University of Alberta - Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research

Visual Communication Design

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Program Information

School:University of Alberta - Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research
Faculty:Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
Field of Study:Design and Visual Communications, General
Description:In Visual Communication Design our approach is interdisciplinary. We are interested in information, communication, instruction and education, and do not deal with consumer product advertising or the promotion of commercial service industries. Thesis topics of former students have included teaching aids for dyslexic children, graphic symbols for industrial safety, orientation aids for the visually impaired, English teaching aids for immigrants, traffic safety communications, and other topics centered on instruction, education, health, cultural activities or scientific communication in both traditional and new media.
URL:Visual Communication Design at University of Alberta - Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research
Length:2 Year(s)

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
Prerequisites:*These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants to the MDES studio program must hold a four-year Bachelor's degree, normally a BDES degree, from a university or another recognized academic institution. Applicants who have completed university degree programs, other than the four-year BDES (for example, a four year BA), must provide evidence of work related to the student's intended area of study that is representative of a level of development equivalent to advanced study in a university program, and a transcript showing completion of senior level coursework in the History of Art and Design. You require a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point scale (B average or 75%) in the last two years of study.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70]
    Application Notes : Applicants may also take a PTE with a minimum score of 65 in order to prove their English proficiency.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Portfolio
    A portfolio of design work and transcripts are also required.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 05, 2022