Taught course

Visual Communication

Bath Spa University · Bath School of Art and Design

Entry requirements

The usual requirement is a good first degree (2:1 and above, or the international equivalent) in a related subject area, in addition to a portfolio that demonstrates your visual ability. You may be selected based upon your particular work background, and your aptitude to the course. If your work experience is in a parallel field, appropriate to the course, we will consider your application.

MA Visual Communication; Pathways - Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography

Months of entry


Course content

Cities are sites of cultural, business and political exchange. Visual communication is a principal mode by which this exchange occurs. From large urban structures, through to an individual's footprint, the visual connects distinct facets into a particular and personal experience.

The MA Visual Communication is an innovative and accessible program with three specialist routes in Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography. The program will examine urban context through three international cities, where students will generate both individual and collaborative responses. The course is distinctive in its structure. Its students will gather at four week-long residential sessions, at Bath Spa University and in two other international cities. The destinations will vary and may include New York, Bangalore, Chicago, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Bangkok and others.

There will be programmed lectures, presentations and frequent opportunities to explore each city. A great advantage of the course structure is its collaborative workshop sessions 'Charrettes' in which students will share concentrated periods of intense study, designed to help the development of ideas. The residencies will be social, as well as educational.

Following each residency, individuals will develop their projects with online or onsite tutorial support. Collaborations and discussions with peers will continue through blogging and video conferencing. Students can also have access to workshop, darkroom and print facilities should they require it.

The flexibility of this course will allow students to work anywhere; you will not need to re-locate in order to study. The course is therefore ideal for emerging as well as established practitioners. In addition the course offers great potential to develop working relationships with those sharing a common interest, from a variety of countries and cultures across the world.

The purpose of this course is to enable each student to question re-establish and define their own professional practice. This will enable individuals to control their career trajectory with a view to working in the creative industries internationally. This may include working for design agencies, gaining freelance commissions and initiating commercial opportunities.

Information for international students

Non-native English speakers will need minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 550 or equivalent. For further information visit our website.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Andrew Southall
+44 (0) 1225 876 108