Our MA Visual Communication Design (Management), has been crafted to meet the demands of 21st-century design thinking and is unique in its focus on preparing you for emerging careers. Created for aspiring design sector professionals, the course gives you the opportunity to bring your creative talent to the foreground while learning vital modern disciplines in the business side of the design and visual communication industry. Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), this MA is for future managers who will use design leadership techniques and apply design management strategies to drive successful outcomes in their organisations.
Standard entry onto the course takes place through a combination of portfolio assessment and evidence of a completed bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree at level 2:2 in a relevant discipline, such as: graphic design, multimedia and interactive design, visual communication, advertising and marketing, marketing and design, or IT. This list is not exhaustive, and previous academic qualifications are considered on a case by case basis.
Candidates who lack formal qualifications but possess significant, relevant experience will be considered on the basis of at least five years of relevant work experience and a portfolio of work. The portfolio must consist of a minimum of 5-10 complete design projects that display the design process and use of the full design cycle, with evidence of planning and research.
Students who wish to apply and who have not previously studied a related discipline will be considered if they undertake one of the pre-requisite modules from Arden’s BA (Hons) Graphic Design course. A minimum of 20 credits must be obtained in order to join the MA Visual Communication Design (Management) course.
IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent.
Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English, such as a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English, can be accepted.