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MA Visual Communication

Course Description


This course provides an interdisciplinary and specialist approach, reflecting the dynamic and contemporary practices within creative industries. Students will develop deep specialist knowledge, both in design and research.

The course provides an immersive and advanced learning experience for both advanced practitioners and recent graduates, within the broad field of visual communication. Students are encouraged to to create and engage with industry, alongside taught elements.

The variety of subjects covered within this degree allows students to receive guidance in forming a more specific interest for Master's level study.

Whether students have a definitive subject in mind, such as the design of print within a digital environment, or a broader interest in the study of communication design, the course echos the dynamic changes within its related industries.

The MA in Visual Communication is delivered through a one year programme for full-time students. Students will study throughout the duration of three semesters, PG Cert, PG Dip and MA. Each semester takes place over a 15 week period.


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: Advanced Practice and New Knowledge; Dissemination (publication and symposium in specialism).


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.

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