Course Comparison

MA Communication Design MA Photography
Master of Arts - MA Master of Arts - MA
1 year 1 year
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Full-time, Part-time route available Full-time, Part-time route available
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Plymouth Plymouth
School of Art, Design and Architecture School of Art, Design and Architecture
Entry requirements
An upper second degree in a related discipline such as Illustration, Publishing or Graphic Design (or similar design-related discipline such as Art, Creative Writing, Digital Media, among others), or a lower second, combined with evidence of the potential to achieve at Level 7, through the presentation of a strong portfolio of creative work.
Suitable references from previous academic institutions and/or employers.
English Language Requirement equivalent to 6.5 IELTS with a minimum 5.5 in all four components. Please check the University of Plymouth English language requirements webpage for additional information and equivalent recognised qualifications.
It is recommended, but not essential, that applicants can demonstrate work experience in a related professional sector
For applicants with previous postgraduate studies in related subjects, the Programme Lead will assess the applicability of the Recognition of Prior Learning policy on a case-by-case basis.
For entry to postgraduate level, you will normally need a 2:2 degree or above and evidence of a sustained engagement with fields such as photography, visual communication, film, journalism or environmental sciences, among others). 
The University also has substantial experience in supporting mature students and welcomes applicants in this category. Applicants with Accredited Prior Learning (APL) will be considered on an individual basis according to the University Regulations Framework. Students interested in transferring postgraduate credits will be considered on merit and current University regulations regarding transfer of credits from other institutions will apply.
Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio with their application.
If you are an overseas applicant you will be required to attend an interview with a portfolio – a Skype interview and electronic portfolio are possible.
You can check the compatibility of your qualifications with the UK equivalent through UK ECCTIS, who provide an advisory service.
If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5, with a minimum 5.5 in all four components.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office.