Taught course

Communication Design: Information Design pathway

University of Reading · Department of Typography and Graphic Communication

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Entry requirements

A first or 2.1 honours degree(or equivalent from a university outside of the UK) in a design related subject. For exceptional candidates without such a degree, convincing evidence of relevant professional experience. Additionally, a practice portfolio and an example of academic writing are required.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Communication Design: Information Design Pathway combines the development of practical skills with the study of historical and theoretical issues, in a world-class research-intensive environment.

MA Communication Design integrates shared elements of study and pathway-specific elements. This Information Design pathway allows for specialisation and a deeper engagement with communication design.

The Information Design pathway focuses on the relationship between the presentation of information and user experience across different everyday applications and contexts of use. These include: data visualisation, document design, interaction design and wayfinding. Students examine and conceptualise services, experiences, and user journeys, and develop communication and visual systems that facilitate the effective delivery of complex information to users.

Why study MA Communication Design: Information Design Pathway at Reading?
  • Access to world-class collections and archives
  • Learn to apply a user-centred approach to support design decisions and generate new design opportunities
  • Practice within a research-intensive environment, where equal emphasis is placed on design theory and practice
  • Develop effective communication and visual systems
  • Produce functional, aesthetic and highly crafted complex documents, interfaces and interaction environments

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,735 per year (full-time)
International students
£16,450 per year (full-time)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team