Communication Design

Key Facts

Staff

Programme Overview

How to Apply

Further Information on applying to the Graduate School is available from registry@gsa.ac.uk

Award

MDes Communication Design. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.

Assessment

Coursework, essays, practical design projects. Formative assessments take place at key points throughout the year with summative assessments at the end of each academic year.

Facilities
Range of facilities including dedicated studio space, crit/group tutorial spaces, Case Room with a range of equipment including letterpress, Macs, digital cameras, animation, linoprints, wood engravings and monoprinting, photographic studios with facilities for colour and black and white processing.

Indicative Material Costs
c. £500
Applicants should remember to budget for the cost of the materials they will use during their studies.

Graduate Destinations
Graduates from the GSA's department of Communication Design have gone on to work with Pentagram, Graphic Thought Facility, Studio Fernando Gutiérrez, Lust, O-SB, Weiden + Kennedy, Lewis Moberly, BBC, Stand, ISO, or succeed in freelance practice, working in publishing, editorial, film and TV.

Head of Department
Dr. Donna Leishman


Programme Leader
Brian Cairns

 

Staff
Colin Faulks
Andy Stark

Programme Overview

The Master of Design (M.Des) in Communication Design is a two year programme delivered by the Department of Communication Design at Glasgow School of Art. The programme is practice-led and process-oriented in relation to definitions of broad design practices. It is also committed to the acquisition of principles within design theory relating to educational and commercial contexts. The programme provides rigorous methods for the interrogation of visual and textual research, positing questions relating to the role of the designer in society, and fundamental questions regarding personal and social responsibility.

The programme aims to:

  • Offer each individual student the opportunity to critically develop his or her own work in the context of a rigorous but supportive intellectual climate;
  • Encourage students to identify and explore key contextual issues relevant to their practice as contemporary designers;
  • Develop students' awareness and knowledge base in communication design philosophy, theory, practice and research in the context of innovative forms of communication design;
  • Enable Communication Design graduates to critically evaluate their work and that of their peers in the context of contemporary design practices;
  • Enable students to achieve the highest possible standards in their work, so that graduates have the confidence, maturity and intellectual and interpersonal skills necessary to function successfully in the communication design field;
  • Equip students with the highly developed intellectual, practical and interpersonal skills deemed necessary for careers in design.

Further information is available online at; http://www.gsamcd.com