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FAQ: Fine and Applied Arts

Communication Design

Communication Design is a field related to the areas of graphic design and advertising. You will learn to develop your creative abilities and critical thinking skills as you communicate concepts and messages to specific audiences through various forms of printed and digital mediums.

The communication design field continues to expand and provides many professional opportunities. Graduates work as Art Directors, Graphic Designers, Creative Designers, Web Designers, Brand Managers, Illustrators, Package Designers, and Exhibition Designers.

CDP has been successfully operating for ten years and was developed by a team of professional designers and educators. The faculty and staff of CDP, as well as Mahidol University International College, are further committed to offering a program of the highest academic standard.

The CDP curriculum is unique to Thailand as it offers a strong foundation in the basics of design skills necessary in the development as a designer. CDP embraces innovative thinking and effective communication for design with a global perspective.

CDP prepares you to work in the international design field, or to further your studies in a master’s degree program abroad. This is accomplished by helping you to develop your creative and critical thinking skills in an intense study environment with diverse faculty and classmates.

Yes. MUIC and CDP have agreements with select universities and programs abroad to provide students with the opportunity to spend one term abroad. We recommend that students who go abroad to study do so in the first term of their third year.

CDP faculty members are experienced professional foreign and Thai faculty dedicated to help you succeed in your studies. Your instructors will work closely with you, assisting you in developing to your fullest potential and encouraging you to grow individually. For more specific information about faculty, please see the faculty profiles.

CDP classes are taught in dedicated design studios and classrooms in the new Aditayathorn Building. Students have access to high-quality printers, as well as special tools, equipment, and resources to facilitate the creative process.

Studio class sizes are relatively small with a maximum of 25 per class, although most classes are typically smaller than that. We prefer to keep the class sizes small to allow students and instructors to interact in a personalized and rigorous environment.

If you are you a creative thinker, enjoy making or looking at art and / or design, like using computers, and are highly motivated, you may have what it takes to be successful in communication design.

Yes. CDP is designed to give you the option to study further in a master’s degree program. A master’s degree is necessary if you choose to teach at the university level, and is useful in preparing you to work in the design field. Many CDP alumni have furthered their studies at top universities in the US, UK, Australia, Hong Kong, and Thailand.

It is a good idea to be familiar with areas of Communication Design, so we recommend that you do additional research by looking at graphic design books and magazines online and/or offline. You can also prepare your portfolio by practicing observational drawing and by creating other art and design projects, including photography, painting, 3-D models, posters, t-shirts, logos, etc.

Your portfolio for application should contain a total of 12 – 15 examples of your best and most recent original work. You should select works which display the range of your art and design experiences, and which highlight your creativity as well as your technical skills. Approximately half the work should be observational drawings and the other work can be paintings, illustrations, photographs, 3-D models, logo designs, poster designs, etc. For more specific information about what to include in your portfolio, please see portfolio requirements.

Media And Communication

No. Only media that cannot cope with the new landscape and the convergence of platforms die. Those that know how to tell a story and adapt their platforms to audiences will not die. The Media Com program wants our graduates to go out and improve the Thai media landscape so that it stays relevant and serves society.

Documentary makers, media production people (e.g., scriptwriters, directors, cinematographers), feature writers, journalists, editors, marketers, media policy makers, media consultants, media researchers. The media landscape is huge. You have many jobs waiting for you if you know how to communicate ideas and tell a story well.

Of course. At Media Com, we create artists not technicians. Therefore, in order to make you know how to tell a story as an artist via media you must possess all knowledge that enable you to tell a story well. That is why you have to learn about literature, aesthetics, and the theories of media, communication, and culture first. In our classes, we believe that theory is useful when you know how to use it. Thus, most classes will ask you to create media content (e.g., documentary, social media blogs, memes) by applying your knowledge in the making of it. You do not just sit down and listen to lecture classes. You always have to conduct practiced-based projects.

Media Com is the only international communication arts degree program in Thailand that requires students to create their own degree project for their thesis, whether in the form of a research-based project or a practice-based project, in order to graduate. Other international communication arts programs have you pass class exams or conduct a group project to graduate. Media Com is for passionate students who want to create their own content portfolios.

Yes. The best opportunity is during the first trimester of your fourth year of study, where you can study abroad and be preparing your thesis proposal to be submitted at the same time.

Yes. During the third trimester of your third year, your only class will be the required internship you need to graduate. Media Com has established connections with prestigious organizations in Thailand so you should have good options for your internship venues (e.g., British Council, Channel 3, Naew Na media, etc.). Alternatively, it is also possible to do your internship abroad instead of doing study aboard.

The Media Com program and its studios are housed on the fifth and sixth floors of MUIC’s new Aditayathorn Building. Students have access to production studios with a green screen, audio-recording suites and voice-over booth, mastering room, and a screening room. The program also maintains industry level production equipment (e.g., cameras, lenses, lights, audio recording, etc.) students have access to during their studies.

Fine and Applied Arts (FAA) Office

Room 632, 6th Floor,
Aditayathorn Building
Phone: +66 (0) 2700 5000 ext. 4611, 4612
Fax: +66 (0) 2700 5011
Email: icfaa@mahidol.ac.th
Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 5:00 pm