Subject Leader - Art & Design
Faculty of Arts, Science and TechnologyDiscover
Fees UK 23/24:
Full Time: £8,010
Part Time: £890 (per 20 credits)
Fees International 23/24:
Full Time: £16,500
For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:
This new multidisciplinary programme allows you to explore the communicative potential of a range of media channels to propose rich and immersive experiences that respond to complex social and commercial needs. By challenging norms and pushing critical, creative, and strategic processes we seek to equip you with the skills to become innovative, transformative, and disruptive communicators in the post-digital age.
Design, Communication and Experiences MA is suitable for those with interests in graphic communication, visual communication, spatial design, fine arts, advertising, UX/UI, XR transformation and more.
This studio-based MA encourages the free exchange and sharing of ideas, experimentation, peer group research, analysis, and critical evaluation within a positive and supportive environment. It seeks to develop graduates with strong self-belief and the ‘soft skills’ to confidently present their work and opinions.
Specifically, the MA Design, Communication and Experiences programme allows a space to think broadly around emerging societal and commercial visual communication needs and offers students from industrial or academic backgrounds opportunities to experiment with ideas and concepts to create a portfolio of conceptual and speculative work.
On MA Design, Communication and Experiences we welcome students from backgrounds in art, design, and technology, who wish to explore their practice through a mixture of traditional design practices and emerging technologies. This creative programme provides a post-graduate route for design professionals and academics to enter a global community, armed with the thinking skills they need to become the transformative communicators of the future.
You will use human-centred design processes to solve local and global challenges and see complex design problems as unique opportunities to create integrated experiences that deliver positive impact. This is an age where creatives are seizing the initiative, shaping their sectors, and joining with governments, businesses, consumers, and the wider public to enhance communication and tackle social issues.
You will set the agenda for how people interface with an increasing range of amorphous communication touchpoints. You will be the disruptive innovators who will be at the forefront of all our design futures; be they social or commercial; recognising the needs of changing demographics of place, environmental issues and race and gender; recognising how the digital and physical landscape surrounding us has negative and positive effects on how we interact with each other.
You will be super-charged creative collaborators who can work with multiple partners across disciplines to deliver your vision. You will not only understand the needs of clients and end-users, but be able to partner with advertisers, artists, developers, product designers, architects, gamers, and content creators to bring trans-media experiences to life, exploring the interactions between environments and the needs of audiences and consumers.
Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.
Applicants will normally have an honours degree with a first or upper second classification in a related creative, graphic, media or interactive design discipline. Other candidates with relevant industrial experience may also be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Prospective students will attend an interview with the programme leader and should present a portfolio of visual, creative work together with supporting evidence that is representative of their current creative practice.
For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.
If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Materials for workshops, entry to competitions associated with your programme of study, and those visits that are necessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge.
We recommend that you budget for additional printing costs (approximately £30 per year for laser and large format printing) and any specialist design materials that you may require (£50 or more depending on materials) per year.
There are optional trips, both within the UK and overseas: UK visits and Trips will cost approximately £50 per year. Overseas trips or visits will cost approximately £350 -450 per trip [this includes flights, airport transfers and B&B accommodation, but excludes food, drink, exhibition entry and city taxes].
The MA Degree Show additionally requires contributions [or your own fund-raising activities] to support the funding of a catalogue and marketing materials costing approximately £20 each, along with further contributions to exhibit at any off-site Graduate Design shows approximately £25 each. If you plan to produce physical artifacts [printed, 3D, digital tools or platforms, installations etc] you will need to fund these and, depending on what you decide to create, should expect to spend £100 -200.
As part of our course, you will get a free subscription to the full Adobe Creative suite for the duration of your course and we have our own suite of MacBooks to use in our design studios and access to iMacs however, if able, buying your own Apple computer is recommended.
As you will expect on an Art and Design course, you’ll be expected to provide your own day to day art and design materials such as sketchbooks, pens, pencils, markers, rulers etc. We have an onsite Art shop that can cater for all these needs and your staff team will talk you through what you will need prior to starting your course.
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2023/24 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.
*Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.
MA Design, Communication and Experiences students will have the opportunity to take International study trips, typically in Europe. Recent visits have included Berlin, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid and Barcelona. Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive (See Fees and Funding section). During your course, you will also have the opportunity to visit exhibitions and design agencies, along with meeting industry specialists and professionals on our campus.
You will be taught through a variety of methods such as;
You will be taught by your core team of Senior Lecturers, Lecturers and Associate Lecturers – and you have contact with them week in, week out. It is these lecturers that deliver the majority of your taught experience, set project briefs, assess your work and lead study visits.
You will be assessed through a range of communication design assignments and live projects [producing individual work as well as working with others] including design work submitted through portfolio presentations [digital and physical], oral presentations/pitches and written work.
You will have access to our well-equipped design studios support by technical demonstrators in a variety of traditional design and emerging digital and virtual disciplines.
The programme provides the contacts and spaces to explore practice through industry-set provocations and collaborations.
You will be able to partner with advertisers, artists, developers, product designers, architects, gamers, and content creators to bring trans-media experiences to live, exploring the interactions between environments and the needs for audiences and consumers.
You will be taught through a variety of methods such as;
You will have the opportunity to take international study trips, typically in Europe. Recent visits have included Berlin, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid and Barcelona.
During your course, you will also have the opportunity to visit exhibitions and design agencies, along with meeting industry specialists and professionals on our campus.
Students studying MA Design, Communication and Experiences may find careers in a range of communication fields including graphic design, content creation, digital transformation, advertising, branding and marketing, spatial and/or new product development and design.