Choose Kingston's Communication Design & the Creative Economy MA
This MA is an intensive, collaborative masters course which combines the skills and craft needed for ground-breaking communication design with the solid business know-how to get your ideas and innovations off the ground. This MA is suitable for graduates and for industry professionals alike. It is cross-faculty, interdisciplinary, and extremely practical.
You will hone your skills as a designer at the Faculty of Art and Design and Architecture. You will learn how to collaborate and run a business at Kingston Business School. By the end of the course, you will be able to develop, market and pitch ideas.
What will you study?
Communication design is one of the fastest evolving sectors of the creative economy. This message-driven discipline covers graphic design, print media, electronic media, information architecture and more. Communication design has applications in an ever-growing range of sectors including branding, marketing, packaging and publishing. With the rapidly growing and evolving media sectors, this is a sector set to grow dynamically.
This MA is cross-faculty, interdisciplinary, and extremely practical. You will learn to think in 3D and analyse the current business and creative landscapes.
A mix of project work and formal assessments, including essays, case studies, reports and presentations, plus the final Personal Research Project (maximum 12,000 words).
Why study a Creative Economy course?
Our Creative Economy masters courses give you the opportunity to gain a range of knowledge and experience, including:
- Gain entrepreneurial skills – help create start-ups and pitch ideas to real industry bosses at a "Dragons' Den", and visit a wide variety of entrepreneurial businesses.
- Brush up on practical workplace skills such as data collation, review and synopsis.
- Our students come from all over the world to study on Kingston's creative economy courses, so you will finish the course with an international network of contacts.
- Excellent teaching – the Managing in the Creative Economy MA course was ranked as one of the best entrepreneurship masters in the world by the Eduniversal masters ranking 2015/16, and Kingston Business School is one of only a few of the 120 UK business schools to be awarded an 'excellent' rating for its teaching quality by the Higher Education Funding Council.
- Regular visits from industry experts and entrepreneurs, field trips to entrepreneurial businesses and events that connect the creative industry to the local community and give you a valuable network.
- Students can add study at the prestigious Boston University to their programme and gain a dual masters degree.
- Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 percent of the world's business schools.
For the core modules, you will study with students from across all the creative industries programmes. For the specialist modules, you will study alongside fellow communication design students.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
- Mapping the Creative Economy
- Conducting Collaborative Creativity
- Personal Research/Gaining Insights
- Design Thinking for Start-ups
- Designing Research
- Creative Futures
Learn a language
You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Cost & Fees
Home and European Union 2016/17
- MA part time £4,510
- MA full time £8,200
Overseas (not EU) 2016/17
- MA part time £7,315
- MA full time £13,300