Communication Design

Robert Gordon University


The MA programme provides a series of connected learning experiences, which are delivered through four modules. The Communication Design pathway within the Programme enables you to develop the skills, critical understanding and specialist knowledge and methodologies required to follow a rewarding career as an independent communication designer: illustrator, graphics or web, or related work.

Applied Practice:
You will be supported in identifying and acquiring the most appropriate research and practice based strategies for the development of your Communication Design creative practice.

Critical Contextual Studies and Research Methods:
You will be introduced to a key set of research methods and thematic issues integral to the programme. These are delivered through a set of discursive lectures and seminars, resulting in a reflect essay exploring your contextual, societal or theoretical outlook related to Communication Design.

Personal Development and Professional Networks:
You will reflect, evidence, evaluate and present your work across a range of outputs; exhibition, online journal and collaborative networks.

Masters Project:
The culmination of the 3 previous modules provides a critical platform for a self-directed major piece of practice-based research. You will also be required to produce an extended piece of analytical and critical writing in support of your practice-based work.

You can exit after Stage 1 with PgCert Communication Design.

You can exit after Stage 2 with PgDip Communication Design.

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or above in a relevant subject. Applicants with a lower degree classification and/or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Gray's School of Art

SCQF Level



Career Area

Art and Design

Career Sectors

3 Dimensional Design

Fashion or Textile Design

Fine Art or Graphic Design

Interior Design or Display