Billy Paterson, Communication Design, 2022.

Communication Design

BA (Hons) Communication Design
School of Design

Programme Overview

The BA (Hons) Communication Design programme provides a dynamic, inclusive, and supportive learning environment that fully equips graduates as 21st-century designers, whether in professional studio practice or further academic study. The curriculum consists of an exciting range of project-based practical and theoretical courses, which vary in length within and across the two academic semesters each year. Stages 1 and 2 provide a solid, broad-based platform in research, experimentation and critical thinking ahead of choosing a specialist pathway for Stages 3 and 4. Pathways include Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography/lens-based practice. The programme supports students in developing knowledge and understanding to undertake sophisticated research and visual problem-solving. Students acquire appropriate skills to contribute to the broader international contexts and territories of communication design and the ability to respond sensitively to complex ethical, societal, and environmental challenges. The programme promotes a culture that recognises collaboration, interdisciplinary peer-learning, and independence as essential elements in the effective practice of Communication Design. The research, scholarly activity, and professional practice of staff directly inform the contemporary relevance of the programme. Within the programme, Studio courses provide a series of incremental project-based experiences with opportunities to reflect upon learning as it develops towards building a critical practice. Design History and Theory courses explore critical and contextual perspectives, and courses shared with other programmes, including Co-Lab and Design Domain, foster expanded perspectives by connecting broader domains of learning and knowledge. Opportunities for student international exchanges, collaborative learning, industry projects, and careers and enterprise experiences help support how students develop graduate skills and attributes. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow.

Liv Dugdale, Communication Design, 2023.


Liv Dugdale, Communication Design, 2023.

How to Apply

More on How to Apply / Year 1 Entry / Advanced Entry (or getting into Year 2 direct).

Jingjing Ke, Interaction Design, 2023.

Application Guidelines + Digital Portfolio

Iris Nicholson, Communication Design, 2023.

This guide contains important information including entry requirements, English language requirements, the application process and sample portfolios.

Graduate Showcase

Join us for Degree Show - immerse yourself in our digital showcase of graduating students' work and see final year projects from students of this programme.

Katie Smith, Communication Design, 2023.

Graduate destinations

Indicative Programme Costs

Information for future students on planning your budget, studio and workshop access, technical services, study abroad and exchange, library and further support.

Anna-Rose McChesney, Communication Design, 2023.

Current Programme Specification

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Resource Lists

Visit the library for the specialist reading lists for this programme. Key resources are expected to be read/viewed by all students enrolled on this course during study. You can also find wider and suggested reading on the subject, with many of the contents available to read online once students have enrolled on the programme.

Billy Paterson. Communication Design, 2023.

International Students + VISAs

As one of the leading art schools in the UK, The Glasgow School of Art welcomes international students to all of its programmes. The School offers an environment in which difference is encouraged and diversity of background and approach is valued.

Yimei Lu, MDes Fashion & Textiles, 2023.

Exchange & Study Abroad

The Glasgow School of Art has an extensive student and staff exchange programme with about 75 of the world’s leading Art, Design and Architecture schools. These partnerships have been built up over many years through academic relationships and collaborations and extend to all corners of the world.

Gabriel Christys, Painting and Printmaking, 2023.

This programme participates in the Glasgow Clyde College Associate Student Scheme

This programme participates in the scheme supporting applicants from their HNC Art & Design to Year 2 of this and other programmes.

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This programme is subject to validation

We review the content of our programmes regularly, making changes where necessary to improve the student experience and our graduate prospects.  This programme is being reviewed and is subject validation. You can read more about what ‘Subject to Validation’ means here.

Poppy Fraser. Painting & Printmaking, 2023.
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