About department

Educational processes within the department encompass a wide array of different contents including applied drawing, illustration, typography, layout, packaging, photography, type design, digital media, interaction design and speculative design. The educational approach of the programme is primarily directed towards contextualising designer work within the wider media, social and cultural landscapes. With the onset of the type design and interaction design master programmes of study, students were given an opportunity to receive education in areas of design previously unattainable within the system of higher education for designers in the region. The department creates a link between practice and research and transfers it into discursive work through active publishing activity.

Due to the flexible nature of the programme and its teaching practices, ample workshops led by local and international professionals are continuously conducted in collaborating with renowned professional designers and European institutions of design. Over the course of two and a half decades of its activity within the field of design education, the Department developed strong international connections and actively contributed to the advancement of educational standards in the field of design. The Department directed the Erasmus+ project SpeculativeEdu (https://speculativeedu.eu), the first European project focusing on education in the field of speculative design and similar practices.

The teachers from the Department, in collaboration with the Croatian Designers Association, curated a Croatian performance at the XXI international exhibition Triennale di Milano (2016). Teachers and students participate, present and are awarded at relevant exhibitions and festivals in the field of design (e.g. Vienna Biennale, Universal Soldier Festival Belgrade, Fluid Design Forum Montenegro, Magdalena International Festival of Creative Communication, Biennial Exhibitions of Croatian Design, International Exhibition of Graphic Design and Visual Communications (Zgraf), Biennial of Design (BIO) in Ljubljana, D Day, Plan D,  Output – International student award, CROPACK, INDEX, AIGA, Nagoya Design Do!, and others). The Department was awarded the Great Prize of the 43rd Zagreb Salon of Applied Art and Design (2009). Works resulting from teaching and research activity at the Department are presented in internationally published editions (such as MIT Press).

The Visual Communication Department opened a new exhibition gallery "Ctrl+Z" on the main floor at Zagrebačka 3.

Head of Department:

Deputy Head of Department:

Contact: design@umas.hr

Teaching staff:

  • Dejan Kršić, Full Professor
  • Maris Cilić, Associate Professor
  • Igor Čaljkušić, Associate Professor
  • Nikola Đurek, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Ljubica Marčetić-Marinović, Associate Professor
  • Ivica Mitrović, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Mirko Pivčević, Associate Professor
  • Jelena Zanchi, PhD, Senior Lecturer
  • Nikša Vukša, Lecturer
  • Mario Javorčić, Laboratory Assistant

Teachers from other departments:

  • Blaženka Perica, PhD, Assistant Professor
  • Barbara Gaj, MA, Senior Lecturer
  • Ita Praničević-Borovac, PhD, Senior Lecturer


  • Andrina Granić, PhD, Full Professor
  • Darko Stipaničev, PhD, Full Professor
  • Inga Tomić-Koludrović, PhD, Full Professor
  • Valerija Barada, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Nikola Marangunić, PhD, Assistant Professor
  • Meri Maretić, PhD, Assistant Professor
  • Oleg Šuran, Assistant Professor
  • Ana Bodrožić, Assistant
  • Mirko Petrić, MA, Senior Lecturer
  • Darko Kokić, Lecturer
  • Daša Mamula, Expert Associate
  • Nikola Mikulić, Expert Associate
  • Miranda Veljačić, Expert Associate
  • Vicko Vidan, Expert Associate

Programmes of study

Undergraduate programme of study

Duration: 6 semesters, 180 ECTS

Bachelor in Visual Communications Design is equipped to independently design products in all types of visual communications which involve print and digital products (visual identity, poster and illustration, design of printed publications, and others). Upon the completion of the programme, students also acquire competencies to participate in teamwork focused on the production of technically, visually, and informationally complex products in interactive media.


Master programme of study

Duration: 4 semesters, 120 ECTS

Masters in Visual Communications Design are equipped to independently produce technically, visually, and informationally complex products in the field of visual communications design, typography, interaction design and speculative design. They can lead teams in projects which require multidisciplinary collaboration.


Head of Department
Ivica Mitrović, PhD, Associate Professor
Deputy Head of Department
Jelena Zanchi, PhD, Senior Lecturer