Advertising (BA Hons)

Examples of student work demonstrating the type of projects you will work on as part of the advertising undergraduate degree.

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Equal 10th for high-quality staff/lectures - THE Student Experience Survey 2018.

Jacob and Syaza's work for Post Office

Work on live briefs for Saatchi & Saatchi

Thinking Caps Redrow student's work
Eastpak student's work

Develop the skills you need to create big advertising campaigns across digital, social, TV and print media, pitching your ideas in the boardrooms of the UK’s leading advertising agencies. Learn from lecturers who’ve worked for Nike, Disney and Superdry. You’ll meet professionals from big employers and show off your talent at D&AD’s New Blood exhibition, London.

Make yourself at home in our creative studio and Mac suite, complete with industry-standard Adobe CC software. We’ll support you to work as a professional from your first year, as you explore advertising’s role in the consumer world and practices that make it effective. Throughout this course you'll develop an understanding of the importance of building a strong brand identity and of innovation in the marketplace. You’ll develop skills in art direction and copywriting as well as photography, design and moving image. Working on live business briefs for agencies such as McCann, Ogilvy & Mather, Publicis and Saatchi &Saatchi, you’ll gain insights into agency working and professional experience; these agencies often open up their boardrooms for our students to pitch their creative campaigns. For many of our students, these projects have led to work placement opportunities and graduate jobs.

As part of our Creative Awards module in your final year, you could follow in the footsteps of many of our students who have won top international awards for their work. This includes the YCN Professional Awards, the Gold Award at the Roses Awards, Chip Shop Awards and the Shelf Awards. Two recent students won places in the highly-contested IPA Ad School, which led to jobs in top London agencies.

From 2018, our Advertising, Graphic Design, Fashion Design and Interior Design courses will move to our stunning Park campus based in Cheltenham. Home to a cosmopolitan range of courses, students and professionals are brought together from a variety of specialisms. Find out more about Park and see where you could be taking the first steps towards your career in advertising.

Study style

You’ll develop strategies and campaigns for a range of creative communications. You'll pitch your ideas in the boardrooms of leading advertising agencies. You’ll exhibit your work at industry exhibitions such as D&AD’s New Blood exhibition in London.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry*

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Art, Design and Media, International Year One Art, Design and Media and Integrated Programme.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by interview. Please refer to the interview guide for further information.

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UCAS codes

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BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeN561


  • Advertising director
  • Art director
  • Copywriter
  • Creative planner
  • Account manager
  • Profile photo of Hannah Ballyn

    Student Focus

    Hannah Ballyn

    I got a job at Saatchi & Saatchi X, just two weeks after graduating.

    Now I’m an art director working on international campaigns. I credit my advertising degree for my achievements. The course is incredibly well connected with agencies in Cheltenham and London. We were treated as part of an agency and we got live briefs from businesses like Saatchi & Saatchi and Ogilvy. They used our creatives in their campaigns. I art directed our final show at New Blood. I developed so much confidence which made a huge difference to getting my job on graduation.

    Industry links

    Benefit from our close partnerships with prominent national and international agencies, such as AMV BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicis, Ogilvy & Mather, Havas, Tangible, Prophecy Unlimited, Different Kettle Bristol and McCann. Experts from these organisations share their insights in lectures and offer work placements and opportunities.

    Saatchi and Saatchi offices London

    Work on live briefs for Saatchi & Saatchi

    Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann, Ogilvy & Mather and Publicis open their boardroom door for students to pitch their creative campaign ideas, giving you the chance to work on live briefs. For many of our students, this has led to placements and graduate jobs.

    Our students win national advertising awards

    Join our network of award-winning students. Top international awards such as the YCN Professional Awards, the Gold Award at the Roses Award, the Chip Shop Awards and the Shelf Awards.

    Jacob and Syaza, student who won award

    Visit D&AD’s New Blood exhibition

    Showcase Showcase your final year work at this exciting event and meet, greet and network with the UK ad industry’s biggest talents, ready for your career.

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