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MA Visual Communication

Course Description


Our MA in Visual Communication course is delivered over one year for full-time students. You will study for three semesters, each semester takes place over a 15 week period.

The processes of design thinking - research, analysis, evaluation, creativity, craft and production - across all specialisms within visual communication are central to this course.

You'll have the chance to learn in our Research & Development labs that we've developed as a result of our partnerships with organisations, practitioners and industry. The labs allow you to take part in learning, teaching, research, innovation and professional development within visual communication.

The delivery of the programme is split into three stages: PG Cert, PG Dip and MA. Through the completion of modules you will attain your MA in Visual Communication.

The modules are designed to echo the three stages of development: your proficiency, your expertise and your mastery.

The PG Cert and PG Dip stages contain a 40 credit aspect and a 20 credit aspect. The Masters level is made up of a single 60 credit module.


Semester 1 PgCert: Analytical Practice; Dissemination - Case Study in Specialism.

Semeseter 2 PgDip: Contextual and Creative Practice; Dissemination - Instructional Lecture in Specialism.

Semester 3 Master's: Major Project.


The course provides a taught and structured experience; formal content is delivered and evaluated through a range of lectures (traditional and interactive), seminars, workshops, peer review exercises, resource based learning and individual and group tutorials; students undertake case studies, presentations and reflective journals.

Visit the MA Visual Communication page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lorentz Gullachsen

2457.jpg Lorentz Gullachsen is a photographer who has shot internationally for over 25 years. He has won many awards for his work including the Association of Photographers' Gold, multiple Design and Art Direction (D&AD) awards for photography, as well as winning at the London Photographic Awards and the Sun Awards.

He has shot for Land Rover, Vodafone, British Airways and for multiple worldwide tourist boards and his photographs has been exhibited internationally.

As a successful advertising and editorial photographer, Lorentz wished to work in education and also change his practice as the digital revolution gathered place. He studied a Diploma in Photography at Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham City University) in 1973 and returned in 2010 to study a Master’s in Visual Communication. He went on to produce a body of work while on the course, ‘In the American West Midlands’, and one of the photographs was recognised at the Open Art Awards.

Since leaving, Lorentz has been able to pursue new opportunities, both within photography and education. One of the first commissions he had was to update a photographic textbook, using the new skills he had gained. He has also been lecturing and teaching at a number of colleges and universities, and also deliver seminars and workshops in the private sector. He has recently been involved with a number of charities, helping re-brand and producing image banks.


Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualifications or professional experience.

Last Updated

20 December 2016

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