School of Creative Industries

MA Digital and Visual Communications

MA Full-time 12 months, Part-time 2 years

Start date(s)
16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (12 months),Part-time (2 years)
Campus location
University: City Campus
School of Creative Industries
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Why choose this course?

Are you a designer, artist, photographer or maker that relishes a challenge? If so, studying MA Digital and Visual Communications at the University of Wolverhampton will help enhance your career prospects and creative potential.

The course attracts students from a wide range of disciplines including (but not limited to):

  • Graphic Design.
  • Advertising Design.
  • Illustration.
  • Photography.
  • Animation.
  • Computer Games Design.
  • Multimedia Design.

The combination of international and UK students on the course creates a dynamic environment where you can advance your creative practice and build a greater appreciation of visual communications theory.

The course helps students to develop their creative design abilities while also gaining knowledge essential for a career in the competitive marketplace of international visual communications.


What happens on the course?

The course provides an opportunity to develop your creative practice, enhance your portfolio of practical work and explore a broad range of digital and visual communication theory.

Typical modules on the course include:

  • Creative Methodologies in Context.
  • Experimentation in Digital and Visual Communications Practice.
  • Developmental Processes in Digital and Visual Communications Practice.
  • Contemporary Contexts in Digital and Visual Communications.
  • Realisation in Digital and Visual Communications.

MA Show

On completion of the course, students have an opportunity to exhibit their final major project as part of the MA Show providing a great culmination to their studies. We are currently partnering with Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the New Art Gallery Walsall in hosting our MA Degree Shows. 

How will I be assessed?

Portfolio of practical work, presentation, essays and coursework.

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This course is designed to develop your creative and intellectual abilities through the investigation of a bespoke project aligned to your own particular interests and aspirations. The course is intended to promote ‘Thinking practitioners’ who will be well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities available within the growing global industry of Digital & Visual Communication.

The course attracts students from all over the world as well as from the UK. Current students hail from China, India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Germany and Greece. This course has a truly international perspective reflecting the global nature of the visual communications sector 

The members of academic staff who lead this course are Louise Fenton & Jane Webb

You will gain the intellectual and creative confidence to enable you to embrace the challenges and rewards of the global Digital and Visual Communications industry. Through the investigation of a personally designed project you will have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge to Masters Level, culminating in a showcase exhibition and portfolio.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £7995 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £8395 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £8395 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £8815 per year 2024-25
Home Part-time £3998 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £4198 per year 2023-24
Home Part-time £4198 per year 2023-24
Home Part-time £4408 per year 2024-25
International Full-time £14450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £15450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £15450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £15950 per year 2024-25

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

You should have a good Honours Degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent in a relevant subject.

A good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) is required.

You are also encouraged to apply if you have significant professional experience in a relevant subject.

Offers are subject to an interview and portfolio review.

International Applicants

Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements.

“The course gave me a strategy to think beyond my first ideas and to dig deeper into my research for unique results.”

Oana Maries, MA Digital and Visual Communications

“The balance of guidance and level of independent research helped me to broaden my horizons and improve my work.”

Yvonne John, MA Digital and Visual Communications

“Thanks to my time here I made new friends from all over the world and learned a lot.”

Philipp Debatin.

MA Digital and Visual Communications

Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £12,167 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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