Media and Communication: Visual Communication Design
General entry requirements plus either
- field-specific eligibility A6 (Civics 1b or 1a1+ 1a2)
- field-specific eligibility 6 (upper secondary school level English B and Civics A).
EducationThe programme starts with a semester of basic courses common to all media and communications students. These introductory courses allow students to understand and navigate within today's media lanscape. The students then specialize within the area of visual communication and design, both from a practical and theoretical standpoint. The courses handle the theoretical aspects of visual communication and develop the students' practical skills in graphic design, film and web production.
The students are also introduced to research methods and design and expand their practical and theoretical skills in strategic work, as well as planning, organizing, and carrying out media projects.
The first part of the third year consists of elective courses (30 ECT-credits) We encourage students to take the opportunity to study abroad during this period, should they wish to do so. We also offer complementary courses in Media and Communications that deepen the student's knowledge and skills in different areas (including internship-based courses). Within the final semester students gain further knowledge in theory, research method and design, ending with a research-based thesis or media project.
Form of InstructionTeaching is in the form of lectures, seminars and group work, averaging 2-3 classes per week. You are also required to study on your own. The programme represents full-time work, i.e. an average workload of 40 hours per week.
ExaminationExamination usually takes place at the end of each course, module, or unit. There are no set examination periods, and generally no final exam at the end of a semester, an academic year, or a complete study programme.
Study AbroadThe elective 30 ECTS credits offers students the opportunity to study abroad. Karlstad University has exchange agreements with many universities around the world to which students at the university are eligible to apply.
Professional ContactIn the course of study, students establish profession contacts through guest lectures, and/or via internship in organisations during their elective term.
Course of study
|Semester 1||ECTS credits|
|Introduction to Media and Communication Studies (Obligatory)||15|
|Text, Communication and Organization (Obligatory)||15|
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Visual communication and design I (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|Visual communication and design II (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 4||ECTS credits|
|Strategic digital communication (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 5||ECTS credits|
|Optional course (Optional)||30|
|Semester 6||ECTS credits|
|Visual Communication and Design III (Obligatory)||30|
Elective course: Students are free to choose among certain alternative courses, often depending on their choice of specialisation.
Optional course: Students are free to choose any course offered at Karlstad University or at other universities. Courses listed are examples of recommended or frequently chosen courses for a specific programme.