MA Visual Communication

The MA Visual Communication, run by the Dublin School of Creative Arts at DIT, offers a unique opportunity for focussed study in an interdisciplinary environment that mixes studio practice with intellectual and historical inquiry.

The MA Visual Communication programme is one of five delivered through the Creative Arts Masters Platform. Students on the MA Visual Communications programme will join those on the other studio-based programmes in Interior Design, Fine Art, and Product Design, and those on the Contemporary Visual Culture programme, where students study the theory and criticism of contemporary visual culture or the history of art and design. The Platform allows specialisation within a dynamic mix of practical and critical disciplines, placing particular emphasis upon practice engaged with critical and historical debate.


The MA Visual Communication staff team include:

Clare Bell, Mary Ann Bolger, Brenda Dermody, Brenda Duggan, Con Kennedy, Louise Reddy.

Full details on staff can be found at


Course Outline:

The MA Visual Communication is a twelve-month, full-time programme divided between core modules, including Discourses in Contemporary Art and Design, Research Methods, and a Discipline-Specific Seminar Series, and modules designed to provide core and advanced studio skills. The programme is designed to equip students with a systematic understanding and knowledge informed by the forefront of visual communication theory and practice. It seeks to develop an expanded practice in and enhanced awareness of the broad remit and social/economic/public role of visual communication.

Key areas of practice on the MA include: typography; editorial design; branding; visual identity; public awareness campaigns; social design; digital technology narrative and space; and web and screen-based design. Seminar themes include: Text and Type: Critical typography at the intersection of academic, cultural and professional paradigms; Design Participation and Usability: Cultural and social factors in design with a particular focus on participatory culture, networks, the engaged citizen and ethnographically informed practice; Spaces and Places: Exploring the social, cultural and technical contexts in which visible language systems are produced.

The final Major Project module facilitates specialisation in key areas of interest through the development of a comprehensive body of work demonstrating a critical comprehension of the methodologies and the range of divergent practices that constitute contemporary visual communication design practice. The MA Visual Communication also provides the opportunity to work on live communication design projects with an industry, research, or community partner.


Visual Communication Discipline Specific 1 (15 ECTS)

This module is based on the students design practice where they work with their supervisors.

Visual Communication Discipline Specific 2 (20 ECTS)

This semester two module develops practical and/or written work toward the realisation of the MA practice work.

Research Methods (10 ECTS )
This module will introduce students to various research methods and techniques that will aid them in the construction of their research project. They will become familiar with different interpretative and historical frameworks and theoretical arguments that shape research.

Discourses in Art & Design (10 ECTS )
A comprehensive, two-semester survey of the discourses that shape current practice and criticism in contemporary art and design.

Discipline-Specific Seminar Series (5 ECTS)
This module facilitates close analysis of core texts, projects, or events within specific disciplines, according to the constitution of the student research group. Each seminar is led by one faculty member.  This might include practice-based learning for studio modules.

Visual Communication Discipline Specific 3 (30 ECTS)

For this semester three module the student produces practical and/or written work for their MA design submission.


Entry Requirements:

Bachelor Degree (Honours 2.1 or above) in relevant disciplines.



Assessment is by project and coursework. The programme culminates in the completion of a major project and report or dissertation.


Timetable / Hours

The programme is full-time and students will take a total of 30 credits of coursework per semester.



DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7 and DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1.


Further Information

Dr Tim Stott
Dublin School of Creative Arts
College of Arts and Tourism
DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7

T: 01 402 4129



EU Fees *

*The fees outlined for each course are provisional and are subject to change

For full-time postgraduate fees for 2015/16 click here

For information on funding please see the following link: Fees and Funding

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  • At a glance
  • MA Level 9
  • Duration One Year Full time 3 Semesters

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  • Dr Tim Stott Dublin School of Creative Arts College of Arts and Tourism DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7
  • 01 402 4129
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