Masters Degree in Visual Design

Top 43 Masters Programs in Visual Design 2017

Visual Design

A masters is the first level of graduate coursework and can be obtained after you receive a bachelor’s degree. Earning a masters usually requires two years of full-time study, which amounts to 36 to 54 semester credits.

 

Students who study visual design may develop the skills to be able to communicate in a variety of visual and graphic aspects. Programs might vary, but common topics include layout, format, typography, composition and visual elements.

Master Degree in Visual Design

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MDes Industrial Design

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Campus Full time Part time 18 - 30  September 2017 China Suzhou + 1 more

The MDes in Industrial Design is for graduates or professionals with design or engineering backgrounds, who want to broaden and deepen their design and design research thinking. [+]

Master Degrees in Visual Design. Overview Growth in China will redefine patterns of consumption, production, and cultural appropriation domestically and globally for generations to come. As China-based companies shift to a designed-in-China strategy and international companies seek to design for the Chinese market, career opportunities for graduates of this programme will be numerous. The MDes Industrial Design programme is for graduates or professionals with design or engineering backgrounds, who want to broaden and deepen their design and design research thinking. You will develop an appreciation for and practice cross-cultural approaches towards design and product, service and systems development. Options are available for part-time study for working professionals. Following this programme, you will develop individual specialism skills while maintaining a generalist, transdisciplinary outlook towards design. During the first semester of this programme, you will advance your competencies in design research methods, transdisciplinary design tools, innovation processes, and design visualisation and communication. In the following two semesters, you will be supervised by academic staff to develop and carry out your own design research project. Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Knowledge and skills You will be encouraged to take advantage of the transdisciplinary nature of this programme, with an emphasis on development and evaluation of new investigative methods and approaches. Your projects can have an academic emphasis to prepare for doctoral study or be based on a more applied, industry-focused agenda. Modules •... [-]

Master of Design (MDes) Interaction Design

HK PolyU School of Design
Campus Full time September 2017 Hong Kong Kowloon

The Interaction Design specialism is directed at students with a passion for people and technology, who have curiosity about the future and want to shape how information is accessed and used, how environments might change based on need, or how embedded information in products support use. [+]

The Interaction Design specialism is directed at students with a passion for people and technology, who have curiosity about the future and want to shape how information is accessed and used, how environments might change based on need, or how embedded information in products support use. Those with a Bachelor’s degree in design (visual communication, product, digital media, or environmental design), communication, information technology, or even psychology may find interaction design to be the next step in their professional development. Aims This specialism seeks to enhance human ability and life through the design of innovative, interactive and experiential ideas, based on a synthesis of human thought patterns and habits with technical means. A combination of theory, planning strategies, research, and technical skills provide the foundation for workshops that explore emerging aspects of interaction design, based on human needs and pleasures as well as technological development. Objectives This specialism seeks to join theory and action by: putting people first in the people/technology equation — explore human-centredness understanding active communication processes on which interactivity is built learning methods for analysis and construction of interaction design working across communication technology, product interface, and service systems focusing on one of the above as an alternative focus developing a holistic approach to human-centred interaction that includes problem or opportunity identification, research, prototyping and execution Entrance Requirement A Bachelor’s degree in design or the equivalent in a related discipline is required. Candidates with other tertiary qualifications complemented by substantial relevant professional experience will be considered on... [-]

Master (MA) Communication Design

Ravensbourne
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Ravensbourne MA Communication Design pathway explores skills in strategic business thinking, market research, creativity and problem-solving and technology to offer innovative communication [+]

MA Communication Design

The Ravensbourne MA Communication Design pathway explores skills in strategic business thinking, market research, creativity and problem-solving and technology to offer innovative communication solutions.

The Ravensbourne MA Communication Design pathway explores advanced practice in contemporary communication design, from visual identity, publishing and design authorship, to marketing communications and social engagement.

This broad-ranging discipline is concerned not only with developing the message and its aesthetic, but also with creating new media channels to ensure the message reaches its target audience effectively.

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Master in Film & Visual Arts

East London University
Campus Full time February 2017 South Africa East London

The East London Visual Arts and Film program is designed for a new generation of storytellers: artists who share a passion for visual and performing arts across a wide array of media and want to learn by making their own projects in a hands-on, intensive program. [+]

The East London Visual Arts and Film program is designed for a new generation of storytellers: artists who share a passion for visual and performing arts across a wide array of media and want to learn by making their own projects in a hands-on, intensive program. Our programs balance the study of the craft with practical experience to train students to be the best filmmakers and visual artists and performers they can be. This is achieved by a rigorous schedule of classroom instruction, hands-on workshops, and immediate practical experience. The program prepares the next generation of smart screen creatives. It builds creative and technical skills essential to succeed in today's film, television and new media industries. Our professional tutors and high-caliber guest speakers teach the fundamentals of storytelling, production and screen business skills. Career skills: Secure employment in the creative screen industries with first-hand practical guidance from working industry professionals Real-life experience: Build an attractive portfolio and put your knowledge into practice during the course, by working with external companies and creating projects for industry clients High-caliber guest speakers and tutors: Learn from the best industry professionals Intensive and fast: Complete your course in just two years and start working in the industry faster The East London Visual Arts and Film program will test your ability to juggle projects, meet tight deadlines, and manage your creative energies. The goal is to provide you with the skills and background you need to expand and express your creative vision, and develop career... [-]

Interior Design - 1st Level Master Degree

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Rome
Campus Full time January 2018 Italy Rome

Interior design requires detailed knowledge of history, art, sociology, psychology, materials science, adequate training on regulations, systems and functional needs of the buyers. The goal of the Master in Interior Design is preparing professional to develop the various stages of a project, ranging from concept to completion of a product (from industrial design to the living space) assessing all the aspects of a project. The teaching methodology starts from the history of design and market (strategy & business) to the concept of a project characterized by a strong identity and the real chance of being carried out. [+]

Master Degrees in Visual Design. THIS PROGRAM IS TAUGHT IN ITALIAN Entry Requirements: This Master must include an Honours Degree in the fields of architecture, engineering, design, economics or humanities. Admission is subject to interview, presentation of CV and portfolios. Methodology and structure: The methodology of the Master in Interior Design is based on the project, with the participation of companies and professional firms whose representatives work as part of the faculty of the course. The Master in Design offers a training programme that, by integrating the methodological, technical and design aspects, gives participants the opportunity to enhance a complete professional approach, declinable and valid in various fields of work. The teaching methodology leads to concrete project experiences and a permanent research on themselves, with the aim of creating a strong and distinguishable identity. The Master in Interior Design is designed on the basis of a learning/teaching model reflecting the organizational structure of a design firm, serving as a context in which the multiplicity of prior knowledge represents a value. The tutor has a role of mediation and supports learning process while the student is an active part in the construction of his own skills especially those related to design world. All other disciplines, such as strategy, project communication, business and communication technology graft organically onto multiple project experiences. Teaching methodology is divided into a methodological phase, a design phase and a final moment of synthesis. In all the three phases, lessons include workshops aimed at building and sharing experiences... [-]

Master in Global Design

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Barcelona
Campus Full time January 2018 Spain Barcelona

The aim of the Master in Global Design is to acquire a global vision, open to collaborations with other design disciplines and gain sensitivity and predisposition towards working together with other professionals or join multidisciplinary teams. [+]

THIS PROGRAM IS TAUGHT IN ENGLISH Designers interested in developing their career in a global society should conceive design as a global practice. Day after day, the markets are becoming more competitive and ever changing, while the consumer is more demanding when it comes to quality and shows an increasing interest in cultural, ethical or environmental aspects that traditionally haven’t been properly noticed, until today. This context requires from companies and institutions an understanding of the complex market reality and the discovery of strategies that enable them to satisfy the consumer’s needs and demands, and outstand among their competitors. In the last few years, products (whether they are an object, a dress, a space) are no longer perceived for their physical dimension, but for every single detail surrounding them: they way they are shown (both in virtual and real life), their in-store presence, their packaging, the graphics and their visual communication. The experience of buying, using and consuming is increasingly related to the values associated with a product and the brand it belongs to (intangible values, such as symbols or emotions) that influence customer loyalty towards them. For all this, today we cannot comprehend the conception of a new product, space of service without the involvement and complicity of professionals from different disciplines. Those professionals with a global conception, capable of understanding together languages and ways to work will be able to collaborate with other designers or join multidisciplinary work teams, in addition to being those prepared to offer a... [-]

Master in Visual Design

Scuola Politecnica di Design SPD
Campus Full time 15  October 2017 Italy Milan

From identity to editorial design, from information graphics to digital communication: the designer is called on to take care of all the graphic and visual aspects in the communication process. The programme of the Master’s course caters for the complexity of this scenario and allows profound experiences in the various areas of graphic design. The programme develops in an ongoing relation among these disciplines... [+]

Master Degrees in Visual Design. From identity to editorial design, from information graphics to digital communication: the designer is called on to take care of all the graphic and visual aspects in the communication process. The programme of the Master’s course caters for the complexity of this scenario and allows profound experiences in the various areas of graphic design. The programme develops in an ongoing relation among these disciplines in order to promote a higher level of professionalism and enhance the technical proficiency of the designers. The studio classes draw up the students’ design thinking and their graphic abilities by reproducing the challenging dynamics which are peculiar to the professional practice. Format, layout and composition, typography and visual elements are closely investigated as key elements of the language of the graphic representation. The plan of studies includes advanced training into all the professional tools and up-to-date technologies. ADMISSION Upon selection the Master admits graduates in Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Advertising or their equivalents and students from Fine Arts Academies with graphic orientation; candidates who have gained significant professional experience in the field. The program has a limited number of places available. Applicants will be admitted upon selection based on the student’s CV, portfolio and on an interview. DURATION The Master lasts 15 months (from October to December of the following year, with a summer break in August). Attendance is compulsory and full time. The total workload of the course corresponds to 1500 hours/student encompassing lessons, class exercises, internship and individual... [-]

Master in Animation & Visual Effects

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3  September 2017 USA San Francisco

The MFA in Animation & Visual Effects program focuses on developing skills in any one of the many areas of expertise within the animation and visual effects industry. The program educates students in all aspects of animation and visual effects, from ideation to post production. [+]

The MFA in Animation & Visual Effects program focuses on developing skills in any one of the many areas of expertise within the animation and visual effects industry. The program educates students in all aspects of animation and visual effects, from ideation to post production. Communication, collaboration, and time management skills are emphasized throughout the program to ensure graduates are acclimated to the intense professional culture that awaits them. MFA Animation & Visual Effects Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Animation & Visual Effects Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree Demonstrate the feasibility of the thesis project Produce a professional-standard project, with topical content for the industry, showcasing technical and artistic ability. Technical Skills Demonstrate facility with animation technology and software. Presentation Skills Clearly discuss work and workflow process with a review committee, using industry terminology. Effectively pitch ideas to the review committee Create visually compelling, professional quality presentation materials Preproduction Skills (Project Development) Execute projects that demonstrate attention to: research, analytical thinking, detail, flexibility in problem solving, and revision. Collaboration Collaborate effectively to produce creative projects Professional Readiness Present a comprehensive demo reel / portfolio demonstrating professional-level achievement of specialty... [-]

Master of Design and Crafts

Estonian Academy of Arts
Campus Full time August 2017 Estonia Tallinn

The Estonian Academy of Arts offers a Master's programme in Design and Crafts, delivered in English. The students enter a common programme but also select a discipline: ceramics, glass art and design, jewellery and blacksmithing, textile design, leather art and accessory design, or fashion design. [+]

Master Degrees in Visual Design. The two-year Design & Crafts MA programme prepares students for professional practice and helps them identify their own positions as artists — within their communities, society, design field, global economy, natural environment and other contexts. The programme provides students with as many real-world, hands-on situations as possible by giving them access to practising professionals and diverse opportunities. The programme also develops and changes with the students. With each new group, we start with roundtable discussions to find out what our students actually want. What experiences do they value? What is the focus of their interests? What are their professional dreams? The students enter a common programme but also select a specialisation. Students who study in the Design & Crafts programme remain closely connected with their chosen discipline. Regardless of the specialisation, the MA programme focuses on collaboration. This includes group tasks that cross disciplines, so that students with different backgrounds and study experience work together. A significant part of the coursework takes place in the form of workshops (supervised by international lecturers), which aim to break routine and provide inspiration. Design & Crafts specialisations: ceramics glass art and design jewellery and blacksmithing textile design leather art and design fashion design Material-based design and craft disciplines have a unique outlook and philosophy, and the Estonian Academy of Arts is one the few places in the world where it is possible to study in some of these fields at the MA level. Each MA graduate should be... [-]

Master in Photography and Visual Design

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano
Campus Full time October 2017 Italy Milan

The Master in Photography and Visual Design program integrates theoretical study with laboratories and project workshops. Your coursework in visual theory and the history of photography will be enriched by guided visits to research centers, performance spaces, audiovisual production facilities, publishing houses, theatres, artists’ studios, museums, and contemporary art galleries. [+]

5 SCHOLARSHIPS UP FOR GRABS SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL DESIGN. Deadline: May 12 The Master in Photography and Visual Design program integrates theoretical study with laboratories and project workshops. Your coursework in visual theory and the history of photography will be enriched by guided visits to research centers, performance spaces, audiovisual production facilities, publishing houses, theatres, artists’ studios, museums, and contemporary art galleries. Your workshops will take place in studios equipped with the latest equipment and technologies. In collaboration with partner companies and institutions, faculty will give you assignments that simulate real-world projects. Workshops focus on a range of areas, including photography exhibitions, photography magazines, photo/video interactions, and corporate projects. During the final phase of the program, you’ll complete a period of internship at a selected company or institution, such as a publishing company, editorial office, photo agency, photo archive, museum, gallery, or photo studio. There, you have a chance to make connections and gain practical knowledge that will facilitate your entry into the world of photography, visual arts, and communication. You’ll learn professional presentation techniques that will be useful in the working environment, and you’ll develop the technical and practical skills you need to succeed as a photographer/visual designer in national and international markets. The Master in Photography and Visual Design program is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) as an Academic Master’s degree (60 CFs). Curriculum Project and Set Design, Photography (Magazines), Photo Editing, History of Photography, Theory of Image, Photo Documentation,... [-]

International Master of Design

Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Visual Communication Institute
Campus Full time September 2017 Switzerland Basel

The MDes UIC/HGK addresses students who want to be part of an international program influenced by the tradition of Swiss Graphic Design and the current academic perspective and standards of the Visual Communication Institute, The Basel School of Design HGK FHNW. Of special interest for students is the opportunity to graduate with an internationally accredited Master of Design (MDes) from UIC and the Swiss equivalent, MAS in Graphic Design I– Iconicism and Graphic Design II– Mediality from the HGK. [+]

Master Degrees in Visual Design. The Visual Communication Institute HGK FHNW, in Basel offers internationally accredited curricula on the Bachelor, Master and PhD level reflecting the rich tradition of the Basel School of Design in particular and Swiss Graphic Design in general. The City of Basel, located in the trinational Rhine river valley, is a unique cultural environment with easy access to France and Germany. While our Bachelor course focuses on the students’ ability to conduct a creative process, our Master programs strive to extend the students’ individual design vocabulary and to reach a higher level of reflection through the students’ ability to include knowledge and methodologies of scientific disciplines into the creative process. We offer a Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research and an International Master of Design, which we conduct in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Both Master programs are based on the following assessment: In the context of the digital flood of images, expanded qualifications are required. A design practice based purely on craftsmanship or technical skills no longer meets the demands of visual communication, nor does a reflection on visual messages entirely derived from theory. Connecting design practice with iconic- and media theory, generates new qualifications in the conception and design of visual messages for the context of a current, digitalized, iconic communication. International Master of Design UIC/HGK Basel The MDes UIC/HGK addresses students who want to be part of an international program influenced by the tradition of Swiss Graphic... [-]

Master in Graphic Design

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Florence
Campus Full time 10  January 2018 Italy Florence

The master in Graphic Design offers a path that is developed in a continuous relation between different fields, integrating the knowledge of the tools and technologies, the project culture and methodology with a sensibility towards Visual Communication and its representations. Particular attention will be given to the New Media aspects and to the new frontiers of web communication, in order to create professional figures capable of acting within an evolving scenario. The Graphic Designer figure, today, is particularly dynamic; being not only an expert in Visual Languages, but also a director of Communication Strategies based on the sign that is expressed on physical support in both real locations and virtual environments. The Graphic Designer works in Advertisement and Communication Companies, in Web Agencies, in Publishing Houses or as a Freelancer in his own facility; he is able to interact with multiple clients in different fields thanks to a developed versatility. This professional figure, in fact, has the necessary tools to keep updated and anticipate the times, offering innovative solutions to his clients. [+]

THIS PROGRAM IS TAUGHT IN ENGLISH The Master in Graphic Design aims to fill the gap that is often created between available study paths and the ever-more demanding professional world, particularly in terms of acquired experiences and skills. Target The master is tailored for graduates or professionals in the areas of Graphics, Architecture, Design, Fine Arts and Advertising. Participants with an adequate (two years) experience in the fields of management, communication, marketing, public relations or visual communications (graphic, product, interior, advertising, photography, web or social) are also welcome. Method and Structure The Master has a complete and articulate program thanks to a balanced didactic structure, organized in three main areas: Cultural, Tools and Techniques and Project. The Cultural area's main objectives include the acquisition of notions and an effective method of communication of several types of projects. This area includes lectures, classes, workshops and individual studies. The second area of Tools and Techniques aims at the application of graphic design in diverse contexts with particular attention to developing areas (video, social communication, mobile UI/UX, interface design and digital publishing). The Project area is mainly practical and strategic and aims at the complete management of a communication project in all of its phases in collaboration with companies or other external partners. Lessons and classes are all structured as working briefs and workshops. Participants will work on the basis of real briefs which are inserted from the start in a context that reconstructs the dynamics of working companies and studio in multiple... [-]

Master in Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising

Domus Academy
Campus Full time 12  September 2017 Italy Milan

The Master in Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising program investigates the role of the fashion stylist—one who selects the clothing for fashion editorials, advertisements, music videos, etc.—alongside the role of the visual merchandiser, one who creates three-dimensional fashion displays to provide customers with fresh in-store experiences. The program proposes merging these two roles to create a new professional profile: that of the “visual fashion brand communicator,” who directs the visual communication of a fashion brand. [+]

Master Degrees in Visual Design. Look. Select. Combine. The Master in Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising program investigates the role of the fashion stylist—one who selects the clothing for fashion editorials, advertisements, music videos, etc.—alongside the role of the visual merchandiser, one who creates three-dimensional fashion displays to provide customers with fresh in-store experiences. The program proposes merging these two roles to create a new professional profile: that of the “visual fashion brand communicator,” who directs the visual communication of a fashion brand. As you study to become a visual fashion brand communicator, you will learn to convey a brand’s identity and values through visual storytelling tools and create a compelling visual language for the brand. You’ll analyze visual merchandising strategies—window displays, floor plans—for showrooms, concept stores, monobrand stores, and department stores. During your year at Domus Academy, you will develop your own theoretical, analytical, and practical approach toward issues related to a specific segment of the fashion styling and visual merchandising field. And you’ll gain direct experience working with top professionals and prestigious brands. Audience The program is designed for candidates with a first-level degree in fashion design, design, photography, architecture, communication, or other related disciplines. It is also aimed at young professionals who work in the fields of industrial design and journalism, and at those who work in the media offices of fashion, fashion styling, or visual merchandising companies. Owners of fashion studios and companies may also enroll to improve their skills in fashion styling and visual merchandising.... [-]

Graduate In Editorial Design And Infographics

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Sao Paulo
Campus Full time 400  March 2017 Brazil São Paulo

The Postgraduate degree in Editorial Design aims to present professional deepening of content, both in traditional media and in the new digital media and multiplatform. With strong strategic emphasis, the program includes the approach to the publishing market, providing along the disciplines essential multidisciplinary experiences. [+]

THIS PROGRAM IS IN PORTUGUESE Taught Next classes: September The graduate programs offered by the Faculty of Technology of the Istituto Europeo di Design are in legal compliance and meet the Resolutions CNE / CES No 1 of April 3, 2001 and paragraph 1, of June 8, 2007 the MEC - Ministry Education. The course is structured in disciplines (360h) and the end of the program, the student must submit a term paper, project or thesis, according to the modality chosen for that class (40h), totaling 400h. Goals: The Postgraduate degree in Editorial Design aims to present professional deepening of content, both in traditional media and in the new digital media and multiplatform. With strong strategic emphasis, the program includes the approach to the publishing market, providing along the disciplines essential multidisciplinary experiences. Public: This program is targeted to professionals who deal with content information aiming to expand and improve their knowledge in the field of publishing, language and viewing. Professionals in the graphic design area, Advertising, Digital Media, Journalism, Manufacturers Graphics, Management and Development of Editorial Processes, among other areas who work in publishing will find this course the possibility of reflection of professional practice and the search for new paths to a market constantly updated. Methodology: The course is divided in three phases: Phase I - Research Phase II - Design: Language, Communication and Cognition Phase III - Integrated Communication Strategy Delivery: The Editorial Information must master the implementation of content for various media - magazines, books, newspapers,... [-]

Master of Arts in New Media - New Media Design and Production

Aalto University
Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Espoo

Would you like to explore the exciting opportunities new digital technology opens to communication, interaction and expression – and find a career where you can utilise your creativity? New Media Design and Production is a major subject within the Master’s Programme in New Media, focusing on art and design in interactive media. [+]

Master Degrees in Visual Design. Would you like to explore the exciting opportunities new digital technology opens to communication, interaction and expression – and find a career where you can utilise your creativity? New Media Design and Production is a major subject within the Master’s Programme in New Media, focusing on art and design in interactive media. The education is project-oriented, combining practice with theory. You can focus on dynamic visualisation, art & culture, interaction design and interactive & generative storytelling. The programme is fully taught in English, and your master’s thesis can be written in Finnish, Swedish or English. Learning outcomes Graduates from the programme have the ability to understand the complex demands of New Media and the skills for creative collaboration, concept development, design and realisation a broad understanding across disciplines, in addition to a deepened knowledge into one's own special expertise the capability to critically analyse and develop established design traditions the ability to extend their professional competence a good foundation to continue external or doctoral studies During the studies you will get familiar with a variety of tools to understand the characteristics of new media. Academic communication and writing are a significant part of the studies, and additional research oriented courses can be chosen if you aim for an academic career. Students and researchers are encouraged to network internationally, and have an option to spend a part of their studies abroad through any of our exchange programmes. For further details on the education content, see the... [-]