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Full time September, January MA Full-time: 12-18 months
Communication & Media Studies (7) Computer Science (8)

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Unleash your creativity with our MA in Visual Communication, a cutting-edge programme designed to nurture innovators and leaders in the dynamic creative industries. Specialising in areas such as Photography, Graphic Communication, Illustration, and Film and Animation, you will embark on a transformative journey of producing original, industry-relevant work and conducting advanced research. The course structure spans three semesters, focusing on design thinking, research, analysis, and practical application across various specialisms within visual communication. With outstanding facilities including a Hollywood-standard MILO unit, you will have access to immersive learning experiences and industry connections that are second to none. Entry requirements include an undergraduate degree in a related subject, a digital portfolio showcasing your creative visual work, and a research-based written assignment. Join our global community of graduates who have made their mark across the world, and let us empower you to realise your full potential in the vibrant field of visual communication.

About the course

Our MA Visual Communication course is interdisciplinary and specialist in approach, reflecting the dynamic and contemporary practices within the creative industries. We create innovators and leaders in the field of visual communication, challenging and stimulating you to produce original, cutting edge work and research.

The structure of our course is designed with imaginative approaches to visual practice in the creative industries.


You’ll be able to specialise in one of the following areas (indicated in brackets), all under the single named award of MA Visual Communication.

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Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree (2:2 and above) in a closely related subject, equivalent qualifications or professional experience.

A digital portfolio that shows examples of creative visual work, including developmental work and final outcomes. Please include at least 15-20 pieces highlighting your area of practice.

Highlight any competition entries and live projects, exhibitions, collaborations (if applicable).
Highlight any evidence of industry experience (if applicable).
Produce an essay or other written assignment, which demonstrates your ability to conduct research related to art and design and shows your knowledge of historical or contemporary creative practice.

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Where will I study?

Where is Birmingham City University

Student Profile

Lorentz Gullachsen

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.

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