Postgraduate course

Visual Communication MA

Explore the rich forms of communication we encounter in every day life from street signs to computer games, newspapers to packaging.

Our Visual Communication MA is designed to help you develop your creative, imaginative and technical skills as a professional communicator. We will equip you with the skills to help you express your ideas in a creative and professional manner. You will gain the technical tools, the academic curiosity and the business confidence to pursue a successful and rewarding career in this field.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 year full-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Art, Design & Computer Science

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 in a related discipline

    Interview You'll be invited to attend an interview and discuss your creative practice

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £6,500

    International 2019-20 £12,750

Course overview

You'll be introduced to bespoke methods for designing digital experiences with the support of our industry partners. You will develop analytical and practical skills to help you develop, test and deliver exciting design solutions to a range of communication challenges.

You will explore a range of media in the fields of graphic design, branding, illustration, moving imagery, and virtual and augmented reality. You will be supported to create an exciting and contemporary personal portfolio of work informed by your research and practice.

The course will also prepare you to become more familiar in both virtual reality and augmented reality. You will have the chance to apply your creative talent and transferable skills through a diverse range of digital sectors to be ready to work in industry.

You'll be equipped with the skills to set up and manage your own business. Our course draws on expertise from across the University to deliver modules on a range of topics. Our collaboration with York Business School delivers entrepreneurial business modules to enable you to understand how creative practice and business can link together.

Course structure

Modules include:

  • Design Thinking (30 credits)
  • The Psychology of Marketing (15 credits)
  • Strategic Brand Management (15 credits)
  • Communication Design (30 credits)
  • Design Innovation Project: Visual Communication (30 credits)
  • Major Design Project: Visual Communication (60 credits)

Teaching and assessment

The programme has been designed to meet the needs of students who have just finished Undergraduate courses and those who are returning to learning.

We understand design as a practice-based discipline that also reflects upon itself. We want you to understand the interactive relationship between media and processes, between ideas and issues, and between designer and consumer with attention to critical and contextual discourse. 

You will experience a range of teaching and learning strategies across the modules, including reflective, independent, collaborative and supported learning. You will benefit from workshops, visiting speakers, field visits, work-related learning, seminar discussions, supervised projects and supported online learning.

You will receive technical supervision to help your academic work and support you as you learn new skills.

Mock assessments and portfolio reviews will be employed throughout the course. Feedback will be given at key points during your studies to help you reflect and develop as a designer and prepare you for future modules.

Assessment will take a variety of forms including portfolio work, creative projects, presentation of visual works, research reports and case studies.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Entry onto this Master’s Degree requires a minimum of a 2:2 Undergraduate honours degree in a related discipline.

If your honours degree is not in a related discipline but you can provide a strong portfolio of visual work, your application will be considered.

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (with no skill below 5.5).

Interview

Applicants are also invited for interview.

At interview you will be asked to:

  • Provide a creative proposal for what you may wish to undertake during the course.
  • Present a portfolio of work that demonstrates your existing and current project work, creative practices and skills.

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate Loan: A Postgraduate Loan is available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more on the Government website.

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJ Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking PG level study (excludes PGCE). 

International (non-EU) 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. 

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