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Communication Design

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Language of education
English (100%)
12 months
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University

Program description

One of the essential ways in which information is transferred and communicated is through text, whether verbal or written. Texts should inform or convince, depending on the communication objectives.

Communication designers research different factors that can affect a text in order to create an effective communication tool. These factors can be characteristics of the text, such as style and structure, but also the conversation characteristics and the influence of non-verbal communication.

Furthermore, the context and purpose of a text and how readers process information also play a major role in communication. In the English-taught Master's specialization in Communication Design, you will research how communication processes work and how you can influence these processes effectively. You will learn to analyse texts and tailor them to different target groups and acquire knowledge about how to measure whether in practice a text has the desired effect.

The demand for communication designers is growing rapidly. Due to the continuing development of new communication technologies and the gap of human factors which is created, communication designers need to apply their knowledge to close this gap. New technology has already provided solutions to many communication problems. When it comes to human factors, the computer experts should combine their enormous technological knowledge with that of communication designers in order to complete the communication picture.

Communication Design Students

Our Communication Design students are currently researching and studying many aspects of the broad field of communication in order to become the experts of tomorrow, able to use their knowledge to close the gap that exists between communication technology and human factors.

A dedicated international group of students are working both individually and in teams toward a common goal: delivering new input for the academic world and businesses worldwide. The final and most important part of the chain that will benefit from this great knowledge is society.

Communication Design Career Prospects

After completing the Communication Design specialization, you will be able to conduct research on the transfer of information through text. Moreover, you will be capable of advising people about writing a clear, attractive and convincing text according to various communication objectives. You can embark on a career in different positions within profit or non-profit organizations, government agencies and related organizations or in the business world.

After graduating, you could also continue your career as an academic researcher in the broad field of communication.

This is a small selection of positions you may apply for after you have completed your program:

  • Communication Design Manager
  • Communication Strategist
  • Advertising Design Strategist
  • Communication Design Engineer
  • Device User Experience Design Specialist
  • Design Researcher

Communication Design Related Programs

Besides the Master in Communication Design, Tilburg University offers several other specializations  within the framework of the Communication and Information Sciences program.

Specializations include: Business Communication and Digital MediaData JournalismIntercultural Communication, and Human Aspects of Information Technology.

See which other programs are related to the Master Communication Design

Communication Design Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master in Communication Design will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MA degree at Tilburg University.

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Communication Design

About Tilburg University

At Tilburg University, our mission is to inspire students and faculty members to reach their full potential, and in doing so, reap a positive impact on the society around them. Our education and research is internationally inspired and is ground breaking. Tilburg is represented among the top institutes in the international university rankings.

Tilburg University educational programs instil a broad social awareness in our students along with critical personal and professional skills. Learning and development are offered at all career levels. Research endeavours aim to advance the frontiers of knowledge on issues and subjects of direct value to society – and are actively disseminated and applied within the community with this objective in mind. We play an active part in the local community and that of the region, the Netherlands and the entire world, maintaining close contact at all levels.

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