Bath Spa University

Master of Visual Communication (MAVC)


Sion HIll Campus

Sion Hill Place

Bath, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MAVC - Master of Visual Communications.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Cities are sites of cultural, business and political exchange. Visual communication is a principal mode by which this exchange occurs. From large urban structures, through to an individual's footprint, the visual connects distinct facets into a particular and personal experience. The MA Visual Communication is an innovative and accessible programme with three specialist routes in Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography. The programme will examine urban context through three international cities, where students will generate both individual and collaborative responses. The course is distinctive in its structure. Its students will gather at four week long residential sessions, at Bath Spa University and in tow other international cities. The destinations will vary and may include New York, Bangalore, Chicago, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Bangkok and others. There will be programmed lecturers, presentation and frequent opportunities to explore each city. A great advantage of the course structure is its collaborative workshop sessions - Charrettes - in which students will share concentrated periods of intense study, designed to help the development of ideas. The residencies will be social, as well as educational. Following each residency, individuals will develop their projects with on-line or onsite tutorial support. Collaborations and discussions with peers will continue through blogging and video conferencing. Students can also have access to workshop, darkroom and print facilities should they require it. The flexibility of this course will allow MAVC students to work anywhere; you will not need to re-locate in order to study. The course is therefore ideal for emerging as well as established practitioners. In addition, the course offers great potential to develop working relationships with those sharing a common interest, from a variety of countries and cultures across the world.


Assessment of modules is by written submission, presentation and a final exhibition. A dissertation is optional and can be negotiated on an individual basis. It can form part of the final exhibition and will be assessed at the same point.
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