Ravensbourne’s MA in Communication Design will enhance your creative potential through a challenging, dynamic and industry-focused course designed to give you a competitive edge.
The cutting edge of the creative industries
Ravensbourne’s MA Communication Design gives recent graduates and professionals working in the creative industries a clear career advantage in an increasingly competitive employment marketplace. It provides an environment that facilitates the in-depth study of a subject specialism whilst also maximising the opportunity for engagement and collaboration with a wider range of creative disciplines and a broader postgraduate academic community.
Times are changing
The MA Communication Design course has been developed in response to industry demand for creative professionals with specialist design skills and in-depth understanding of emerging technologies within the design and communication industries. As technology has become more pervasive and more accessible to everyone, design has assumed more importance and therefore communication designers need to be continuously able to offer new creative ideas to meet client needs.
Creative professionals for the future
The MA is designed to provide a balanced means of enhancing your capabilities both creatively and contextually.
You will engage fully in evolving your own approach to research to ensure that you can base decisions on evidence whilst at the same time allowing time for innovation. Alongside a capacity to conduct an enquiry, you will also need to be aware of technological change and of innovative models of doing business so that you are equipped to think of new ways of positioning products, services and brands in the minds of consumers.
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Who’s It For?
The MA Communication Design aims to provide an industry-focused course that encompasses issues central to contemporary design practice such as visual identity, publishing, design authorship, marketing communications and social engagement, through a process of analysis, experimentation and the practical testing and implementation of creative ideas
If you have the ambition to realise your creative potential and self-reliance within the challenging and changing world of the creative communication industries, then this dynamic and challenging course is for you.
What You Will Study
The course gives you the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the conceptualisation and practical realisation of innovative creative projects in your discipline area and provides you with the entrepreneurial skills to realise your commercial potential.
Having begun to develop advanced skills, the course also encourages you to originate, innovate or influence practice in your discipline area. You will develop your skills in independent learning, self-reflection and research necessary to sustain advanced creative practice.
The MA Communication Design course combines design education with professional design practice methods.
Learning is facilitated by permanent teaching staff, supported by sessional staff and visiting speakers, who are leading practising professionals working in the creative industries.
The course places considerable emphasis on collaborative learning and working methods. This means you will work closely with Ravensbourne students from other postgraduate design and media programmes, something that encourages effective team working and develops your communication skills.
There is an emphasis on “real world” ways of working, which gives you additional opportunities to develop professional skills and practices You are helped and encouraged to take on work experience and ‘live’ project work within the industry, which allows you to place your practical and theoretical knowledge in the context of a work environment.
Ravensbourne has a powerful network of collaborative partners in both design and media as well as a production company where students with appropriate skills and knowledge can practice and demonstrate their abilities.
Knowledge and understanding is primarily assessed through design projects, essays, project reports and individual and group presentations.
You will be required to conduct background research using existing literature on the subject and demonstrate a thorough understanding and critical reflection of the discipline.
You are required to own or have access to a laptop from the beginning of your studies. Laptops are an essential tool to support personalised learning and give you access, when and where you want it, to many of the creative tools and educational resources you will encounter during your studies.
Laptops are used extensively in all of our courses. You will need one to access our network, and to research, communicate and collaborate during your studies.