Visual Communication (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MA)

Students working on a visual communications project

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Draw on a wide range of visual artistic disciplines to extend your ability to communicate effectively

In this rapidly developing environment, the most successful practitioners are those people who can embrace interdisciplinary approaches, adopt the widest range of skills, and fully appreciate the ways in which the industry is evolving. To help meet the challenge of multi-disciplinary design communication, the University of Gloucestershire has developed this innovative MA programme which draws on the strengths of its staff working across many creative fields.

Graphic design, photography, illustration, digital, moving image and fine art are just some of the complementary disciplines that you will be able to explore during the course. You will be actively encouraged to look at problem solving from alternative viewpoints, with an emphasis on creative experimentation and innovative risk taking.

Your MA studies will have, at their core, your desire to develop a practical creative project; one you already have in mind or which arises as a result of consultation with your lecturers. The range of outcomes is unlimited, or rather, they are only limited by your imagination. Your final masters stage project will predominantly be a practice-based piece that is either the product of an interdisciplinary creative approach or focused around a particular area of enquiry.

Study style

Your studies will be supported and enhanced through a stimulating programme of lectures and seminars, while further inspiration will be gained through talks, study visits and discussion groups led by visiting professional practitioners. Assessment is by the completion of a series of practical projects, with accompanying research and enquiry. In addition, you will complete three written assignments, relating to your work and the contemporary creative industries. There are no formal exams on this course. Choose from full-time and part-time study options.

Entry requirements

  • you will need at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • you will be required to submit a portfolio of work
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent


Fees - 2017/18 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Masters £6000
Postgraduate Diploma £4000
Postgraduate Certificate £2000
Non-EU Students
Masters £13500
Postgraduate Diploma £9000
Postgraduate Certificate £4500

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full or part-time study. Fees can be paid in instalments over the duration of study with further details available in our tuition fee policy.


This course will support your progress into or through a wide range of careers within the creative industries.

Associated professional accreditations

Creative Skillset

Expert guidance

Learn from practitioners with highly relevant, extensive industry experience and real-world case studies.

Artistic community

Work alongside complementary disciplines including illustrators, graphic designers, animators, web designers, photographers and film makers.

Creative experimentation

Learn how to problem-solve from alternative viewpoints using innovative risk-taking and creative experimentation.

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