MA in Visual Communication

Bath Spa University

Program Description

MA in Visual Communication

Bath Spa University

MAVisual communication

A practical course for specialist photographers, graphic designers and illustrators.

Join our international cohort – We welcome students from many countries including the UK, Italy, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Columbia and Bulgaria.

Make use of workshops in photography, etching, letterpress, screen print, plastics, woodwork, paint preparation and casting.

Apply for a wide range of academic workshops competitions and professional awards.

This is a practical Master’s 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. At a time when boundaries between these disciplines are changing – and in some cases dissolving – this is particularly important.

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.

You’ll graduate with:

  • A broad informed outlook;
  • A genuine confidence in your abilities;
  • The skills necessary to succeed in your chosen specialism.

Course structure

Module 1 and 2

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.

Modules 3 and 4

You’ll develop exciting collaborative new works, focused first on a geographical location and then toward a niche global audience.

Module 5

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.

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 taught by specialist lecturers and visiting speakers from a wide range of backgrounds from graphic design, photography, illustration and the arts. Teaching sessions will include critiques, discussions, workshops, gallery visits, theoretical discussion and hands-on technical direction.

We’ll challenge you to expand your working practices technically and conceptually, through thinking, looking, talking and making new work.


Field trips

There will be field trips to London and other national locations during the academic year. In addition, we usually run a field trip to a foreign city. In previous years, courses from the department have visited Berlin, Reykjavík, Paris and San Francisco among others.

Work placements, industry links and internships

We do not arrange industry placements but will help you to take advantage of local and national opportunities and to seek the support of the Careers and Business Engagement team.


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.


We are looking for bright, open and enthusiastic individuals. You’ll be looking to expand your outlook and collaborate with fellow students to produce exciting new work. While you’ll usually have experience in your chosen discipline, you’ll want to learn more about it and expand your understanding and skills.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Interviews can be onsite, online, or by telephone. You’ll need to present a portfolio of work, either in person or by giving access to a website where we can view your work.

Your portfolio should show a range of work that gives an indication of your skills, experience and interests. Typically this might be around six projects, however, this depends on the nature of your work and may be less if you have a large body of work in one area.

Cost & Fees

Year 1 tuition

  • UK/EU students full-time: £7,000 / part-time: £3,500
  • International students full-time: £13,500
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 29, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
Part time
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- Tuition fees for 2019-2020 school year are to be published in January 2019.
United Kingdom - Bath, England
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