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Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Communication Design


The Glasgow School of Art

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in
Communication Design

Never before has the communications arena had such fluidity for the realisation of student ideas and professional identity; whether it be simple or complex, witty or profound - Communication Design is a platform for the thinking of tomorrow.

Digital technology has provided a multimedia, multi-layered set of opportunities for Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography. Students now incorporate the traditional skills of drawing, printing, photography and other graphic processes with video, sound, animation and other aspects of moving image and multimedia. Students are no longer defined by their specialism, but through their creative interpretations and articulation of the brief.

In order for a student to develop a vision of the future, they need an understanding of the past. Each area within Communication Design encourages a critical engagement with historic and contemporary practice, relating social cultural and political contexts. Learning is supported by a weekly series of professional practice lectures, in which some of the most respected designers in Europe visit the School and meet our students.

Staff are active in research within the graphics industry through consultancy and freelance design.

There are three distinct specialisms in Communication Design at the GSA:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography

Each of the specialisms encourages students to develop an inventive and critical approach to solving communication design problems.

Our graduates work across the world in Design agencies and international companies including Pentagram, Graphic Thought Facility, Esquire, Lust, O-SB, Weiden + Kennedy, Lewis Moberly, Williams and Phoa, BBC, Stand, ISO, or in freelance practice, working in publishing, editorial, film and TV.

All GSA degree programmes are validated by University of Glasgow, a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


The Glasgow School of Art
BA (Hons) Communication Design


Learning and teaching in the Department of Communication Design encourages self-motivation and sustained independent learning. GSA employs a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, talks, presentations and group discussions, individual or group tutorials, projects, practical workshops and critical reviews. In each year Interior Design and Communication Design students will collaborate at certain points in the academic year for briefings, reviews and feedback sessions.

Programme Structure

Year 1 (Level 3 Communication Design) - Term 1

Year 1 (Level 3 Communication Design) - Term 2

Year 1 (Level 3 Communication Design) - Term 3

Year 2 (Level 4 Communication Design) - Term 1

Year 2 (Level 4 Communication Design) - Term 2

Year 2 (Level 4 Communication Design) - Term 3


The Glasgow School of Art
BA (Hons) Communication Design

Polytechnic Diploma

Nanyang Polytechnic

  • Digital Media Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Visual Communication

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

  • Animation & 3D Arts
  • Horticulture & Landscape Management
  • Landscape Design & Horticulture
  • Multimedia & Animation
  • Product Design & Innovation

Republic Polytechnic

  • Design for Interactivity

Singapore Polytechnic

  • Creative Media Design 
  • Digital Animation
  • Experience & Product Design
  • Visual Communication & Media Design
  • Visual Effects & Motion Graphics

Temasek Polytechnic

  • Digital Film & Television (formerly known as Moving Images)
  • Product & Industrial Design
  • Retail & Hospitality Design
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Visual Communication

GSA is interested in interdisciplinary practices and cross-fertilisation, and welcomes applications from all diploma-qualified students with an interest in contemporary design issues and studies. Applicants from other diplomas not listed will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


The Glasgow School of Art
BA (Hons) Communication Design

AY2014/15 - Fee structure for normal candidature period of study (based on 3 semesters per year)

  SC SPR IS / Non-subsidised Fees
Sem 1 S$3,367 S$6,734 S$11,434
Sem 2 S$3,367 S$6,734 S$11,434
Sem 3 S$3,366 S$6,732 S$11,432
Sem 4 S$3,367 S$6,734 S$11,434
Sem 5 S$3,367 S$6,734 S$11,434
Sem 6 S$3,366 S$6,732 S$11,432

SC: Singapore Citizens
SPR: Singapore Permanent Residents
IS: International Students


1. All amounts quoted are exclusive of GST.
2. For students paying subsidised fees, GST on the tuition fees will be subsidised by MOE.
3. For students paying non-subsidised fees, GST on the tuition fee is to be borne by the student.


Here's a list of relevant polytechnic diplomas for the respective degree programmes.

For students admitted to SIT in AY2014/15, the annual tuition fee is fixed at the AY2014/15 rate for the duration of their degree programme.

Financial Assistance (eg. CPF, PSEA, TFL, SL) are available if the necessary criteria are met for the tuition fees. SIT has the discretion to invoice students based on the credit rates accordingly if the financial assistance do not apply.

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The Glasgow School of Art
BA (Hons) Communication Design


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