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Plymouth College of Art: Visual Communication

Institution Plymouth College of Art View institution profile
Department Critical and Cultural Studies
Study type Taught


Our MA Visual Communication programme encourages the development of an individual and distinctive contemporary graphics practice through considered engagement with current contexts and audiences.

Ethos The MA Visual Communication brings together design-led and research-driven approaches to an increasingly important practice and field of study. Our programme takes a critically informed and widely experimental approach to the production, form and circulation of ‘message’. The programme is ideas-driven, and devised to assist you in developing your unique approach within the broad field of contemporary communication-led practices, including graphic design, information design, typography, packaging design, branding, and more. You will engage in design thinking and research-centred projects, developing visual literacies through iterative design.

Outline Through your work, you will develop a critical framework that will enable you to take on complex ideas and respond to commercial demands. The programme addresses areas of information design, work motivated by social needs, local, national and global contexts, and commercial propositions. You will develop a critical understanding of your subject by testing and evaluating contemporary techniques and a combination of processes, from letterpress, laser cutting, animation, photography and screen printing, to the latest software suites. Taught delivery within the programme provides a mix of discipline-specific methods and cross-disciplinary approaches that can be applied across creative and commercial sectors. Our shared module structure allows you to develop a dialogue with creative practitioners across the Graduate School.

Supported practices This programme supports critically-investigative practices in graphic design, motion graphics, information design, moving image and typography.


Plymouth College of Art
Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent, university-sector art school – run by artists, for artists. Founded in 1856, we offer a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Degree study across Art, Design and Digital Media, combining over a century’s worth of history with contemporary thinking and cutting-edge facilities.

Our city centre campus is a close-knit and collaborative community of artists, designers and makers, also home to our ‘fabrication laboratory’, Fab Lab Plymouth, and to our public-facing gallery MIRROR, which exhibits national and international artists and shows.

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