MA Programs in Communication Design

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Communication Design

The Master of Arts is a graduate-level degree that denotes mastery of a humanities or fine arts subject. A Master of Arts in Communication Design is a popular choice for people interested in the art and design principles underlying media and communication.

What is an MA in Communication Design? This degree combines knowledge of design principles and the media used in modern communication. Professionals who earn this degree will learn how to conceptualize, develop, and refine new designs. The coursework for most degree programs also covers principles of design for specific media or purposes, including exhibitions, advertising, branding, and websites. Coursework may cover diverse topics such as type design, motion graphics, and mobile design.

Earning a Master in Communication Design can open up various opportunities. Effectively communicating through modern media is a concern for many companies, so degree holders may have numerous positions to choose from. Many degree programs do not require students to have prior experience in communication or graphic design, which makes this degree a beneficial option for people interested in changing careers.

The cost of earning a master’s degree will vary from one institution to the next. Factors such as course length and standard fees may lead to significant cost differences between two schools. People who are considering pursuing this degree should compare multiple options to find a reasonable cost.

Someone who has earned an MA in Communication Design may work in advertising, branding, or graphics. Degree holders are also qualified for jobs in various types of design, including graphic, retail, apparel, and environmental. Professionals who have earned this degree may also pursue work in highly creative fields, such as illustration and animation.

People in various countries can earn a Master of Arts in Communication Design through an online degree program. These programs offer cost savings and convenience to people who otherwise might not have the opportunity to pursue higher education in such a specialized field. Finding the ideal online program can be easy. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus September 2018 USA Rochester

Graphic design is a professional major that addresses a range of advanced visual communication problems, with an emphasis on meaning, form, and function. [+]

MFA in Graphic Design

 

Graphic design is a professional major that addresses a range of advanced visual communication problems, with an emphasis on meaning, form, and function. In a professional studio setting, students work with faculty on the understanding and implementation of theories, principles, and methods related to concept development, design process, context, history and criticism, research, evaluation, visual aesthetics, typography, systems thinking, information design, inter - and cross-disciplinary collaboration, as well as social and ethical responsibility. Course assignments and thesis projects incorporate both theory and application in the solution of hypothetical and actual graphic design problems. Courses within this major evidence a balanced approach toward the integration of digital media and traditional processes. Final design outcomes focus on small- and large-scale, two- dimensional or three-dimensional printed artifacts and environmental graphic design solutions, with opportunities to develop relevant for time-based and/or interactive digital applications as well. Special lectures, guest speakers, exhibitions, and workshops complement studio and seminar goals. Students have ongoing access to RIT resources such as the Graphic Design Archive and the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, the Artists’ Books Collection, and the collections of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies.... [-]


M.A. Communication Design

HMKW Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years Open Enrollment Germany Cologne Berlin Frankfurt am Main + 3 more

This consecutive master’s program is taught in English at HMKW in Berlin and in German at HMKW's Cologne campus. [+]

MA in Communication DesignName 

Communication Design

Start

starting October, Berlin and Cologne

Features

Integration of theory and practice of design, oriented towards real-life agency work• latest developments in research and analysis of design and creativity• practical work and art direction projects

Language 

English (Berlin) or German (Cologne)

Learning Outcomes

The ability to carry out the roles and responsibilities held by creative talents, within the framework of the ever increasing convergence of print, online, broadcast and mobile media.

 

Applicants

graduates of creative study programs, esp. those who majored in design or fine arts... [-]


MA in study Design / Media Spaces

BTK University of Art & Design
Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Berlin Hamburg Iserlohn + 1 more

Master of Arts study program Design / Media Spaces features interdisciplinary project teams who research innovative communication solutions at the interface of real and virtual spaces. [+]

The Master of Arts (M.A.) study program Design / Media Spaces is a project-based program aimed at graduates who have already completed an artistic, design or media-related university degree course. The multidisciplinary approach of the program is therefore particularly suitable for applicants with a variety of creative abilities and backgrounds: communication designers and media designers, as well as architects, information technologists, stage designers, design managers and media theorists.

In certain circumstances, applications can also be undergraduate students who are approaching the end of their Bachelor degree. 

 

The concept of 'space' and its expression in a variety of media have been a central theme in art and creativity since at least the Renaissance and also forms a central theme in media theory.  Contemporary society offers media artists and media designers working in this field, a vast range of possibilities through which to research and experiment with new, hybrid creative approaches.... [-]


Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research

Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Visual Communication Institute
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Switzerland Basel

The combination of iconic practice, iconic theory, and iconic research forms the profile of the MA in Visual Communication and Iconic Research. [+]

The Visual Communication Institute HGK FHNW, in Basel offers internationally accredited curricula on the Bachelor, Master and PhD level reflecting the rich tradition of the Basel School of Design in particular and Swiss Graphic Design in general. The City of Basel, located in the trinational Rhine river valley, is a unique cultural environment with easy access to France and Germany. While our Bachelor course focuses on the students’ ability to conduct a creative process, our Master programs strive to extend the students’ individual design vocabulary and to reach a higher level of reflection through the students’ ability to include knowledge and methodologies of scientific disciplines into the creative process. We offer a Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research and an International Master of Design, which we conduct in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Both Master programs are based on the following assessment: In the context of the digital flood of images, expanded qualifications are required. A design practice based purely on craftsmanship or technical skills no longer meets the demands of visual communication, nor does a reflection on visual messages entirely derived from theory. Connecting design practice with iconic- and media theory, generates new qualifications in the conception and design of visual messages for the context of a current, digitalized, iconic communication. Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research At the center of our MA program Visual Communication and Iconic Research stands the interrelationship of practice-oriented design with Image/Media Research. The program... [-]

Master of Arts in Communication Design

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Milan

The MA in Communication Design program approaches business communication as a synthesis of economic and artistic dimensions. You’ll develop your expertise in both dimensions during this two-year program. [+]

MA Degrees in Communication Design. 5 SCHOLARSHIPS UP FOR GRABS SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION COMMUNICATION DESIGN. Deadline: 12 May The MA in Communication Design program approaches business communication as a synthesis of economic and artistic dimensions. You’ll develop your expertise in both dimensions during this two-year program. You’ll gain a solid background in integrated marketing communications, a field that combines traditional forms of marketing with new digital communications technologies. You’ll improve your proficiency in analog graphic design as well as the latest computer graphics programs. You’ll also have the chance to cultivate your skills in a rich variety of design production tools, including photography, Web design, digital video, and integrated new media. Alongside this expressive work, you will study the fundamentals of brand design, advertising, and journalistic writing to broaden your knowledge of the business side of the profession. In project work with companies, you’ll practice the strategies you need to independently undertake all phases of complex communication projects, including art direction, project management, design, execution, and presentation. And you’ll develop a greater awareness of the sociological and ethical implications of the communications you create. The MA in Communication Design program is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) as a Master of Arts degree (120 CFs). First Year Project Management I, Computer Graphics, Project Methodology, Design Management, Integrated Marketing Communication, Ethics of Communication, Graphic Design, Photography, and Web Design Second Year Project Management II, Brand Design, Art Direction, Advertising, Sociology of Communication, Fundamentals of Journalism, Digital Video,... [-]

MA Integrated Global Communication

Kennesaw State University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Kennesaw Marietta

The MA program in Integrated Global Communication has been developed in response to a growing need for professionals in the expanding field of information design, information architecture, content development, communications management, and visual communication. [+]

The MA program in Integrated Global Communication has been developed in response to a growing need for professionals in the expanding field of information design, information architecture, content development, communications management, and visual communication. The basic objectives of the program are: To educate those persons with diverse academic and work backgrounds who seek to begin their careers in the field of integrated global communication, and To provide a useful credential for current information designers and technical communicators who need advanced training to move ahead in their careers, either as employees or managers of a company or as independent consultants. The Integrated Global Communication program offers students a MA Degree with the choice of three program options - an Internship Option, a Thesis Option, and an all Course Work Option. A graduate certificate in Technical Communication, and four advanced certificates in User Experience, Communication Management, Visual Communication, and User Experience. Important Note About the Master's of Arts in Integrated Global Communication No new majors are being accepted into the program at this time. All information in this catalog is for the current Master's of Arts in Information and Instructional Design majors only. Degree Requirements MAIGC students are required to take the following courses: IDC 6001 - Professional Practices of Communication (3 credit hours) IDC 6002 - Information Design (3 credit hours) IDC 6030 - Visual Design Strategy (3 credit hours) IDC 6004 - Research Methods (3 credit hours) IDC 6110 - Communications Project Management (3 credit hours) IDC Electives - Select... [-]

MA Design specialising in Advertising

AAS College
Campus Full time 13 months September 2017 Greece Thessaloniki

The fast paced nature of this course directly relates to the fast paced nature of the advertising industry. Learning in this environment gives you the confidence to produce high quality work [+]

MA Design specialising in Advertising

 

The fast paced nature of this course directly relates to the fast paced nature of the advertising industry. Learning in this environment gives you the confidence to produce high quality work under pressure and to tight deadlines. The course also develops your skills in presentation, drawing, Mac work and visual communication, which are critical in making it within the industry, and are invaluable when approaching agencies as advertising Creatives. Through industry connections you will be able to build up a host of work placements in some of the top advertising agencies.

 

Students are supported by staff input through a series of design activities, and tutorials during the initial modules that are designed to identify an area of interest that can then be fully explored. The formal presentation of this initial research activity and the conclusions drawn, form the basis of the 'statement of intent' document. Both the practical and theoretical elements will be assessed both during, and at the end of, each module.... [-]


MA Events and Experience Management

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 United Kingdom London

The MA in Events and Experience Management at Goldsmiths is rare in its close linkage with the creative and cultural industries, and offering modules across three departments. This approach will allow anyone wishing to pursue a career in the cultural and creative industries to gain valuable and cutting edge experience and knowledge. [+]

Events managers of the future need to be versatile and confident, managing a wide array of events in innovative ways. This degree equips you to take your place in the events industry, leading the way in events and experience management for the fast-paced creative and cultural industries. From immersive theatre performances to pop-up gigs, there is an increasing demand for events management skills and knowledge to bring these projects to life. The MA in Events and Experience Management at Goldsmiths is a truly unique course that will focus on creative and cultural industry events experiences. Combining theoretical knowledge and practical experience this degree is specifically aimed at enabling you to run creative events in this constantly changing environment. The MA in Events and Experience Management at Goldsmiths is rare in its close linkage with the creative and cultural industries, and offering modules across three departments. This approach will allow anyone wishing to pursue a career in the cultural and creative industries to gain valuable and cutting edge experience and knowledge. You’ll benefit from close connections to the events industry throughout your time at Goldsmiths, from opportunities for practical work experience to learning from the experiences and insight of our guest speakers. Practical experience built into the content of the course allows you to apply your theoretical and strategic knowledge to real events, honing your planning, organisation and marketing skills. You’ll work with an arts organisation or events manager to put on an event that meets their needs and there will... [-]

Master in Sound Design

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the singular elements and overall combinations of sound design. [+]

MA Degrees in Communication Design. MA Sound Design Unit Requirements Major 30 units Graduate Liberal Arts 6 units TOTAL 36 units *Per director approval MA Sound Design Degree Requirements Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 36 units MA Sound Design Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Listening Skills and Critical Thinking Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the singular elements and overall combinations of sound design Soundtrack for Visual Media Create sound which supports or heightens the emotional impact of visual imagery Production Skills and Technical Knowledge Demonstrate proficiency with software related to contemporary sound production techniques Professional Readiness Think critically and demonstrate flexibility in creating or editing audio for client needs Complete a final project which reflects professional goals Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. All international students will require a VISA to enter the US and an OPT application to extend their stay after graduation. Selecting a STEM approved program allows for the benefit of being able to apply for an extended 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) stay to work in the country after graduation. The following Academy majors qualify for the 24-month STEM Extension: Advanced Architectural Design; Advertising; Advertising & Branded Media Technology; Animation & Visual Effects;... [-]

M.A. in Professional Practice in Visual Communication Design

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Campus Full time 2 years July 2018 India Bangalore

The MA in Visual Communication Design will enable such a graduate to integrate existing models of thinking and making with emerging technologies and methods in the field of visual communication. The course will equip young graduates with agile professional abilities, become meaningfully resourceful, artistically inclined and process oriented in the field of visual communication. [+]

M.A. in Professional Practice in Visual Communication Design Young graduates of applied art, commercial art, graphic design and visual communication design often feel the need to step out of the daily demands of the profession to engage in new learning, to experiment and enhance their creative capabilities and to sharpen their thinking and making skills so as to transform their abilities and become proficient practitioners. The MA in Visual Communication Design will enable such a graduate to integrate existing models of thinking and making with emerging technologies and methods in the field of visual communication. The course will equip young graduates with agile professional abilities, become meaningfully resourceful, artistically inclined and process oriented in the field of visual communication. Study of the nature of visual information processing and comprehension forms the basis of this course. Students intersect their learning with six key domains of visual communication design: aesthetic, functional, historical, symbolic, perceptual, and cultural. The discipline of Visual Communication focuses on providing core competency in developing visual literacy, visual thinking, visual perception, imaging, and representation. Design processes, research methods, history and theories of design form the building blocks for developing comprehensive and successful branding strategies and creative communication material. The curriculum approaches visual communication through theoretical frameworks that not only inform and enhance the practice but also encourage the students to question the norms and scale traditional boundaries. The course will provide a platform to use design thinking to break rules, to express unique ideas, to question norms, and, to... [-]

Master of Arts in Design for Social Impact

Paris College Of Art
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 France Paris

Paris College of Art joins forces with MakeSense in this one-year Master’s program (MA) in Design for Social Impact that equips citizen designers with the practical know-how (design thinking methods, leadership and entrepreneurial skills) to successfully lead design projects that will bring positive societal changes. [+]

MA Degrees in Communication Design. Do you want to contribute to societal change? Do you see issues around you that you think could be improved or solved? Are you creative and entrepreneurial? Are you looking to work with likeminded people? Paris College of Art joins forces with MakeSense in this one-year Master’s program (MA) in Design for Social Impact that equips citizen designers with the practical know-how (design thinking methods, leadership and entrepreneurial skills) to successfully lead design projects that will bring positive societal changes. The guiding question for this program is: How can design change the world? Each academic year students will work with faculty and partner organizations to answer this question on a specific theme – for the 2017-2018 academic year the theme is SHELTER (REFUGE in French). Students will research and design solutions to issues related to temporary or permanent shelter, whether it be a built shelter, a sanctuary, or a condition of increased safety and comfort. In a time of mass migrations, increasing pollution, lasting homelessness, youth unemployment and an aging population, students develop SHELTERS that make a difference. Examples of student projects previously incubated at MakeSense include services to the homeless, products that protect from air pollution or programs that encourage physical activity in senior citizens to decrease the risk of injury and associated health costs. In the first semester students will work with a social entrepreneur in an on-going effort to apply the skills they learn, and in the second semester they will develop... [-]

Master of Arts in International Business Communication and Communication Design

University of Southern Denmark
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Denmark Sønderborg

The programme's primary objective is to produce experts in language (English, German, or Danish) and document/communication... [+]

Are you interested in language and communication design? Then this Master programme is for you!The programme's primary objective is to produce experts in language (English, German, or Danish) and document/communication design. You will develop the ability to generate original, effective documents in a broad range of fields and obtain expertise in communication processes as well as in the linguistic interaction taking place in a technical or organizational environment. Your linguistic and document design skills can be used to create all kinds of documents for companies or organizations, e.g. brochures, posters, user manuals.You will gain expertise in:

English, German, or Danish (applied linguistics and language proficiency) text analysis and production document design interaction/conversation analysis user studies ... [-]

MA in Design for Communication

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design
Campus Full time 1 year United Kingdom London

This Masters reflects the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary communications, bringing together key subject disciplines in visual communication including graphic design, moving image, digital media and illustration. The course will help you to develop the analytical skills and generate conceptual thinking needed to prepare for high-level professional practice. [+]

MA Degrees in Communication Design. This Masters reflects the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary communications, bringing together key subject disciplines in visual communication including graphic design, moving image, digital media and illustration. The course will help you to develop the analytical skills and generate conceptual thinking needed to prepare for high-level professional practice. We are committed to having a broad scope of activities on the course, from traditional graphic skills to future communication delivery methods. The course offers strong links to new media industries, and we work in collaboration with them, and use their advice and expertise, in the ongoing development of the course content. This is an ambitious programme for students who want to realise their creative potential and self-reliance, working as a freelance or small business operators in the challenging and changing world of the creative communication industries. Course content The content of the course is industry focused, and encompasses issues central to contemporary design practice through a process of analysis, experimentation and the practical testing and implementation of creative ideas. Modules The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. Core modules BUSINESS FOR DESIGN In this module you will examine the professional context for design business, management and enterprise. Through a series of lectures and seminars the module will focus on practices appropriate to freelance and small businesses. You will examine key elements of professional practice, and gain insights into the design business through site visits and guest lectures from industry professionals. The... [-]

MA in Graphic Design and Art Direction

Manchester Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Manchester + 1 more

This course is concerned with the advanced exploration and application of principles of graphic design within the contexts of research and professional development. Engagement with digital and making technologies is central to discovering and harnessing new thinking in design. [+]

This course is concerned with the advanced exploration and application of principles of graphic design within the contexts of research and professional development. Engagement with digital and making technologies is central to discovering and harnessing new thinking in design. This course is of particular relevance to those interested in effective visual communication and developing innovative concepts and approaches in publication design, illustration, motion graphics, corporate identity, photography, design for digital media and graphic design for advertising. Features and benefits of the course Design Network Based in the heart of the School of Art, MA/MFA Design: Graphic Design and Art Direction is part of an innovative design network — a community of staff and students exploring design ideas in a discursive, cross-disciplinary studio environment. Critically informed practical designers, the group works experimentally, inspired by new insights and possibilities. While studying towards a particular qualification at MA/MFA level, students experience their subject in the broader context of contemporary design practice. Specialist Environment Dedicated spaces for the postgraduate community have been developed to enable the postgraduate community to flourish. These spaces, for thinking and practice, are located centrally within the School of Art, allowing easy access to an extensive range of workshops where the combination of traditional and state of the art equipment opens up a world of exciting possibilities. ABOUT THE COURSE The MA Design: Graphic Design and Art Direction is made up of four units totalling 180 credits. The programme is designed to help you acclimatise to the challenges of MA... [-]

Intensive Master in Fashion Design

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid
Online & Campus Combined Full time 10 months February 2018 Spain Madrid

The Intensive MA in Fashion Design is aimed at those who wish to delve into this sector and those who want to embark on a new professional future, and learn about the various opportunities encompassed in the field of fashion design, from product design to the commercial direction of a collection. In the last few years, fashion is experiencing a true revolution in the fields of production, design and strategic design, in all its areas, to ensure the permanence and success of brands in such a changing and competitive sector. The Intensive MA in Fashion Design offers training that conveys to students the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to be able to design and produce their own collection (even designing their garments), providing them with the necessary tools and an updated and realistic view of the fashion market. [+]

MA Degrees in Communication Design. THIS PROGRAM IS TAUGHT IN SPANISH The methodology is developed at three general levels: Theoretical, through classes given by professionals of the subjects taught. Practical: putting the acquired knowledge into practice on a day to day basis (drawing, pattern design, dress making, etc). Applying the concepts and knowledge acquired through work carried out and evaluated by each teacher (making a garment, the designer’s study, collection design) and which will be used to see the student’s development potential in each of the areas studied. In addition, visits and lectures are planned, and there is an audiovisual area to see fashion shows, which we will analyze and draw useful conclusions from in order to carry out the project. [-]