Build on your existing knowledge, skills and qualifications to develop vocationally-oriented creative portfolios to gain a full BA honours degree qualification. As a home or international student, you'll have completed a Level 5 or equivalent qualification, higher education diploma or foundation degree, and will progress to study on this course alongside students specialising in a range of design subjects.
You'll be able to pick modules in advertising, graphic design and illustration to suit your background and ambitions. Graduate with a broad range of specialist skills from branding to publication layout to storyboarding and pitching. You'll make essential contacts and gain valuable experience even before you graduate.
Students on selected modules have worked for prestigious companies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy, Kraft, McCanns, Gravitas, Taxi Studios and Superdry. You'll be actively engaged with design projects and real-world assignments, addressing a wide variety of creative challenges. Depending on your chosen pathway, you may have the chance to exhibit through our links with the D&AD’s New Blood Exhibition in London and enter the Yellow Pencil award, which previous Visual Communication students have won.
You'll have practical, real-world design and advertising assignments, develop your creative portfolios, undertake individual research and presentations, write essays and proposals, plus write an 8,000-word dissertation. Work towards industry-recognised awards including the D&AD Yellow Pencil award.
Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course. Some modules are compulsory, but in some cases you can also choose modules which interest you from outside your core area of study.
Tariff information for 2018 entry*
Applicants should possess an HND, Diploma of Higher Education or Foundation degree.
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.
Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please email our admissions team for further information.
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- Advertising creative/art director
- Director of photography
- Illustrator for advertising
- Production designer
- Branding and packaging designer
- Graphic designer
- Demo producer
I won a Chip Shop award while at uni and I’m now working for JWT in Malaysia.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do career-wise when I started the course. We were able to choose modules based on what we were interested in. I particularly enjoyed the Creative Portfolio module where we had lectures from creative directors from agencies like McCann Bristol and Publicis London. They gave us briefs, sometimes even live ones and every two weeks we presented our ideas and got feedback. I did a placement at Oakwood agency which ultimately made me realize I wanted to work in advertising.
Based on their module selection and interests, previous students have completed placements with Saatchi & Saatchi X, Ogilvy & Mather, Factor 3, Tangible, Kraft, McCanns, BBH, Gravitas, Superdry and IPA. You can exhibit at D&AD’s New Blood Exhibition in London and our own Art and Design Festival.
“From a typeface to designing a city, what we create in graphic design changes people’s lives. The 1977 ‘I Love New York’ campaign by Milton Glaser shaped a different New York in people’s minds. Glaser didn’t just design something, he changed people’s perceptions. That’s one example of what we can do with the power of graphic design and brand. That’s what inspires me. My teaching is about being approachable; a meeting of two minds, the student and teacher sharing the experience. My office door is always open and my students are always first on my list of priorities.”
Become a multi-skilled communicator
You'll be able to pick modules in advertising, graphic design and illustration to suit your background and ambitions. Graduate with a broad range of specialist skills from branding to publication layouts, storyboarding to illustrating.
Exciting work placement opportunities
Make essential contacts and gain valuable experience, even before you graduate. Students on selected modules have worked for prestigious companies including Saatchi & Saatchi X, Ogilvy & Mather, Factor 3, Tangible, Kraft, McCanns, BBH, Gravitas, IPA, Jones Knowles Ritchie, Taxi Studios, The Allotment, Rufus Leonard, Fitch and Superdry.
Gain exposure through exhibitions and design competitions
You'll be actively engaged with design projects and real world assignments, addressing a wide variety of creative challenges. You’ll be encouraged to exhibit through our links with the D&AD’s New Blood Exhibition in London. Our students won the Yellow Pencil award at the show last year.