Taught course

Visual Communication

Birmingham City University · School of Visual Communication

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualifications or professional experience.

PgCert / PgDip / MA

Months of entry


Course content

This course provides an interdisciplinary and specialist approach, reflecting the dynamic and contemporary practices within creative industries. Students will develop deep specialist knowledge, both in design and research.

The course provides an immersive and advanced learning experience for both advanced practitioners and recent graduates, within the broad field of visual communication. Students are encouraged to to create and engage with industry, alongside taught elements.

The variety of subjects covered within this degree allows students to receive guidance in forming a more specific interest for Master's level study.

Students will be able to specialise in one of 12 awards:

  • MA Visual Communication (User Experience Design)
  • MA Visual Communication (Digital Interface Design)
  • MA Visual Communication (Illustration)
  • MA Visual Communication (Graphic Design)
  • MA Visual Communication (Typographic Practice)
  • MA Visual Communication (Brand Experience Design)
  • MA Visual Communication (Advertising Design)
  • MA Visual Communication (Film)
  • MA Visual Communication (Animation)
  • MA Visual Communication (Motion Design)
  • MA Visual Communication (Photographic Practice)

Whether students have a definitive subject in mind, such as the design of print within a digital environment, or a broader interest in the study of communication design, the course echos the dynamic changes within its related industries.

The MA in Visual Communication is delivered through a one year programme for full-time students. Students will study throughout the duration of three semesters, PG Cert, PG Dip and MA. Each semester takes place over a 15 week period.


Semester 1 PgCert: Analytical Practice; Dissemination (case study in specialism).

Semeseter 2 PgDip: Contextual and Creative Practice; Dissemination (instructional lecture in specialism).

Semester 3 Master's: Advanced Practice and New Knowledge; Dissemination (publication and symposium in specialism).


The course provides a taught and structured experience; formal content is delivered and evaluated through a range of lectures (traditional and interactive), seminars, workshops, peer review exercises, resource based learning and individual and group tutorials; students undertake case studies, presentations and reflective journals.

Information for international students

Toefl 550; IELTS 6.0

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
4 months


full time
8 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Creative work80

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595