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Communication Design

What do I learn in CDP?

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.

What kind of job in Communication Design can I get after I graduate?

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.

Is CDP a good program?

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.

How is CDP different from other design programs?

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.

How is this program international?

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.

Will I have the opportunity to study abroad if I enroll in CDP?

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.

Who's going to teach me?

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.

What facilities and equipment will I have access to?

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.

How many other students in my classes?

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.

How do I know if I have the potential to succeed in the communication design field?

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.

Does CDP prepare me for a Master's degree program?

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.

Is there anything I can do to prepare to study in CDP?

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.

What do I need for my portfolio?

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

Is Thai media dead?

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.

What will my job be when I graduate?

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.

Can I create practical products since there are many lecture classes?

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.

How is Media Com different from other international Communication Arts Programs?

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.

Do I have a chance for exchange study abroad?

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.

Do I have chance to do an internship?

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.

What facilities and equipment will I have access to?

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
Fax: +66 (0) 2700 5011
Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 5:00 pm