Taught course

Communication Design

Glasgow School of Art · Design

Entry requirements

Admission to the MDes in Communication Design programme can occur at any time during the academic year; the admissions cycle begins in late September for intake in the following September. Although there are no deadlines, early application is encouraged in order to ensure a place on the programme. All applicants should normally have a good honours degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent professional practice. The admissions requirements for the MDes in Communication

Design programme are:

  • a fully completed application form, including two
  • references;
  • submission of a 500 word written text outlining personal
  • motivation for undertaking postgraduate study, and
  • specific reasons for applying to the programme;
  • submission of a portfolio of work (20-30 images, at 300
  • dpi, with an accompanying image list);
  • demonstration of critical awareness at interview (if
  • conducted).

Overseas applicants who are unable to attend for interview must submit the proposal and portfolio work. In addition, a telephone interview may be required. Overseas applicants for whom English is not their first language should normally obtain a minimum score of 6.0 in the IELTS test or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Design (M.Des) in Communication Design is a two year programme delivered by the Department of Communication Design at Glasgow School of Art. The programme is practice-led and process-oriented in relation to definitions of broad design practices. It is also committed to the acquisition of principles within design theory relating to educational and commercial contexts. The programme provides rigorous methods for the interrogation of visual and textual research, positing questions relating to the role of the designer in society, and fundamental questions regarding personal and social responsibility.

The programme aims to:

  • Offer each individual student the opportunity to critically develop his or her own work in the context of a rigorous but supportive intellectual climate;
  • Encourage students to identify and explore key contextual issues relevant to their practice as contemporary designers;
  • Develop students' awareness and knowledge base in communication design philosophy, theory, practice and research in the context of innovative forms of communication design;
  • Enable Communication Design graduates to critically evaluate their work and that of their peers in the context of contemporary design practices;
  • Enable students to achieve the highest possible standards in their work, so that graduates have the confidence, maturity and intellectual and interpersonal skills necessary to function successfully in the communication design field;
  • Equip students with the highly developed intellectual, practical and interpersonal skills deemed necessary for careers in design.

Information for international students

You must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no lower than 5.5 in any component.

Fees and funding

Please see the website for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
4 months


full time
8 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Brian Cairns