared visual language.

Working alongside other students and in consultation with your tutors, you will build a professional and critical context for your practice, in the process of developing each of your projects. Your growing confidence and increased ability, will be clearly evident in the portfolio’s you present when joining the profession, or continuing to study.


You’ll develop your visual communication practice, concentrating on practical, conceptual, historical and contemporary concerns. You’ll enter critical dialogue with other students in related fields and we’ll help you place your practice in an appropriate context. Our view is that by integrating your methods with those in related fields, you’ll become a more effective specialist photographer, graphic designer or illustrator.

You’ll become adept at working individually and collaboratively. Through developing an individual specialist project, you’ll conceptualise, critique and contextualise your approach, whilst fine tuning your aesthetic sensibilities. You’ll also collaborate to produce joint projects, negotiating the final outcomes with your team members.


In the first two modules, you'll examine practical and conceptual approaches to your work through academic workshops and presentations, identify your strengths and weaknesses and progressively improve and develop your practice.

In the next two modules, you’ll develop exciting collaborative new works, focused first on a geographical location and then toward a niche global audience.

In the final module, you’ll decide on the structure of your Master’s project and develop a collaborative or individual work that reflects your particular approach and specialist interests.

For more information about modules, please go to: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-visual-communication/


You’ll be taught through practical workshops, seminars, talks and presentations. You’ll work with a largely self-directed focus. We’ll encourage you to collaborate across disciplines; however, in close consultation with your tutor, you’ll decide the best route for your practice.


You’ll be assessed through practical projects backed up by integrated research work in sketchbooks, related materials, and presentations. Your final project will appear in a public exhibition.

For more information on teaching and assessment methods, please go view our course handbook via the website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-visual-communication/


Graduates from this department have become:
• Graphic designers
• Illustrators
• Photographers and photo editors for design agencies
• Architectural and engineering practices
• The M.O.D. and other specialist areas.

Many also work on research projects in conjunction with fine artists, or scientists, or have gone on to become teachers.

Visit the MA Visual Communication page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!

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Dina Carolina Sanchez Espinosa

I decided to study at Bath Spa University because of the lecturers. When comparing to other universities, I knew I wanted to learn from those who taught at Bath Spa. The course gives you the freedom to make your own pathway and the added push from the lecturers encourages you to do something different to your norms. I would recommend this courses as the attention is more personalised in comparison to other universities.

Life in Bath provides you with an incredible environment to focus on your studies. The combination of the workshops, technicians and the facilities makes your experience complete. There is so much visual stimulation happening that you have everything you need to succeed.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should be bright, open and enthusiastic individuals, who are looking to expand your outlook and collaborate with fellow students to produce exciting new work.

Last Updated

27 July 2017

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