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MA Visual Communication Design (Management)

Are you passionate about graphic design and want to lead in the modern design sector? This MA Visual Communication Design (Management) will help you develop a critical understanding of design thinking and management in a globalised business environment and focuses on preparing you for emerging careers.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 to 3 years
Starting in: January, April
Tuition Fee: £9,500 (UK), £10,550 (International)
Location: Online

The MA Visual Communication Design (Management), which is available fully online from Arden University, has been crafted to meet the demands of 21st-century design thinking and focuses on preparing you for emerging careers.

This course gives you the opportunity to bring your creative talent to the foreground while learning vital modern disciplines in the business side of the design and visual communication industry. Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), this master’s degree is for managers who will use design leadership techniques and apply design management strategies for successful outcomes within organisations.

The course focuses on four key themes – visual thinking, communication design, design practice, and business management. Throughout the course, you’ll also benefit from non-traditional insights and approaches that will help you acquire niche skills. You’ll gain a broad understanding of what is at stake in the successful development of businesses, products, services, communications, environments, and brands, and you’ll graduate with the confidence and attributes needed to transform business culture and lives through visual communication.

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Career Opportunities

Upon completing this degree programme you could pursue a fulfilling role such as:

  • Design manager
  • Senior designer
  • Strategic design manager​
  • Innovation designer ​
  • UX designer, UI designer ​
  • Design and brand consultancy
  • Design communication management
  • In-house design and marketing roles


This master’s degree is awarded by Arden University, a UK institution who has served over 50,000 students from across the globe. Arden’s courses are all designed with student success in mind and a strong focus on career-ready skills. The learning material is created with guidance and insights from industry experts, so the course itself reflects the real-life work environment and scenarios you’ll encounter after graduating.

As an institution that believes in making higher education more accessible, Arden University has introduced a Scholarship programme for international students studying with us online.
These scholarships allow you to benefit from significant reductions in your tuition fees.

Am I eligible to apply?

In order to receive one of Arden’s international scholarships, you’ll need to be:

  • Applying from an eligible country, either as a citizen or permanent resident of the region.
  • Applying for one of our eligible online programmes.

Programme Content

Core Modules (20 credits each)

  • Design Thinking and Practice
  • Design Management Practice
  • Emerging Communication Design
  • Collaborative Design I
  • Collaborative Design II
  • Design Professional Practice
  • Creative Situated Practice
  • Research Report

Programme Delivery

This course is delivered 100% online, which means you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, you can simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also speak and collaborate with your tutor and classmates through live online forums and email.


"It was really important for me to study and work at the same time because I already started building my career. I've always had a lot of big ideas, but I never had the foundation and knowledge of how to bring those ideas to life, so that's what I'm getting from my degree."

Sandor // BA (Hons) Business Management